OSHA 30 Hour Construction (4 Days)

General contractors, foremen and construction health and safety personnel- ensure the safety of your workers and reduce workers compensation claims by completing your OSHA 30 Hour Construction certification. This four day course will cover the OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Construction standards in depth, including the focus four hazards. Attendees will learn about health and safety programs. Upon completion of this course, attendees will receive their OSHA 30 Construction certification.

Class Hours:

8:00am – 4:30pm each day

OSHA 30 Hour Construction (4 Days)

General contractors, foremen and construction health and safety personnel- ensure the safety of your workers and reduce workers compensation claims by completing your OSHA 30 Hour Construction certification. This four day course will cover the OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Construction standards in depth, including the focus four hazards. Attendees will learn about health and safety programs. Upon completion of this course, attendees will receive their OSHA 30 Construction certification.

Class Hours:

8:00am – 4:30pm each day

OSHA 30 Hour General Industry (4 Days)

Manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and janitorial supervisors all need to stay up to date on the latest safety information. Reducing hazards and injuries for your employees keeps them safe, while lowering your workers’ compensation claims, and missed days from work. An OSHA 30 General Industry certification is highly valued by employers, and can help you get ahead in any of these fields. This four day course will cover the OSHA 29 CFR 1910 general industry standards, and attendees will learn the elements of an effective Health and Safety program. Upon completion attendees will receive their OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Certification.

Class Hours:

8:00am – 4:30pm each day

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry (2 Days)

Do you work in the manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, or janitorial industry? Do you know how to keep yourself safe from blood borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, strains and injuries? Employers want safe workers, and are looking to hire OSHA certified professionals. This two day course will prepare you to work safely in your job, and you will attain your OSHA 10 Hour General Industry certification.

Class Hours:

Day 1 – 8:00am – 4:30pm
Day 2 – 8:00am – 10:45am

HAZWOPER Refresher – FRA/FRO/HMT (8 Hours)

Anyone who has taken the 40-hour HAZWOPER course is required to maintain their certification by taking an 8-Hour annual refresher course. This course satisfies this requirement. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion from UASC. Those employees who require Hazard Communication Training may join the class for the first 2-hours. The first 4-hours will satisfy requirements for FRO, and completion of the 8-hour course will satisfy requirements for HMT.

Topics:
Initial Hazard Communication Training (first 2-hours of course)
Review and understanding the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard
Hazardous materials chemistry
Identify on site physical hazards
Atmosphere testing
Confined Space Awareness
Basic and advanced toxicological terms and definitions
Air Purifying Respirators
Supplied Air Respirators
The selection and limitations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Spill response and spill prevention
Site decontamination
The role of the First Responder Awareness Level (FRA), First Responder Operations Level (FRO), Hazardous Material Technician (HMT), Hazardous Material Specialist (HMS), On Site Incident Commander (OSIC) Emergency response using the Incident Command System (ICS)
Practice emergency response scenarios
End of course exam

Who Should Attend:
Employees who require Hazard Communication training and all employees who need the mandatory 8-hour annual HAZWOPER refresher course.

Regulatory Requirements:
OSHA 29CFR 1910.120

Class Hours:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

24-Hour HAZWOPER Training Course (3 Days)

OSHA 29CFR 1910.120, the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard states that 24-hours of HAZWOPER training is the minimum requirement for those employees whose job does not require them to handle waste or hazardous materials as part of their job. However, if they are required to respond to such incidents as uncontrolled releases or the potential of uncontrolled releases, they must respond as first responders to control and possibly perform cleanup operations. This 24-hour class is not designed to be as in-depth as the 40-hour HAZWOPER course.

Topics:
Hazard recognition
Introduction to HAZWOPER regulations
Air monitoring methods and instrumentation
Toxicology and exposure guidelines
Respiratory protection
Site entry and reconnaissance and establishment of zones
Decontamination methods
Radiation
Response organization utilizing the Incident Command System
Chemical protective clothing
Table top scenarios and hands-on exercises
End of course exam

Who Should Attend:
Employees who have duties requiring them to respond to uncontrolled releases as First Responders at the Operations level, Hazardous Materials Technicians, Hazardous Materials Specialists, and On-Scene Incident Commanders and employees who are expected to handle or clean up hazardous materials or waste should take the 40-hour HAZWOPER course. This course requires participants to don and doff chemically resistant clothing and participate in response activities. Individuals with medical restrictions should not take this course.

Regulatory Requirements:
OSHA 29CFR 1910.120
EPA Resource Conservation/ Recovery Act (RCRA)

Class Hours:

8AM to 5PM each day

GHS – HazComm General Awareness (4 Hours)

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.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to describe the key elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard revisions.

ATTENTION: Employers face major compliance deadlines under OSHA’s new Hazard Communication (HazComm) rules. OSHA’s adoption of the Global Harmonization System (GHS) for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals affects over 40 million employees at more than 400,000 facilities nationwide. All employees must be trained on the new HazComm rules by December 1, 2013.

Topics covered:

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

Who should Attend:

High-hazard industry workers, employers, manufacturers, distributors, owners, or managers of businesses designated with the responsibility of implementing the new GHS requirements by the effective completion date.

