Emergency preparedness instructions

Preparing for Natural Disasters Can Help Save Lives

The month of September is recognized by FEMA as National Preparedness Month. The general purpose is to promote awareness of disasters and provide planning tools to help mitigate damages. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

Whether it’s a pandemic, hurricane, flooding, tornadoes, or wildfires, disasters come in manner forms, each with their own set of circumstances that can cause major injuries and property destruction. Being prepared can help lessen the inevitable losses from these events.

Even with safety steps, such as mask wearing, practicing safe social distancing, and routine cleaning, the COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading. With 7 million people in the U.S. infected with the virus and over 200,000 people have died, it seems planning is paramount to protection.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has warned this year’s Hurricane season will be extremely active and predicts 19 to 25 named storms.

Numerous wildfires have caused massive damage in California and Colorado, with wildfire smoke contributing to poor air quality. Add to these situations extreme heat, flooding, and tornadoes, the need for emergency preparedness is even greater.

Establish a Disaster Preparedness Plan

FEMA, under the National Preparedness Month, recommends the following steps to take to get a plan in motion.

1. Make a Plan
During a disaster it’s easy to get separated from family members, so be sure to make a plan and know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Be sure to create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people/offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers. Share this information with family members and, most importantly, practice. Hold regular household meetings to review the plan and make sure everyone understands the critical steps to ensure safety.

You can begin to create your plan here: Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan

2. Build a Kit
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

FEMA also recommends preparing multiple kits and storing them in at your home, workplace, and car for easy access.

3. Be Informed
To help limit the impact of a disaster, know the risks in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.

4. Get Involved
Check with your local community about ways you can help your neighbors prepare for a natural disaster, as well. Consider volunteering to assist in efforts after a disaster and assisting in training programs to help prepare others.

Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Planning can help you keep your business running if disaster strikes. Taking the right steps to prevent and prepare for disaster, and know where to get aid if disaster strikes, could be critical to ensuring your business reopens.

According to the Small Business Association, an estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster.

The steps above also apply to preparing a plan for your business. FEMA recommends business owners take time to identify risks to your business and review necessary insurance documents, develop a written plan, and share with employees, train, and practice with employees to ensure everyone understands the plan.

We’re Here to Help

If you need help preparing a plan or updating your existing plan, we can help. Our services include: on-site safety program development and implementation, safety training online and in the classroom, facility safety inspections, OSHA inspection-related assistance, written health and safety programs, insurance loss control evaluations, construction safety consulting, and full-time project and facility safety management.

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OSHA Changes Respirator Fit Testing Standards

According to TSI Incorporated, OSHA announced changes to its Respiratory Protection Standard. The changes affect the Ambient Aerosol Condensation Nuclei Counter (CNC) Quantitative Fit Test (QNFT) Protocols in 29CFR 1910.134, Appendix A.

These changes include modified protocols for the following respirators:

• Full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators
• Filtering facepiece respirators

The new protocols are based on three studies, published in a peer-reviewed journal, demonstrating the equivalency to the original Ambient Aerosol CNC QNFT protocol. Testing speed has been reduced to 2:20 minutes, as opposed to the 7:15 minutes before the change.

The Concern with Qualitative Fit Testing

Standard qualitative fit testing is a subjective method of fit-testing that allows for a significant margin of error. This is because it relies on the user’s senses to relay information during typical testing methods (Saccharin and Bitrex).

Though qualitative methods are still in compliance with OSHA, there are now newer and safer methods of conducting respirator fit testing.

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PortaCount and the Benefits of Quantitative Fit Testing

Quantitative fit testing is an objective method that minimizes human error. This is an assessment of the adequacy of respirator fit by numerically measuring the amount of leakage into the respirator.

This method uses a machine that measures particles, effectively removing the subjective nature of a standard qualitative fit test. Studies also show that quantitative fit testing achieves higher Simulated Workplace Protection Factors (SWPF) than qualitative methods for N95 filtering facepieces.

The PortaCount can also test a variety of half and full-face respirators from all of the major manufacturers.  The quantitative testing method is a safer approach and fit test administrators no longer have to rely on a person’s senses and self-reported feedback to determine if a mask fits.

