Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New course offings - Asbestos Training for Building Managers Course and the new OSHA Cranes in Construction course

Two new courses are now being offered. Our 1-day Asbestos Training for Building Managers course will be held on October 13th of this year, and the Cranes in Construction course will be held on January 14th, and June 12th of 2015. Please see below for course descriptions, and registration information.

1-day Asbestos Training for Building Managers

Building and facility owners and managers, project managers, construction managers, general contractors, engineering and maintenance managers, EHS personnel and environmental consultants.

BENEFITS:Federal and State asbestos regulations assign overall responsibility for compliance to employers and building or facility owners. Current asbestos courses follow a model plan for specific disciplines such as asbestos abatement and maintenance workers, inspectors and project designers. Often these courses are not applicable to building management personnel. This one-day course will identify major sections of current regulations regarding facility operation compliance. Format is by lecture followed by small workshops to reinforce understanding and a case study to combine course objectives.

TO REGISTER:https://ophp.sph.rutgers.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=ABM101314

OSHA 2055: CRANES IN CONSTRUCTIONThis course covers the requirements for operation of cranes in the construction industry using the OSHA construction Cranes and Derricks Standard as a guide. Course topics include hazards associated with crane assembly and disassembly, types of cranes, lifting concepts, rigging and wire rope, signaling, employee qualifications and training, and maintenance, repair, and inspection requirements. Students will participate in workshops to reinforce concepts of safe crane operation. Upon course completion students will have the ability to identify the types of cranes and their components and attachments, determine safe operating conditions, and recognize common violations of OSHA Standards.

*PLEASE NOTE:  The OSHA 2055 training has been added as an elective under the "Construction Safety and Health Specialist Certificate".

TO REGISTER:https://ophp.sph.rutgers.edu/wconnect/ShowSchedule.awp?&Mode=GROUP&Group=AOT055&Title=OSHA+2055+Cranes+in+Construction&SubGroup=AOT

New educational resources available: Agriculture and Spanish language

OSHA has developed a new agricultural fact sheet and QuickCardTM on the safe use of tripod orchard ladders, which are used by workers such as fruit pickers and landscapers. Many workers have been hurt from slips on rungs, falls, collapsing ladders and being struck by tree branches.
These resources explain the safety precautions employers and supervisors should take to prevent these injuries. The QuickCardTM is available in English and Spanish.
Also now available online is a Spanish-language version (PDF*) of OSHA's Asbestos fact sheet. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen that can cause chronic lung disease as well as lung and other cancers. The fact sheet lists jobs that may expose workers to asbestos hazards and explains the OSHA standards that employers are required to follow to protect workers from those hazards.
To order quantities of these or any other OSHA materials, visit OSHA's Publications Web page or call the Office of Communications at (202) 693-1999.

OSHA emphasizes importance of acclimatization in protecting outdoor workers from heat illness

OSHA emphasizes importance of acclimatization in protecting outdoor workers from heat illness
Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
The Department of Labor and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up again to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. Heat-related injuries and fatalities in outdoor workers continue with record-breaking heat waves over the last three summers. In 2012 alone, at least 31 workers died of heat related illness and 4,120 more were made sick.
In a June 19, 2014 call with meteorologists and weather reporters across the country, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels and NOAA's Deputy Undersecretary Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany discussed the dangers.
"Every year, dozens of workers are killed by heat, and thousands more experience heat-related illnesses," said Michaels. "We have found that the workers who are most at risk for heat-related illnesses are those who are new to outdoor jobs – especially temporary workers – or those that have returned from more than a week away. Workers are particularly at risk if the weather has just gotten hot, and they have not been acclimatized to the heat."
Seasonal workers can be considered new even if they have been working every season for several years. Gradually increasing the workload and giving workers time to acclimate allows them to build tolerance to the heat. This is critically important for workers who are new to working outdoors in the heat, who have been away from working in the heat for a week or more, or at the beginning of a heat wave. Visit OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention page for more information and to get OSHA's free Heat Safety Tool smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 138,000 time to date. To order quantities of OSHA's heat illness educational materials in English or Spanish, call OSHA's Office of Communications at (202) 693-1999.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New interactive training tool highlights hazard identification

interactive webtool
OSHA has announced a new interactive webtool that will help small businesses identify and correct hazards in the workplace. The tool allows employers and workers to explore how to identify workplace hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries and address them with practical and effective solutions.
"Hazard identification is a critical part of creating an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "This new tool not only educates employers about how to take control of their workplaces and protect workers, it also demonstrates that following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line."
For more information see the press releaseblog and trailer. The hazard identification training tool can be found on OSHA’s website at www.osha.gov/hazfinder.

