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.