PortaCount Fit Testing

 

The PortaCount has many features, including real-time fit changes that can help users select the right mask and identify the best fit more quickly. On-screen video animations help guide users while conducting the fit test.

The PortaCount software is continuously updated and maintained ensuring the most accurate results. All data is securely stored and documented. The PortaCount administrator can see exactly when a test took place, by who and when they will need to be tested again.

Overall, the PortaCount is an exceptional machine that offers nearly foolproof fit testing, eliminating the subjective nature of traditional qualitative fit-testing. It helps protect workers and maintain OSHA compliance by providing accurate, real-time fit factors.

PortaCount Fit Testing Services Available

We offer PortaCount fit testing services. Contact us today for custom pricing options.

 

 

Ways to prevent falls

Falls from Elevation – a Leading Cause of Death on Construction Sites

In 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,008 construction fatalities, 320 were attributed to falls, and fall protection remains a top osha most frequently cited violations.

As fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, OSHA announced its 7th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls event for the week of September 14-18.

Safety Stand Down

A safety stand down is a voluntary event for employers to talk with employees about safety requirements to help prevent fall hazards and reinforce the importance of Fall Prevention.

Who Should Participate?

All companies are eligible to participate. Even employers with employees not exposed to fall hazards are encouraged to take this time to discuss, and reinforce, job hazards and the safety measures and requirements in place to ensure a safer work environment. Companies participating can also receive a Certificate of Participation.

8 Steps to Conduct a Successful Stand Down

To ensure a smooth Stand Down event, and to encourage companies to participate, OSHA provides the following steps to take:

  1. Start early and designate a coordinator to organize the event
  2. Ask not only employees but subcontractors, architects, engineers, or others to participate
  3. Review your current fall prevention program to see if there are updates needed
  4. Decide on what information will be best to present about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies
  5. Choose a date and length of time for the event
  6. Promote your event with email, social media, handouts, posters
  7. Keep the event positive and interactive with open conversations and demonstrations of safety protocols
  8. After the event, be sure to follow-up with any improvements

OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area. If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, see OSHA’s Events page to submit the event details and to contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator. In New England, the contact person is:

Paul Mangiafico
Mangiafico.Paul@dol.gov
860-240-3152
860-597-0307

 

We’re here to help

Interested in holding a stand down event? Feel free to contact us, we can help with planning and presenting safety tips and topics to ensure a successful event.

As a leading provider of OSHA safety training, we offer various courses to help you and your workers remain safe on the job. We have the safety courses you need to maintain a safe work environment, remain OSHA compliant, and prevent injuries.

Review our course offerings:

Online Courses

On-site Courses

Public Classes

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EM385 FP Training Classes – March 16, 17, 18 – Don’t Miss Out!

It’s a training requirement that has hit many construction supervisors or project manager’s sites; yet, it still seems to be one of those training requirements that is not widely offered, even here in the Northeast.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a 900-page manual that outlines the safety regulations for their job-sites, with many of the requirements being a bit stricter than OSHA regulations.

Every contractor and subcontractor on a UASCE-overseen job-site must have at least one person who is trained and competent on the specifics buried within those 900 pages of their Engineer Manual (EM) 385-1-1. There’s no getting out of it.

PM’s Need for EM 385 Training

Given the number of daily phone calls we receive from PMs who need the training ASAP in order to return to work, the UASCE has become more stringent on ensuring this training is completed. They are also doling out some hefty fines as well as issuing stop orders until the mandates are met – especially if you don’t have designated safety personnel on-site.

Thankfully, we have several highly competent and trained construction professionals who have poured over the complete 900 pages and have designed a training program that ensures compliance.

Our EM 385 Compliance training, often referred to as 24 Hour Competent Person Fall Protection, is one of our most sought out training – often after being kicked off a job site. Those same trainers are able to also assist in meeting the requirements of having a Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) and Quality Control Manager, Quality Assurances Manager (QA/QC) on-site quickly.

Federal Bid Requirement

If you’re planning on bidding on a federal contract that takes place in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey or on any of the bases listed below, be sure to reach out to us to secure your training.