National safety stand-down reaches 1M workers

National Safety Stand-Down
OSHA and partners from industry, labor, academia and community organizations reached more than one million workers and 25,000 businesses last week during the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. From June 2 to 6, businesses paused their workday to focus on preventing falls in the workplace, the number one cause of death in the construction industry.
Clark Construction Group LLC hosted several events during the stand-down week, including a safety demonstration with Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels at the African American History Museum construction site in Washington, D.C. The United States Air Force also hosted stand-downs at bases worldwide, involving 650,000 workers. In Florida, NASCAR race car driver Greg Biffle demonstrated fall protection equipment with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab at the Daytona International Speedway, which is currently under construction.
Workers and employers who participated in a safety stand-down can print their official certificate of participation from OSHA, which will be available through the end of July. View pictures on the Department of Labor Flickr page and read the latest blogs for more information on preventing falls: Stopping Falls Saves Lives and 1 Million Workers Standing Down for Safety.

New educational resources available to protect workers from heat illness and falls

Fall prevention booklet
New and updated materials for OSHA's Fall Prevention and Heat Illness campaigns are now available. OSHA's Fall Prevention Training Guide includes lesson plans, or "toolbox talks" in English or Spanish to help employers protect workers from fall hazards on the job. Resources for OSHA's 2014 campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses in outdoor workers include fact sheets, posters, wallet cards and a training guide.
To order quantities of these or any other OSHA materials, visit OSHA's Publications Web page or call the Office of Communications at (202) 693-1999.

"Deadly Dust" video wins award for getting out the message on silicosis

Deadly Dust video
"Deadly Dust," an OSHA educational video on the hazards of silica exposure, won first place in the safety category in an international competition to find the best business communications videos.
OSHA's nine-minute documentary-style video puts a face on the debilitating and fatal effects of silicosis through images of construction workers on the job. Interviews with doctors, OSHA officials, safety consultants, stone carvers and others provide additional information on the disease and safety measures to prevent it. Visit OSHA's silica rulemaking Web page for more information and the Department of Labor's YouTube channel to watch this and other videos on protecting the safety and health of America's workers.

OSHA and the American Staffing Association form alliance to protect temporary workers

OSHA and the American Staffing Association form alliance to protect temporary workers
Protecting Temporary Workers
OSHA signed an alliance with the American Staffing Association May 21 to work together to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards.
"We want to make sure that at the end of every work shift, all temporary workers in the United States are able to go home safely to their families," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Through this alliance with the ASA, we will increase outreach to staffing agencies and host employers and provide information and education that is vital to protecting temporary workers."
Through the alliance, OSHA and ASA will conduct outreach to workers about their rights, and work to educate staffing firms and their clients that all workers have the right to be safe, regardless of how long they have been on the job. The partners will work together to distribute OSHA guidance and additional information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to further develop ways of communicating such information to staffing firms, host employers and temporary workers. See the news release and read about OSHA’s Alliance Program for more information.

OSHA launches annual summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses

Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
OSHA announced May 22 the launch of its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA's campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the serious hazards of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards.
"Heat-related illnesses can be fatal, and employers are responsible for keeping workers safe," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "Employers can take a few easy steps to save lives, including scheduling frequent water breaks, providing shade and allowing ample time to rest."
In 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illnesses. Heat illness disproportionately affects those who have not built up a tolerance to heat, and it is especially important for employers to allow new and temporary workers time to acclimate. Workers at particular risk include those in outdoor industries, such as agriculture, construction, landscaping and transportation.
Visit OSHA's heat campaign Web page for free educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a free heat app for mobile devices. See the news release and therecent blog by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels for more on OSHA's heat illness campaign and resources.

Friday, May 16, 2014

June 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down aims to reach more than 25,000 employers and 1 million workers

On June 2-6, OSHA will host a National Safety Stand-Down for Fall Prevention in Construction to raise awareness about the hazards of falls – the leading cause of death in the construction industry. During this week, employers and workers are asked to voluntarily stop work to discuss fall prevention, including topics such as safe work on roofs, ladders and scaffolds.
National Safety Stand-down poster
"Almost 300 construction workers were killed in falls in 2012. Thousands more were seriously injured," said Secretary of Labor Tom Perez in a video statement. "Now is the time to focus on this vital safety issue. The economy is on the rebound, housing starts are on the rise, and the summer construction season is getting underway."
Participation in the stand-down for safety is open to all employers — including general industry. Large and small employers across the nation have committed to participate, including U.S. Air Force facilities nationwide. This year's stand-down expects to reach more than 25,000 employers and one million workers. To learn how you can join the June stand-down, visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown, or check out OSHA’s regional events page to access the latest information on stand-down events taking place across the country.