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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

To sign up for an EM385 24 Hour Fall Protection Training Class, visit our website. To sign up for the next public class offering at United Alliance Services Corporation, visit our online calendar. For more information, call 774-302-4305.

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A Quick Guide on OSHA Safety Requirements

Weeding through letters of interpretation or researching OSHA standards for a quick answer can eat up precious time. This is why UASC’s safety consultants and training department wanted to provide you with a quick reference guide on our most commonly asked OSHA reporting, recording, and training questions.

Breaking Down What OSHA Wants

OSHA can be ambiguous in what they want in some cases. This is done intentionally so that workers have the most protection possible. However, there are some things that are black and white for employers to follow to help ensure the minimum requirements are being met. It’s important to ensure that your company is operating as safely as possible and our team is ready to help provide you with written health and safety plans (HASP), training, consulting, or a safety manager. In the meantime, here’s the bare minimum.

Companies are required to have a written safety program no matter what sector or industry they’re in. These help their employees work in the safest manner possible, and, per OSHA, must include the following topics:

  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Fire Prevention Plan
  • Hazard Communication Program (HazComm)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Lock-out/Tag-out (LOTO)

Beyond this, established safe work practices are required for all tasks. Additional written plans or supportive documentations may be required, which depends on the task(s), duties, or environment. A professional safety consultant can easily walk you through these steps to ensure full compliance, but this is a great starting point.

Simplifying Company Safety Plans

There are also required written safety programs when they’re applicable to your company’s work environment. If your employee’s job requires them to use any of the following, then you need to have a written safety plan.

  • Respirator Program
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Plan (BBP)
  • Firearm Safety Program
  • Firearm Range Safety Program
  • Aerial Lift Program
  • Trench Safety Program
  • Permit Required Confined Spaces Program
  • Asbestos Management Plan
  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Arc Flash Program

Maintaining Up-to-Date Training Certifications

Once the safety plans and programs are written, you now need to teach them to your employees to ensure full understanding and compliance. Some of these areas require specific training to ensure full compliance, which often comes with a required “retraining” date to ensure all employees have a refresher to maintain the information. Should you make any of your policies, even if they just had the training a few weeks ago, then a new training session needs to happen to ensure complete compliance. Many companies choose to hire a third party instructor to deliver the content to their employees so that it’s coming from an outside source who has experience with OSHA regulations and training, such as UASC.

TopicFrequency
Asbestos Cement Pipe (water/sewer)Every 5 Years
Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)Annual
Fire Extinguisher Annual
Forklift Training (PIV or PIT) Every 3 Years
Hazardous Waste Annual
Hearing ConservationAnnual
Respirators Annual

*An OSHA 10 or 30 Hour course does not satisfy job-specific training as it is simply an overview and not specific to job tasks. Looking to fulfill your training needs? Visit our calendar full of upcoming public courses, or check out our online and private course catalogs.

In addition to written safety manuals/policies and job specific training, inspections play a key part in keeping a worker safe. These inspections need to happen prior to each use with proper documentation, showing it’s been completed and the condition of the item is noted. OSHA requires the following items to always be routinely inspected and removed from service if they’re deemed damaged in any way.

Routine Inspections

Chains and SlingsFire Extinguishers
Cranes/HoistsLadders
Electrical GFCIMachine Guard
Emergency Detection
(lights, alarms, monitors, etc.)
Emergency Supplies
(First Aid, AED, eyewash, etc.)
Personal Arrest Fall ProtectionVehicles and Equipment

OSHA Assistance and Resources

These lists are provided as a courtesy to help understand what is required of companies per OSHA and OSHA may change their requirements at any time; thus, it is always important to have a safety consultant on hand to ensure complete compliance. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding your safety manuals, policies, training, or inspections by visiting our website or giving us a call (774-302-4305). Providing a safe work environment ensure your employees go home to their families each day.

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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.

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Adjusted OSHA Penalties for 2019

OSHA has increased the maximum fines

The maximum fines are now $132,598 per violation for willful or repeated violations for a company, and $13,260 per violation for serious, Other-than-Serious, and Posting violations.

Companies can have multiple violations from one OSHA inspection

For repeated violations, it doesn’t matter that the violation happened at another location of a company.  It is a repeated violation when one location has been issued the violation and a different branch has the same violation.

Failure to abate Violation

The penalty is increased to $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.  For this reason, it is important to correct OSHA violations and document it back to them with the paperwork that they provide. Then be sure that the corrections are maintained.
For help monitoring job sites, please call United Alliance Services because we conduct documented safety audits of company workplaces and job sites as part of stand-alone auditing services and our annual packages.
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