This will no doubt save your company money, fines, and lost work time and make you the star employee of the week.

We can promise you that somewhere, tucked away in the fine print, the USACE requires you to have at least one person training in EM 385, 24 Hour Competent Person Fall Protection on your site at ALL times. There aren’t any loopholes or fast-talking yourself out of the requirement.

It also doesn’t exempt you from following OSHA regulations and our course clearly outlines the differences between the two. Because of this, we strongly recommend that all persons in our EM 385 training also have completed their OSHA 10 Hour Construction training. For an added peace of mind, we strongly recommend you train multiple employees to ensure that you always have someone available in case of injury, illness, or time-off requests.

We’ve clocked thousands of hours of training on this topic at various bases and our experts can help your team members understand the complexities of the UASCE requirements, ensure their fall arrest systems are safe and in compliance, and know their responsibilities on a job site.

Projects on Bases

If you have any upcoming projects in VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY or NJ at any of these bases*, be sure to call us today to secure your training dates or SSHO and/or QA/QC needs:

Massachusetts

Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, MA
Otis Air National Guard Base, Buzzards Bay, MA
Hanscom Airforce Base, Bedford, MA
Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA
Fort Devens, Devens, MA
AIRSTA Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, MA
AIRSTA Salem, Salem, MA
Aviation Station Ten Pound Island, Gloucester, MA

Rhode Island

Quonset Point Air National Guard Station, North Kingstown, RI
NS Newport, Newport RI

Connecticut

Marine Safety Center Marine Base in Groton, CT
Research And Development Center Coast Guard Groton, CT
Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT
Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT

New York

Fort Drum Army Base in Jefferson, NY
Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, NY
US Military Academy Army Base in West Point, NY
Watervliet Arsenal Army Base in Watervliet, NY

New Jersey

McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, NJ
Fort Dix Army Base in Burlington, NJ
Fort Monmouth Army Base in Monmouth, NJ
Picatinny Arsenal Army Base in Morris County, NJ
Loran Support Unit Coast Guard Base in Wildwood, NJ
Training Center Cape May Coast Guard Cape May, NJ
NWS Earle Navy Base in Colts Neck, NJ
NAES Lakehurst Navy Base in Lakehurst, NJ

*This is not a complete list of military bases

Sign up for an EM385 24 Hour Fall Protection Training Class here.

To sign up for the next public class offering at United Alliance Services Corporation, visit our online calendar.

For more information, call 877-399-1698

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Boston’s Newest 2020 OSHA Safety Training Center – 5 Dan Rd, Canton MA

Canton, MAUnited Alliance Services Corporation (UASC) and OccuMed of New England (OccuMed) would like to announce their newest training location at 5 Dan Rd, Canton MA

Just 15 miles south of Boston, Massachusetts and 30 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island. Our new OSHA safety training center located in Canton, Massachusetts is registering students for our first programs, which will be an OSHA/EPA 40hr HazWoper course scheduled from Monday, February 3rd-7th, 2020 and followed by our second program which will be a OSHA 10/30 hour construction outreach course starting the week of February 10th-14th, 2020.

President of United Alliance Services, Valerie Wakefield Bianco said, “It is with great excitement that I am able to announce we opened the enrollment for our first OSHA classes of 2020 in the greater Boston location… All of our staff has done an outstanding job getting the new training center off to a great start. In the next few weeks, we will be diligently working on adding all of our health, wellness and safety compliance programs to the new training centers online Events Calendar. We will continue to expand our course offering with a variety of new OSHA, EPA, DOT and USACE safety training programs consisting of the awareness level seminars lasting 1-3 hours to advanced level supervisory and competent person programs which extend over several days”.

Like all UASC locations, Boston students will gain the quality education and training needed to start a new career or will receive advanced professional training required to maintain OSHA compliance. All UASC and OccuMed programs combine both hands-on experience and in-class technical training. Our administrative staff will work with every student to determine their eligibility, and then help them find the appropriate level and type of training to meet their professional needs.  

