This course will review the hazards and safeguards employers and employees should take to protect themselves. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious organisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needle sticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. For workers who may experience injuries from dealing with sharp objects as well as workers who may be exposed to human blood, it is essential, and an OSHA requirement for there to be safeguards in place to prevent and treat exposure.
This course will review ways to reduce employees risk from exposure to various chemicals and their hazards. The hierarchy of controls will be reviewed along with an evaluation of OSHA standards governing the use of chemicals. The use and value of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) will be examined and personal protective equipment (PPE) selections will be evaluated.
Many employers are unaware that OSHA requires annual training for employees who are designated to use a fire extinguisher in the workplace This course will inform employers about the options and requirements for selecting employees to use fire extinguishers. For workplace safety, employees need to know how to operate a fire extinguisher and where they are stored. It is also important for employers to know the requirements for regular maintenance of the extinguishers.
This training helps to integrate and classify the many pieces of information that relate to chemical hazard communication. In a typical workplace, a worker may be confronted with posted hazard warnings, signs, tags, incoming labels, workplace labels, safety data sheets (SDSs), manuals explaining the company hazard communication program, lists of chemicals, and information furnished by the manufacturer, employer, unions, etc. This wide variety of communications will differ in format, content and reading level. These differences can obscure the important hazard communication message. Training can reduce this background “noise” by presenting the necessary information in a structured and logical manner.
Hazcom Training sessions also serve another important purpose – they provide a forum for employees to share their health and safety concerns, and to obtain answers from managers and occupational health and safety professionals. Employees can also share their ideas and job experiences – they often have acquired real expertise in dealing with potentially hazardous situations. This then allows employees to have a hand in their own protection against the many hazards chemicals can present.
This program is customized to each worksite’s particular situation and requirements. It is the employee orientation that sets the foundation for a company’s safety culture and provides new employees an overview of company polices in relation to OSHA requirements. Tailored sessions focus on safety in the workplace and highlight topics, such as managing safety and health, identifying, communicating and addressing hazards, emergency action and fire protection and protection plans. Additional focus can be placed areas such as personal protective equipment, hazardous materials, lockout tagout, and hand and power tools.
An OSHA Authorized Trainer will provide required and elective content for its 10 hour and 30 hour training general industry courses. These featured courses are the standard for training in safety topics and are becoming a basic requirement in certain industries for workers prior to be qualified to work at a site. Workers who complete an OSHA courses receive laminated certification cards that are considered valuable credentials and are portable. Topics include Introduction to OSHA, emergency action plans, fire prevention, electrocution prevention (arc flash), personal protective equipment, hazard communication, safety and health programs, hazardous materials, machine guarding, fall protection, hand and power tools, lockout/tagout, confined spaces (permit required and non-permit), in conjunction with selected elective and optional courses tailored to your specific needs.
Personal protective equipment refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. Many employers are unaware that OSHA requires a written certification of performance of a PPE assessment for their workplace or worksites. This course also teaches how to perform these assessments and furnishes forms to carry out same. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemical, biohazard, and airborne matter. Protective equipment is worn for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, as well as to comply with OSHA standards and requirements. The purpose of PPE is to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering or administrative controls are not feasible to reduce these hazards to acceptable levels when they are present. Some examples are noise levels, particulate matter or fumes that are the by-products of the manufacturing processes. This course works with companies and their workers to identify the hazards that necessitate the use of PPE, to review the OSHA standards and requirements, and to plan an effective and customized program for the use of PPE in the workplace.
The RCRA, enacted in 1976, is the principal federal law governing the disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste. This law gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate and enforce requirements governing the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste, as well as the design of corrective actions. It also provides a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes and the protection of groundwater, particularly from the hazards of underground storage tanks. RCRA provides “cradle to grave” control of solid and hazardous waste by establishing management requirements for generators and transporters of hazardous waste and for owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. This course reviews the requirements of the RCRA as these apply to industry, the implications of non-compliance in terms of safety and citations, and best practices of industry for storing, managing and disposing of solid and hazardous waste.
A Safety Committee as an integral part of a comprehensive safety culture and is required by OR OSHA as a tool to manage safety and health throughout the organization. These committees are comprised of organizational management (key decision makers who can influence safety systems, such as COO, HRD), a cross section of area supervisors who are responsible for managing safety systems and procedures on-site, and a representative sample of front line workers who implement safety systems. The Committee has several functions: 1) to develop a safety plan and procedures for all operations; 2) to conduct site assessments to identify potential safety hazards and issues; 3) to design programs of remediation of identified safety hazards; 4) to study and become familiar with best practices in the safety field as well as new OSHA requirements and their implications; 5) to plan safety training programs for all workers; and 6) to champion safety throughout the organization. This course involves working with the organization to develop, build, guide, support and provide training for a Safety Committee tailored to the particular company and its needs.
The Safety Primer involves working closely with staff at all levels of the organization. The tailored on-site session will ensure that everyone from the front-line staff to middle-line supervisors and the director are on the same page about 1) the organization’s safety program and how to implement it; 2) the identification of workplace hazards and what to do about them; 3) the training of workers in safety procedures. This safety primer is an essential component when building a “no harm” safety culture.
This course is intended to give front-line and middle level workers and supervisors, tasked with the on-the-job training, and helps develop in them an understanding of and the skills involved in teaching skills to others. Training in the operations includes instruction on safety techniques, precautions, skill in operation of the equipment or subject matter, as well as OSHA requirements, best practices, and PPE (where required). Being competent or qualified with equipment or subject matter does not necessarily mean that a person is an effective trainer, so regardless of what the particular subject area is, students will learn and engage training techniques and methods, including lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, testing, and group discussion. Effective communication styles and strategies will be discussed. Students will ultimately be expected to demonstrate their skills as a trainer in actual practice.
OSHA 10 and 30 courses have specific content requirements per Federal OSHA, but can still provide flexibility in the selection of elective and optional topics. All other training courses are planned and conducted by EHS Maven (6) to meet the unique needs of the company or organization requesting the training. Our goal is to help you build a Safety Culture of “no harm” and ultimately save your company good people, resources, time, and money.