Class Hours:

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

HAZWOPER Refresher – FRA/FRO/HMT (8 Hours)

Anyone who has taken the 40-hour HAZWOPER course is required to maintain their certification by taking an 8-Hour annual refresher course. This course satisfies this requirement. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion from UASC. Those employees who require Hazard Communication Training may join the class for the first 2-hours. The first 4-hours will satisfy requirements for FRO, and completion of the 8-hour course will satisfy requirements for HMT.

Topics:
Initial Hazard Communication Training (first 2-hours of course)
Review and understanding the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard
Hazardous materials chemistry
Identify on site physical hazards
Atmosphere testing
Confined Space Awareness
Basic and advanced toxicological terms and definitions
Air Purifying Respirators
Supplied Air Respirators
The selection and limitations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Spill response and spill prevention
Site decontamination
The role of the First Responder Awareness Level (FRA), First Responder Operations Level (FRO), Hazardous Material Technician (HMT), Hazardous Material Specialist (HMS), On Site Incident Commander (OSIC) Emergency response using the Incident Command System (ICS)
Practice emergency response scenarios
End of course exam

Who Should Attend:
Employees who require Hazard Communication training and all employees who need the mandatory 8-hour annual HAZWOPER refresher course.

Regulatory Requirements:
OSHA 29CFR 1910.120

Class Hours:

 

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry (2 Days)

Do you work in the manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, or janitorial industry? Do you know how to keep yourself safe from blood borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, strains and injuries? Employers want safe workers, and are looking to hire OSHA certified professionals. This two day course will prepare you to work safely in your job, and you will attain your OSHA 10 Hour General Industry certification.

Class Hours:

Day 1:  8:00am – 4:30pm
Day 2 – 8:00am – 10:30am

roofers-min

Local Company Fined by OSHA for $1.7 million Due To Violations

Safety Indictment

How important is it to your construction company to get on a rooftop without considering fall protection?  Is it worth lawsuits for the business owner?  Is it worth over $1.7 million in violations?  How about manslaughter and/or workplace manslaughter charges?

With proper training, most falls can be prevented and when the heights are high, so are the stakes!  If someone falls, businesses could be in jeopardy because of stiff OSHA fines and penalties, risks to your company’s reputation, and legal charges filed for the business owner if there are repeated violations of OSHA regulations.

In Portland, Maine, just before Christmas 2018, a roofer at Purvis Home Improvement Company didn’t come home to his family because he fell while climbing down from the roof onto a ladder jack scaffolding plank. He lost his life that morning as he landed on the ground without wearing any fall protection. One can only imagine how devastated his family must be, and the effects to his coworkers.

Insurance may help the family cope with the loss of his income, but can never replace this loss of life. Workers Compensation may help pay for costs, but the loss to the business is largely uninsurable. OSHA fines are not able to be insured against.  The loss of reputation in the community may be difficult to overcome.

OSHA had previously issued violations to Purvis Home Improvement Company, including a repeat violation in 2015 (risking 3 people) and again in 2018 (risking 6 people) not using fall protection.  The company’s owner, Shawn D. Purvis is now facing a manslaughter indictment as well as OSHA penalties of $1,792,726.  Purvis is appealing.

The previous violations constituted a notice showing that Purvis knew about the fall from heights hazard and either didn’t make the corrections, or didn’t maintain them. Either way, when there is a risk of falling from heights that could kill, employers must insist that employees and subcontractor employees utilize appropriate fall protection.  In Construction, the OSHA trigger height is 6 feet while in Shipyards the height is 5 feet.   For other industries (general industry), the trigger height is 4 feet.  The trigger height for contractors following the Army Corps of Engineers’ EM-385-1-1 standard is 6 feet.

In this tragedy, the fall was reported to have occurred at the transition between the roof and a scaffold plank.  It is unclear how the individual was climbing down, but he was transitioning to a ladder jack scaffolding plank when he lost his footing and fell 20 feet.

Having been indicted by a grand jury, Mr. Purvis faces Manslaughter charges associated with employment management where he intentionally or knowingly violated an occupations safety or health standard of the state or federal government, which is a crime in the State of Maine.  If convicted under the workplace manslaughter statute, he could face up to $20,000 in fines and/or up to 30 years of imprisonment.

Preventing Falls

There are many options for protecting your employees from deadly falls.  Project managers can redesign the methods they choose by employing aerial lifts, work platforms and manlifts for safer access.  Some roof work configurations allow for the use of temporary guard railings, nets or even controlled roofing zones, and positioning devices.  If these are not viable options, managers can look at personal fall arrest equipment that doesn’t prevent the fall, but helps prevent a deadly landing.

If scaffolds are erected to limit the fall height, there must be a safe way to make the transition.  Ladders are not allowed to be set up on a scaffold for reaching a higher level unless it is tightly secured against moving in any direction. Employees cannot be allowed to jump or climb over two feet difference of elevation, so use anchored steps or ladder.  If possible, choose a ramp but it also must be securely anchored.