The entire staff at United Alliance and OccuMed are excited about this new location opening in the greater Boston area and the potential to help new students begin their careers or to meet their professional development requirements. For more information about our Boston location and the training programs provided, call us at 877-399-1698 or email us at safetysolutions@uascor.com.

In 2020 UASC will continue offering on-site tailored training to meet clients regulatory requirements and will be offering the below public open enrollment training at our new greater Boston, Massachusetts location;

  • OSHA 10/30 Hour Construction Outreach Training
  • OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry Outreach Training
  • OSHA 10/30 Hour Maritime Outreach Training
  • USACE EM385 1-1- 24 Hour Fall Protection Training
  • Right-To-Know/Hazard Communication Training
  • DOT Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials Training
  • Emergency Response Team Training
  • Hazardous Waste Handlers’ Training
  • 8 Hour HazWoper Training
  • 24 Hour HazWoper Training
  • Respiratory Training & Fit Testing
  • Reasonable Suspicion Training
  • Workplace Violence Training
  • Active Shooter Training
  • Lockout / Tagout Training
  • Back Safety/Proper Lifting Techniques Training
  • Eye Safety Training
  • Electrical Safety Training
  • Ergonomic Training
  • Forklift Training and Evaluation
  • Hearing Conservation Training
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Plan Training
  • Lab Safety / Chemical Hygiene Program Training
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • First Aid/CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training
  • Confined Space Training

To meet client needs, training can be conducted outside of regular business hours, and many courses are available in Spanish. Contact our office for a quote for your facility’s or construction project’s specific OSHA training needs in 2020.

UASC also provides online Internet-based training to meet compliance requirements. Visit us at https://unitedallianceservices.com/safety-training/online-safety-courses/

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OSHA Stresses the Importance of Combining Hands-On Training with Computer Based Training

Recently, OSHA’s Acting Director of Enforcement Programs issued a letter of interpretation in response to the following question: “Are online training programs acceptable for compliance with OSHA’s worker training requirements?”

In short, OSHA remains consistent in its requirement that training must “result in mastery of the training material,” and they also stress that online training must be supplemented by interactive and physical components (such as putting on and removing personal protective equipment).

The full OSHA interpretation is provided here:

Online, self-paced computer-based training can be a valuable part of an effective safety and health training program. However, the use of online training by itself would not be sufficient to satisfy OSHA training requirements unless that training contains interactive and hands-on components.

To be effective, training must result in mastery of the training material (such as, for example, safe work practices or the safe and appropriate use of tools and personal protective equipment). Online training without interactive and hands-on components would not meet this goal.

The opportunity for workers to be able to ask questions of, and receive responses from, a qualified trainer(s), in a timely manner, is critical to effective training. Online training that does not provide workers with this opportunity would not comply with OSHA’s worker training requirements. Training with no interaction, or delayed or limited interaction, between the trainer and trainee, may halt or negatively affect a trainee’s ability to understand and/or retain the training material.

OSHA notes that one way for the employer to give workers this opportunity in the context of a computer-based program is to provide a telephone hotline so that workers will have direct access to a qualified trainer during the conduct of the online training.

Equally important is the provision of sufficient hands-on training because it allows an employee to interact with equipment and tools in the presence of a qualified trainer(s), allows the employee to learn or refresh their skills through experience, and allows the trainer to assess whether the trainees have mastered the proper techniques.

Online training that does not provide workers with hands-on training would not comply with OSHA’s worker training requirements. See letter of interpretation to Ms. Jackie Ward (Nov. 22, 1994). OSHA emphasizes the importance of reviewing specific OSHA standards and related guidance to determine what OSHA requires in specific situations.

At United Alliance, we understand the importance of combining both computer-based training and hands-on training. We continue to provide a variety of options to provide the best safety training experience while complying with OSHA standards.

We offer on-site courses, online courses, and can develop specialized training programs that best fit your business needs.

Take advantage of our Risk Assessment tool and see if your organization is in OSHA compliance.  

