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Assisting Mass Municipal Agencies in Preparing for the 2019 OSHA Requirements

Updated OSHA Compliance with MGL has begun!

Here is a simple one-pager on how United Alliance Services can help get you into compliance!

OSHA Safety Training for Municipalities & Schools

Beginning February 2019, public employees are required to provide OSHA safety training and maintain OSHA compliance with job sites and safety training.

OSHA – UASC Training for MUNICIPALITIES:

  • Address the OSHA training requirements specific to each department
  • Training standards help municipalities perform jobs safely reducing worker comp, medical leave times, and injuries on the job.
  • Choose up to six electives that best suits your team members.
  • We maintain copies of all training’s, so if your system is compromised, we have a backup.
  • We’ll notify you when refreshers need to be renewed, so it’s one less thing to fall through the cracks.
  • We have developed the training programs allowing you to focus on your area of expertise

Click here for OSHA Safety Training for Municipalities!

OSHA – UASC Training for SCHOOLS:

  • Experienced OSHA safety regulations instructors
  • Help school employees perform their jobs safely by outlining first-hand, real-life scenarios
  • You choose the sessions that best suit your team members as you know them best
  • We maintain backup copies of all training documentation
  • Notifications when refreshers need to be renewed
  • We have developed the training programs, which is our area of expertise, to allow you to focus on your area of expertise – running an efficient school system.

Click here for OSHA Safety Training for MA Schools!

Record Keeping

Prior to the new law, the public sector was exempt from maintaining an OSHA 300 log. The MA Department of Labor Standards (DLS) now states that you only need to provide your OSHA 300 log when an inspector or the Bureau of Labor Statistics requests to see it.

The best practice is to maintain an OSHA 300 log.

OSHA 300 Log for MA Public Sector

An OSHA 300 log is used by private sector employers with more than 10 employees to maintain a record of injuries and illnesses that took place and are referred to as a “recordable”.

All of the recordables are documented, but each record also needs a form 301 completed, which details the injury/illness.

A recordable includes any work-related illness and/or injury that results in:

• Fatality
• loss of consciousness, missed work, restricted work, transfer to a lower-risk job
• medical treatment beyond first aid
• diagnosis of a work-related cancer, chronic irreversible disease, fractured or cracked bones/teeth, and punctured eardrums
• any drugs being prescribed or taken at prescription strength

Needle-sticks and sharps injuries, medical removal, hearing loss, and tuberculosis have special recording criteria.

Sponsors

UASC & ABC MA 2019 Kick-Off & Induction

United Alliance Services Corporation is a General Sponsor!

Happening now, UASC is attending the 2019 Kickoff Meeting and Installation of Officers

We became a general sponsor this year and are looking forward to what 2019 has to offer both ABC MA & UASC

  • Experts on assisting with ABC STEP PROGRAM (Safety Training and Evaluation Process)
  • Engaged on safety programs with Gould Construction Institute.

We are also connected to the ABC RI Chapter

Don Royer is Co-chair on safety and education for ABC RI

Man in a hardhat standing inside a warehouse

Assisting Mass Municipal Agencies in Preparing for the 2019 OSHA Requirements

Updated OSHA Compliance with MGL has begun!

Here is a simple one-pager on how United Alliance Services can help get you into compliance!

OSHA Safety Training for Municipalities & Schools

Beginning February 2019, public employees are required to provide OSHA safety training and maintain OSHA compliance with job sites and safety training.

OSHA – UASC Training for MUNICIPALITIES:

  • Address the OSHA training requirements specific to each department
  • Training standards help municipalities perform jobs safely reducing worker comp, medical leave times, and injuries on the job.
  • Choose up to six electives that best suits your team members.
  • We maintain copies of all training’s, so if your system is compromised, we have a backup.
  • We’ll notify you when refreshers need to be renewed, so it’s one less thing to fall through the cracks.
  • We have developed the training programs allowing you to focus on your area of expertise

Click here for OSHA Safety Training for Municipalities!

OSHA – UASC Training for SCHOOLS:

  • Experienced OSHA safety regulations instructors
  • Help school employees perform their jobs safely by outlining first-hand, real-life scenarios
  • You choose the sessions that best suit your team members as you know them best
  • We maintain backup copies of all training documentation
  • Notifications when refreshers need to be renewed
  • We have developed the training programs, which is our area of expertise, to allow you to focus on your area of expertise – running an efficient school system.

Click here for OSHA Safety Training for MA Schools!

Record Keeping

Prior to the new law, the public sector was exempt from maintaining an OSHA 300 log. The MA Department of Labor Standards (DLS) now states that you only need to provide your OSHA 300 log when an inspector or the Bureau of Labor Statistics requests to see it.

The best practice is to maintain an OSHA 300 log.

OSHA 300 Log for MA Public Sector

An OSHA 300 log is used by private sector employers with more than 10 employees to maintain a record of injuries and illnesses that took place and are referred to as a “recordable”.