Whatever method managers choose, they must effectively train and designate on-site competent persons to do regular inspections and make corrections to problems before it becomes a hazard to someone.

When following EM-385 fall protection regulations, employers must not only designate a competent person for fall protection, but also a Fall Protection Program manager, a Qualified Person as well as a Competent Rescuer, Authorized Rescuer and the End User.  There are training and retraining requirements as well as roles and responsibilities like inspections that must be adhered to under Section 21 of EM-385.

Do you need to train your Fall Protection Competent and/or Qualified Persons?  Do you know how to choose the best method to protect your employees?

References:

www.OSHA.gov

www.courts.maine.gov

www.publications.usace.army.mil

Hazwoper  Course

Our Hazcomm/Hazwoper courses have met the RI Department Of Health approval for Continuing education credits

What is HAZWOPER?

OSHA issued the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards, 29 CFR 1910.120 and 29 CFR 1926.65 (54 Federal Register 9294-9336, March 6, 1989), to protect workers and enable them to handle hazardous substances safely and effectively. The HAZWOPER standard for the construction industry (29 CFR 1926.65) is identical to 29 CFR 1910.120. For brevity, the HAZWOPER standard is referenced as 29 CFR 1910.120 throughout the remainder of this web page.

The HAZWOPER standard covers employers performing the following general categories of work operations:

  • Hazardous waste site cleanup operations [paragraphs (b) – (o)];
  • Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities [paragraph (p)]; and
  • Emergency response operations involving hazardous substance releases [paragraph (q)].

The HAZWOPER standard provides employers, emergency response workers, and other workers potentially exposed to hazardous substances information and training criteria to improve workplace safety and health and reduce workplace injuries and illnesses that could occur from exposures to hazardous substances. It is critical that employers and their workers understand the scope and application of HAZWOPER, and can determine which sections apply to their specific work operations.

Per the OSHA website – the HAZWOPER standard covers five distinct categories of work operations:

  1. Cleanup operations required by a governmental body involving hazardous substances conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  2. Corrective actions involving cleanup operations at RCRA-covered sites;
  3. Operations involving hazardous wastes at TSD facilities;
  4. Operations that generate hazardous waste but are not TSD facilities; and
  5. Emergency response operations involving releases of hazardous substances.

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.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to describe the key elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard revisions.

We offer several courses to assist you in obtaining the necessary training to meet OSHA requirements.

  • 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training Course (3 Days)
    OSHA 29CFR 1910.120, the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard states that 24-hours of HAZWOPER training is the minimum requirement for those employees whose job does not require them to handle waste or hazardous materials as part of their job. However, if they are required to respond to such incidents as uncontrolled releases or the potential of uncontrolled releases, they must respond as first responders to control and possibly perform cleanup operations. This 24-hour class is not designed to be as in-depth as the 40-hour HAZWOPER course.
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  • 40 Hour HAZWOPER (5 Days)
    Employees who have duties requiring them to respond to uncontrolled releases as First Responders at the Operations level, Hazardous Materials Technicians, Hazardous Materials Specialists, and On-Scene Incident Commanders and employees who are expected to handle or clean up hazardous materials or waste should take the 40-hour HAZWOPER course. This course requires participants to don and doff chemically resistant clothing and participate in response activities. Individuals with medical restrictions should not take this course.
    Sign up now

  • HAZWOPER Refresher FRA/FRO/HMT (8 Hours)
    Anyone who has taken the 40-hour HAZWOPER course is required to maintain their certification by taking an 8-Hour annual refresher course. This course satisfies this requirement. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion from UASC. Those employees who require Hazard Communication Training may join the class for the first 2-hours. The first 4-hours will satisfy requirements for FRO, and completion of the 8-hour course will satisfy requirements for HMT.
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40 Hour EM-385 Compliance Course – (5 Days)

This course is designed for those who will be performing the duties as a Site Safety and
Health Officer (SSHO) on a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) government
project under EM-385 requirements. The course will earn both an OSHA outreach
Construction 30- hour Department of Labor (DOL) card and proof of the documented 40
hours training required under EM-385.

Topics: 

  • Preparation of Site-Specific Accident Prevention Plan (APP) EM-385 01.A.11
  • Site Safety Health Officer’s Qualifications & Responsibilities EM-385 01.A.17
  • Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) development EM-385 01.A.13
  • Cranes and Rigging EM-385 15+16
  • Personnel training EM-385 01.B
  • Emergency planning and response EM-385 01.E+F
  • Site auditing/inspection and deficiency identification process EM-385 01.A.2
  • Requirements of the Fall protection Program EM-385 section 21
  • Accident reporting and Recordkeeping EM-385 01.D
  • UASCE EM-385 specific requirements beyond OSHA
  •  Specific sections upon customer request
  • Any recent changes to the EM 385-1-1

Who Should Attend: 
Employees who are assigned to be SSHO, Supervisors or Program
Managers on a United States Army Corps of Engineers project complying with Em-385
regulations.  Regulatory Requirements: OSHA 29CFR 1926;EM-385 and various ANSI standards.

Class Hours:

8:00AM to 4:30PM each day