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Safety Manager Job Skills Required for MBTA Project

According to the MBTA Red Line has embarked on a major infrastructure program. The MBTA Red Line Improvement Project is an 8 billion, 5-year capital investment program that began July 1, 2018, and includes signal upgrades, a new test track and vehicle testing facility, and an upgraded yard and maintenance facility, will result in faster, more comfortable trips on the Red Line, as well as less crowding on platforms and in stations.

Contracts have been awarded in the following:

  • Red Line Signal Upgrades
  • New Red Line Vehicles
  • Red Line Test Track
  • Cabot Yard Maintenance Facility

 

Safety Managers Job Skills Required for MBTA Project

These projects are still ongoing and require special training for their onsite safety managers.

Track Safety Training

As with any industry, railroad workers have certain specific safety training requirements that help eliminate hazards that can arise. Hazards that are common to railroads include poor visibility and weather conditions, struck-by hazards, caught-in-between, and hot spot areas.

Workers must know what the safety plan is, any changes to the safety plan; and key information such as where to clear, train schedules, work schedules, and visibility and weather reports.

Safety Communication and Coordination of Work

Communication is paramount to safety on a railway project. Train schedules, work schedules, and conditions are all major factors that the safety manager must be aware of when coordinating work on site. There are rapid changes on the site as the project progresses, and keeping all trades and subcontractors apprised of pertinent information is important to their job, and to their safety.

Good safety managers will be active listeners and practice three-way communication; having the listener’s attention, being direct and concise, and confirming that the listener understood the message by having them repeat what they said.

Construction Safety Manager Work

It is important to have these specially trained safety managers on a railroad construction site to conduct safety briefings, safety audits and make recommendations for correction. “Track Trained” safety managers will be able to incorporate their knowledge of the specific hazards inherent to railways to their work.

They must understand how to communicate safely, and be aware of train schedules, work schedules, and conditions. Safety managers for this type of work must be familiar with the relevant track safety program as well as have extensive experience with construction safety.  Construction safety managers lead daily/weekly safety meetings, facilitate communication about conditions, hazards and work changes, complete job safety analyses (JSA’s or JHA’s), and work to ensure the efficacy of the safety program.

For a construction safety manager to be successful while working on a railway construction site they must have special track training such as MBTA Contractor, Keolis, and Amtrak Track Training.

Ready to learn more about Safety Training? Check our Course Offerings and signup today.

 

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Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips!

The night of Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday is a popular time to shop. It’s an exciting time for deals but it’s also a great opportunity for scammers and thieves.  So, whether you’ll be spending your hard-earned cash in Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City or elsewhere, there are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind:

It’s a busy time of year and distractions can put us at greater risk of problems. Fortunately, taking a few proactive steps can go a long way to keep you and your family safe” – Valerie Wakefield, President/CEO

Shopping Safety Tips

Where ever you go shopping, there are a few safety tips that you should keep in mind:

• Don’t be carrying large amounts of cash and flashing it around.
• Shopping in numbers, this will help deter any thieves from mugging you while you’re carrying your purchases out of the store.
• Ladies, don’t leave your purse in your shopping car, and, if you wear in on your shoulder, don’t leave it open.
• Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before leaving and keep in close by at all times.
• Beware of strangers approach you for any reason. At this time of year, con artist may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
• Do not carry multiple packages at once. Use will call and curbside package pickup service instead.
• Lastly, make sure your family/friends know exactly what your plans are, write down the stores and keep in touch throughout that day.

Safely Transporting Purchases

While carrying your purchases to the car, you may want to remember these tips:

• Park in well-lit areas, and report and suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
• Reduce distractions, such as using cell phones, while walking to your car, especially at night.
• Try not to carry a large number of packages with you. Keep a hand open and prepare to enter your vehicle.
• Do not load packages in the trunk right before leaving your vehicle. Somebody could be watching.
• Never leave personal items or packages in plain sight in your vehicle. This includes money (even loose change), credit cards, cell phones, laptops, tablets, purses, and GPS units.
• Store valuables in the trunk of your vehicle

For more information on our occupational health and safety consulting or training services please visit us at www.UnitedAllianceServices.com or you can e-mail us at safetysolutions@UnitedAllianceServices.com or give us a call at 877-399-1698.

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Safety Training Sale – Buy One Get One Free!

