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1st Annual Alabama Environmental Conference –Environmental Management in the Southeast

The Technical Session lineup for the inaugural Alabama Environmental Conference is really shaping up. From Tuscaloosa to Tallahassee, expert presenters will come together in Orange Beach on October 20-21 this fall to present a wide range of topics. Topics to be presented include: energy efficiency in industry, landfill gas, stormwater management, brownfields, environmental management, sustainability, environmental compliance and more. Roundtable discussions on stormwater management and brownfields are in development as well.

The demands of environmental compliance and the need for successful environmental management systems grow every day. Whether your company is a manufacturer, a utility, a municipality, or some other business, there will be useful information for your environmental compliance staff to take back to your location and put to work. Forward this newsletter to the appropriate person in your facility today and take advantage of early bird registration.

 Hurry! Alabama Governor's Safety & Health Conference Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching...

The 27th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference, to be held August 25-27 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL, is right around the corner. This year's agenda promises an outstanding learning opportunity for safety and health professionals throughout Alabama and the surrounding region.

Mike Oatridge will open the Conference in Monday morning's general session. Mr. Oatridge is Vice President of Manufacturing for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (HMA). Oatridge began working on the HMA project team in August 2000 and moved to Alabama to support the startup of the new facility in March 2001. Located in Lincoln, Alabama, Honda's $2 billion vehicle and engine operation in Alabama employs more than 4,000 associates. The company produces the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle, the Ridgeline pickup truck, the Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the V-6 engines that power them. As the Vice President of HMA, Oatridge provides daily leadership for HMA's overall operations, including vehicle and engine production and parts procurement from more than 300 suppliers.

More than 50 breakout sessions are also planned to offer a wide variety of topics to choose from. Topics have been organized into eight "learning tracks" that include construction; industrial hygiene; risk management and workers' compensation; manufacturing and general industry; transportation; safety leadership; best practices; and principles for new safety professionals. Attendees can focus on one track or "mix and match" sessions from various tracks to gain knowledge in a variety of areas. It's up to you, and there's no need to decide in advance. Just come to the conference and attend whichever sessions best suit your professional development needs.

The conference will be concluded Wednesday morning with a special speaker. Coach Gene Stallings, who first worked at Alabama as an assistant coach in 1958 and returned after working in the NFL for many years. In seven years, Stallings directed the Crimson Tide to one National Championship [1992], one SEC Championship, four SEC Western Division titles and six post-season bowl appearances. His on-the-field coaching record stands as 70-16-1 (.810), a winning percentage, fourth in Alabama history. His book, Another Season, describes the love he has for his son who was born with Down's Syndrome. Stallings has received several humanitarian awards and was selected as 1992 National Coach of the Year.

Don't miss this chance to attend the premier safety and health conference in the Southeast. Register now to qualify for the "early bird" registration discount, which ends on August 8. To register or learn more about the conference, please go to:

Continuing education credits are available for conference attendees by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Alabama State Nursing Association and American Nursing Credential Commission.

In addition to an exceptional professional program, lots of fun activities are planned. A host of valuable prizes will also be given, and one lucky conference participant will win a luxurious 5-night cruise.  Be sure and bring your spouse and family along for the fun. Discounted rooms are available at the resort, as are guest meal packages. The conference guest package includes three breakfasts, two lunches and attendance at both the exhibitor reception and the always popular casino night.


Inaugural conference announced to address environmental management challenges in the Southeast.

New federal regulations and heightened community awareness have created challenging environmental compliance and management issues for companies across the Southeast. To address these issues from a real world perspective, the UA SafeState division of The University of Alabama, and its partners, are planning "The Alabama Environmental Conference" on October 20-21 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Conference planners from the City of Mobile, ZF Chassis Systems, Alabama Gas Corporation, and other companies have designed the conference to create dialog and promote ideas to bring about meaningful, sustainable solutions to real environmental challenges that most companies are facing today. Individuals benefitting from attending the conference are those responsible for environmental issues within their companies, particularly manufacturers, utilities and municipalities.

"There are many conferences that focus on a specific area of the environment, but this is the only conference in the Southeast to address broader issues including energy and resources, waste reduction, compliance, management and sustainability," said John Sikes, acting Executive Director of UA SafeState at The University of Alabama.

Keynote speaker, Mayor Sandy Stimpson, will address how a proactive approach to environmental management can help enhance economic development and prosperity for the region. Additionally, environmental leaders with expertise in the Southeastern United States will lead breakout sessions over one and a half days to help attendees take away practical solutions they can apply right away.

"This is a teaching conference, but it's not theoretical in subject material. Companies of all shapes and sizes are getting hit with new regulations and challenges from all sides and they need help. We chose our breakout sessions carefully to deliver value to the attendees...information they can really use," stated planning committee member Kim Kimbrell, of automotive supplier ZF Chassis Systems, LLC.

For more information about the First Annual Alabama Environmental Conference to be held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, on October 20-21, 2014, please contact Jason Brasfield at (205) 348-9101 or visit the conference website at


  Metalworking and Stainless Steel -- Are You Properly Evaluating Exposure Risks?

We all know there are potentially significant health risks associated with welding operations. Depending on the material in use, metal fume exposures can be well above established permissible limits and can present some control challenges and/or require higher level respiratory protection for welders and people in near proximity to welding work. Stainless steel, for example, contains varying amounts of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. Each of these substances has a relatively low OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit, hexavalent chromium being the lowest at 5 micrograms per cubic meter (with a 2.5 microgram per cubic meter Action Level). The specific composition of the stainless will vary depending on the needed characteristics of the metal. When high corrosion resistance is required, stainless with higher chromium content is often used. The content of chromium in the various grades of stainless steel can range from about 10.5% up to a maximum of 30%. From a health exposure standpoint, please consider this – all other factors being more or less equal, the potential risk of overexposure to hexavalent chromium when performing hot work on 12% chromium steel will not be the same as when working on 27% chromium steel. If the fume is well controlled, that may not make much of a difference. If not, additional assessments are probably needed – especially if you've made control and personal protective equipment decisions that would likely change should your exposure findings increase.