All of the recordables are documented, but each record also needs a form 301 completed, which details the injury/illness.

A recordable includes any work-related illness and/or injury that results in:

• Fatality
• loss of consciousness, missed work, restricted work, transfer to a lower-risk job
• medical treatment beyond first aid
• diagnosis of a work-related cancer, chronic irreversible disease, fractured or cracked bones/teeth, and punctured eardrums
• any drugs being prescribed or taken at prescription strength

Needle-sticks and sharps injuries, medical removal, hearing loss, and tuberculosis have special recording criteria.

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Updated MGL with OSHA compliance

The law has been updated to contain phrases of OSHA compliance since it was written prior to OSHA inception. OSHA will continue to oversee federal and private entities.

The Mass DLS will oversee the Massachusetts Public Sector while following the general duty clause and practices outlined by OSHA. Neither supersede each other.

Mass Department of Labor Standards

DLS administers health and safety inspections of public sector workplaces. The update clarifies the obligations of public sector employers.

Hefty fines are issued if corrective orders for infractions are not addressed within a specific time frame.

All DLS inspections are scheduled except for higher-risk sites labeled as “imminent” inspection sites where active trenches, aerial lifts operations, and roofing are active.

Defining Public Sector

The public sector workplace is anyone overseen by the Commonwealth: courts, municipalities, state agencies, counties, towns, commissions, and educators from public & private schools and colleges.

The requirements are to ensure workers are able to perform jobs safely and in compliance with OSHA regulations.

A checklist has been issued by the commonwealth to provide guidance.

Injury Reporting

If you have a public sector workplace injury that causes a death, amputation, loss of an eye, loss of consciousness, or inpatient hospitalization, call 508-616-0461 within 24 hours to report the injury.

Keep an updated OSHA 300 log.

Call us at 877-399-1698 if you need training on record keeping or check out our public training schedule or online courses.

Be sure to keep an eye on our upcoming blog that dives a bit deeper into injury reporting.

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OSHA 10-Hour Construction Classes throughout Cape Cod, MA and the Islands

Thousands of construction workers throughout Cape Cod and the Islands require either an OSHA 10-hour or 30-Hour construction certification course. While many construction workers have taken the training as a result of state mandates or employer requirements, all construction personnel working on public funded contracts in Massachusetts are mandated to take an OSHA 10-hour course as part of the state’s contractual requirements. In addition, construction companies throughout Cape Cod and the Islands are increasingly requiring an OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour construction certificate as a prerequisite to employment.

Due to the increased demand for the OSHA 10-hour construction training on Cape Cod and the Islands, United Alliance Services, a local workplace safety training provider, has increased their staffing with additional OSHA authorized instructors.

“We recognize the demands of the local Cape Cod and Islands construction community and have increased our staff of Massachusetts based instructors and added more local training options to our schedule of services offered.”  Valerie Wakefield, President

We encourage our clients to have one of our OSHA authorized outreach instructors/consultants to visit their construction projects.  This visit can be utilized to assess OSHA compliance from an independent safety provider before an OSHA agent surprises them with an unanticipated visit.  If the project is publically funded, this visit becomes vital to ensuring regulatory safety practices are adhered to.    Many clients who have taken advantage of this complementary visit have followed up with OSHA 10 Hour Constructiontraining or the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry training for groups of their employees, contractors and sub-contractors.

We can arrange the OSHA 10-hour training to be done during the week or on the weekend. Our OSHA accredited instructors are exclusively authorized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Outreach training department to provide this OSHA training class at your location on dates and times that are best suited for your company so as not to interrupt productivity.

All of our OSHA 10-hour outreach training classes address several OSHA mandated standards such as: personal protective equipment (PPE); electrical safety; walking and work surfaces; and fall protection. However, OSHA does allow for elective topics for both construction and general industry to assure the training relates to your specific work environment.  Participants will leave the training class with increased safety knowledge and awareness and valuable reference materials regarding OSHA’s Code of Federal Regulations for Construction (29 CFR 1926) or General Industry (29 CFR 1910).

United Alliance Services supplies a number of clients, coast-to-coast, and throughout the Cape and the Islands with various workplace safety training and consulting services and can accommodate your training needs regardless of your location.

Our service territory on Cape Cod and the Islands include the following towns and islands:

Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Yarmouth, Harwich, Dennis, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown, Barnstable, Hyannis, Plymouth, Buzzards Bay, Wareham, Onset, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Our safety professionals are ready to help with your safety training needs with combinations of lectures, printed presentations and videotape presentations, web-based programming, and comprehensive follow-up testing. With our flexibility, we can provide training weekly, monthly, or as needed, and we can bring all of our programs to your site for convenience and less downtime. We’ll also customize training programs for your specific pieces of equipment or operational procedures. For information on local training, pricing, and availability, please click HERE or give us a call at 877-399-1698.