Safety Training Sale – Buy One Get One Free!

United Alliance Services would like to offer a BOGO “buy one get one” free on our available public course offerings listed on our website. This offer ends on December 31, 2019. These courses are offered at our location in East Wareham.

View the calendar of events we have for the rest of the year.

Please call the office at 877-399-1698 for details or email safetysolutions@unitedallianceservices.com

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1 Dead, 10 Hospitalized After Chemical Incident at Massachusetts Buffalo Wild Wings

1 Dead, 10 Hospitalized After Chemical Incident at Massachusetts Buffalo Wild Wings – Proper Hazcomm Training Could Have Prevented This Tragedy

According to an article on People.com – a Buffalo Wild Wings employee in Burlington, Massachusetts, died on Thursday after he was exposed to fumes from a floor cleaner, officials said.

Emergency responders arrived at the restaurant on Thursday evening just after 5:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a “sick individual and a potential chemical release,” interim Burlington Fire Chief Michael Patterson.

The employee had been exposed to “a strong cleaning agent” while cleaning the floor of the restaurant. He told reporters that the cleaning product is called “Super 8” and contains sodium hypochlorite, which is a “high concentrate” of chlorine.

The importance of Hazcomm Training

Protecting workers from chemical hazards is of the utmost importance. Unlike other workplace hazards, chemical hazards can difficult to notice until it’s too late. Proper training could have prevented this unfortunate event.

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes this, as OSHA named “Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) ” the 2nd most frequently cited standard in 2018.

Purpose of Hazcomm Training

OSHA’s website states:

The purpose of hazard communication training is to explain and reinforce the information presented to employees through the written mediums of labels and material safety data sheets, and to apply this information in their workplace. Labels and material safety data sheets will only be successful when employees understand the information presented and are aware of the actions to be taken to avoid or minimize exposure, and thus the occurrence of adverse effects.

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, material safety data sheets (MSDSs), manuals explaining the company hazard communication program, lists of chemicals, and information furnished by the union. 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 requires the presence of hazardous chemicals be communicated to employees in a variety of ways, including:

  • Hazardous chemical classifications
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Labels, tags or signs
  • Information and training

Available Course to Protect Your Employees

We offer a course on The Global Harmonized System (GHS) is an International approach to hazard communication. It is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazComm) and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies. This training program explains how to comply with the GHS changes and compliance requirements under the 2012 OSHA’s Hazardous Communication standard.

This program is aimed at the worker or handler of hazardous chemicals and provides the participants with general awareness training under OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200. Each participant will leave the classroom with a general awareness of the GHS and how to apply it in their workplace. Within the program, the instructor will review OSHA’s 2012 HazComm standard and highlight the changes applicable under the new GHS standard.

Course topics we discuss include:

  • Overview of the Hazard Communication Standard Revisions origin and purpose
  • Management Leadership and Employee Involvement and Compliance timelines
  • Overview of GHS Globally Harmonized System
  • Benefits of GHS changes
  • Hazard Classification
  • Labeling and Supplier Label
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Program Evaluation & Training requirements
  • Special cases, Consumer Chemicals, Laboratories, and Samples

To learn more, visit our Hazcomm Safety Training Course and sign up today.

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Another Hard Market for Commercial Insurance On the Horizon

According to a recent article in the Insurance Journal, commercial insurance pricing jumped by nearly 4 percent in the 2019 second quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

According to a Willis Towers Watson report, price increases are coming for most commercial insurance lines. Property, excess/umbrella, and directors and officers (D&O) lines are approaching double-digit jumps for the first time in several years. The survey also found prices trending higher for all account sizes, though more significantly for mid-market and large accounts.

Workers Compensation insurance is not immune to the potential price increases. According to the IRMI September issue of The Risk Report – Underwriting is becoming more disciplined, with underwriters requesting additional information and scrutinizing it carefully. Expect increased retentions coupled with additional coverage restrictions and lower available limits.

Concerned Your Insurance Premiums Will Increase?