Need some testing or further evaluation of potential health exposures in your work environment? UA SafeState is here to help. Small businesses operating in Alabama can receive free, confidential safety and health assistance by contacting our onsite consultation program at 1-800-452-5928. Employers may also submit a consultation request through our website.

  The University of Alabama Goes Global to Improve Workplace Safety
Although they have intelligent, hardworking and motivated employees, many countries around the world still lack resources needed to create safer work environments. According to the World Health Organization's Disease Control Priorities Project, developing countries bear more than 80 percent of the global burden of occupational disease and injury.

To help lower the hazards of workplace safety all over the world, UA SafeState, a division of The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, offers online safety training (e-learning) in areas such as Electrical Safety and Health and Safety Management. These courses are now beginning to impact workplace safety in underserved areas around the world.

Yusuf Jin, electrical engineer and Kenya native, says there has recently been a high need for electrical safety training in Kenya.

"Electrical safety is a real issue here," said Jin, "Unlike in the developed world where you have regulations that are enforced, in developing countries like Kenya we still do not have this as part of a regulation or legal statute."

There have recently been quite a number of incidents reported to the media, the most notable being the main international airport for Kenya burning down in August 2013 due to an electrical fire. Nairobi Airport is the largest serving East Africa and was severely impacted for months.

As a way to help prevent these types of problems, Jin recently enrolled in UA SafeState's e-learning certificate program for qualified electrical workers.

"I personally wanted to be part of a solution that will help bring knowledge into the country and assist in reducing these incidences," Jin said, "I found that from all the institutions that offered electrical safety course(s), The University of Alabama was the only one that provided an e-learning option that was quite affordable."

Jin has completed the electrical safety certificate program "Qualified Electrical Worker" and has returned to complete the "Electrical Safety Auditor" and "Train the Trainer for Unqualified Electrical workers": Machine Operator certificate programs.

"E-learning is a great way for people like me to continue learning with flexible timing," said Jin, "I am now a certified electrical safety auditor and a trainer on electrical safety, all in just 5 months."

These electrical safety certificate programs meet Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Energy (DOE) and National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) training requirements.

UA SafeState Announces New Safety and Health Certificate Recipients

Several dedicated safety and health professionals received Construction or General Industry Safety and Health Management Program Certificates this past quarter from UA SafeState's OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTI-EC).

In order to earn their certificates, recipients were required to complete nearly 100 hours of classroom training in at least six courses and demonstrate their expertise by examination. We commend them for this accomplishment and applaud their efforts to insure the safety and well-being of co-workers on the job.

   Terry Crotwell

                    Terry Crotwell                    

David Tillman 
                     David Tillman                 

David Truesdale

David Truesdale

Gerald Barrow

Gerald Barrow

Joshua Knowles

Joshua Knowles

Larry Dilmore

Larry Dilmore

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Theresa Stratton

Theresa Stratton

Warren Jeffery

Warren Jeffery



If you would like more information on the Construction Safety and Health Management Certificate program or General Industry Safety and Health Management Certificate program, please go to  or contact Joe Pilleteri, CSP at (205) 348-2765.

Bama At Work To host 60th Annual HRM Conference in Birmingham

The University of Alabama will host the 60th Annual Human Resources Management (HRM) Conference in Birmingham at The Club, October 14-15. The conference is designed to develop the full range of skills and knowledge vital to the success of the contemporary human resource professional. Presented by experienced human resource and employment law experts from across the state, this conference is consistently referred to as a "must attend" event!

The HRM conference is designed for Executives, Human Resource Managers and HR related personnel truly concerned about employee relations; organizational development; industrial relations; benefits and compensation; selection and placement; safety and security; training and development; legal compliance; management practices; and owners or managers of small businesses. HR professionals can earn re-certification hours, while enjoying the most in-depth educational Human Resources Management training available in the South. Make plans to join your colleagues in Birmingham for a HRM networking celebration. For more information, visit the conference website at

  Training Schedules

3rd Quarter Environmental Training Schedule

UA SafeState’s Environmental Training Section will be offering the following courses, required by EPA and the State of Alabama to engage in these types of work, this upcoming quarter. If you already have these credentials and need to keep them updated, required update classes in these disciplines are being offered as well. The environmental training schedule is available on our website at

All classes are taught by exceptional instructors who have a wealth of real-world experience. Most classes include hands-on sections, where needed skill sets, as well as safe work practices, are taught. Classes are all offered at the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa. To register, please call our registration office at 205-348-3000, or register online at

For more information, please contact Peter Hodgson at 205-348-4603 or email him at Any of these classes can also be held at your location. Contact Peter for details.

3rd Quarter OTI-EC Class Schedule

The OTI-EC will be hosting several of its most popular classes this quarter. In addition to the "core" Standards and Trainer courses, which are held on a revolving basis, several specialty courses will also be held including recordkeeping rule seminar, guide to industry hygiene, hazardous materials, introduction to safety and health management, machinery and machine guarding standards, and introduction to accident investigation.To see the complete listing for 2014, please click on

For more information on these classes, please go online to or contact Joe Pilleteri, CSP at (205) 348-2765.