An increase in your commercial insurance can put a strain on any business. Increased costs mean a decrease in revenue. Insurance company underwriters will be reviewing all accounts with more scrutiny. Losses and or safety violations can put your business at risk for higher premiums.

To check on your company’s risk of a major insurance premium increase, start with a Risk Assessment. The assessment provides the insight needed to develop and implement critical safety management system control tools and shows the areas that most need improving. With this audit, your company will gain highly valuable professional insight into your level of compliance with OSHA regulations as well as the level of risk associated with your organization’s operations.

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UASC filling in EM385 FP Training lack in Northeast

It’s a training requirement that has hit many construction supervisor or project manager’s site; yet, it still seems to be one of those trainings that is not widely offered, even here in the Northeast. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a 900-page manual that outlines the safety regulations for their job-sites, with many of the requirements being a bit stricter than OSHA regulations. Every contractor and subcontractor on a UASCE-overseen job-site must have at least one person who is trained and competent on the specifics buried within those 900 pages of their Engineer Manual (EM) 385-1-1. There’s no getting out of it.

PM’s Need for EM 385 Training

Given the amount of daily phone calls we receive from PMs who need the training ASAP in order to return to work, the UASCE has become more stringent on ensuring this training is completed. They are also doling out some hefty fines as well as issuing stop orders until the mandates are met – especially if you don’t have designated safety personnel on-site. Thankfully, we have several highly competent and trained construction professionals who have poured over the complete 900 pages and have designed a training program that ensures compliance. Our EM 385 Compliance training, often referred to as 24 Hour Competent Person Fall Protection, is one of our most sought out trainings – often after being kicked off a job site. Those same trainers are able to also assist on meeting the requirements of having a Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) and Quality Control Manager, Quality Assurances Manager (QA/QC) on-site quickly.

Federal Bid Requirement

If you’re planning on bidding on a federal contract that takes place in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey or on any of the bases listed below, be sure to reach out to us to secure your training. This will no doubt save your company money, fines, and lost work-time and make you the star employee of the week. We can promise you that somewhere, tucked away in the fine print, the USACE requires you to have at least one person training in EM 385, 24 Hour Competent Person Fall Protection on your site at ALL times. There aren’t any loopholes or fast-talking yourself out of the requirement. It also doesn’t exempt you from following OSHA regulations and our course clearly outlines the differences between the two. Because of this, we strongly recommend that all persons in our EM 385 training also have completed their OSHA 10 Hour Construction training. For an added peace of mind, we strongly recommend you train multiple employees to ensure that you always have someone available in case of injury, illness, or time off requests.

We’ve clocked thousands of hours of training on this topic at various bases and our experts can help your team members understand the complexities of the UASCE requirements, ensure their fall arrest systems are safe and in compliance, and know their responsibilities on a job site.

Projects on Bases

If you have any upcoming projects in VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY or NJ at any of these bases*, be sure to call us today to secure your training dates or SSHO and/or QA/QC needs:

Massachusetts

Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, MA
Otis Air National Guard Base, Buzzards Bay, MA
Hanscom Airforce Base, Bedford, MA
Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA
Fort Devens, Devens, MA
AIRSTA Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, MA
AIRSTA Salem, Salem, MA
Aviation Station Ten Pound Island, Gloucester, MA

Rhode Island

Quonset Point Air National Guard Station, North Kingstown, RI
NS Newport, Newport RI

Connecticut

Marine Safety Center Marine Base in Groton, CT
Research And Development Center Coast Guard Groton, CT
Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT
Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT

New York

Fort Drum Army Base in Jefferson, NY
Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, NY
US Military Academy Army Base in West Point, NY
Watervilet Arsenal Army Base in Watervilet, NY

New Jersey

McGuire Air Force Base in New Hanover, NJ
Fort Dix Army Base in Burlington, NJ
Fort Monmouth Army Base in Monmouth, NJ
Picatinny Arsenal Army Base in Morris County, NJ
Loran Support Unit Coast Guard Base in Wildwood, NJ
Training Center Cape May Coast Guard Cape May, NJ
NWS Earle Navy Base in Colts Neck, NJ
NAES Lakehurst Navy Base in Lakehurst, NJ

*This is not a complete list of military bases

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