News & Events

 From the Executive Director’s Office……….

Be a Teacher in 2015

This newsletter reaches the best and brightest and most knowledgeable and experienced environmental and occupational safety and health professionals every time it is sent.  With that in mind, I’d like to encourage each and every one of you to share some of your hard-earned knowledge with your EOSH colleagues through teaching.

UA SafeState, through its conferences and training courses, is always looking for new instructors and presenters, especially for our signature professional conferences, the Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and the Alabama Environmental Conference.  We rely heavily on active practitioners to propose topics for presentation and then to give the presentations during the conferences.  If you’ve done this for us before, we thank you.  If you haven’t, we encourage you to consider becoming a technical session presenter at one or both of our conferences.

An interesting thing about teaching…it is also a great way to learn!  When you prepare for a presentation, especially for the first time, you find yourself anticipating all of the questions you might have to answer, and as a result, you discover that there is a lot more about the topic (which you know very well) than you had ever thought of before.  No matter how well we know a subject, we can always learn more by considering all the different problems and circumstances other professionals may encounter relative to our subject.  In addition, being tasked with “breaking down” what we know into smaller, logically sequenced segments or bits to enhance learning (also known as pedagogy) can improve our own understanding of the topic.

Here’s a great opportunity for those of you with environmental responsibilities and experience – go to call for speakers and download the Call for Abstracts for the 2015 Alabama Environmental Conference which will be held October 26-28, 2015, in Orange Beach.  It’s a fillable form that you can complete and send in.  While there is no “hard” deadline at this time, we’d love to see your abstract proposal by February 27…but if you need more time, send it later as it will still be considered by the conference planning committee.

Another teaching opportunity for safety and health practitioners who would like to present is the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference which is scheduled for August 31 – September 2, 2015, again in Orange Beach.  The Call for Speakers will be coming out in late February-early March, so keep an eye out for it.

Thank you,

John Sikes
Interim Executive Director

 Register Now - Lead-based Paint Inspector and Risk Assessor Classes...

UA SafeState is offering the Lead-based Paint Inspector Class and the Lead-based Paint Risk Assessor Class here on campus in Tuscaloosa April 6 – 10, 2015.

The Lead Inspector Class (April 6 – 8) is required by federal and state regulations if you want to be able to inspect target housing or child-occupied facilities for lead-based paint. This three-day course is designed to train participants in adult and child lead toxicology, sources of lead, theory and use of X-ray fluorescence, sampling methods for lead in paint, soil and dust, health and safety concerns for lead hazard inspectors, regulatory developments, and HUD's Guidelines for Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing. Course fee is $595. Lunch is provided all three days.

The Lead Risk Assessor Class (April 9 – 10) is targeted toward environmental consultants, public health environmentalists, health and safety professionals, housing inspectors, real estate professionals, public housing personnel and others who are currently or may in the future conduct inspections and/or risk assessments in residential housing, day care centers, schools or other buildings. The Lead Inspector Class is a pre-requisite for this class. Course fee is $495. Lunch is provided both days.

To register for these classes you can call our registration office at (205) 348-3000 or you can register on-line at: training.ccs.ua.edu

For more information you can visit our website at uasafetyhealth.ccs.ua.edu or contact Peter Hodgson at (877) 508-7246 or at phodgson@ccs.ua.edu


 

Phifer Incorporated chooses UA SafeState for Electrical Safety Training

Phifer Incorporated has chosen UA SafeState to provide Electrical Safety Training for many of their employees. The employees were assessed based on the specific job tasks they are asked to perform.  They were then placed in different training tracks based on the assessments.  Each training track consists of electrical safety courses specific and germane to the tasks the employees are to be able to perform. This way individual employees receive training that is specific to their needs. 

These classes are all taken online and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 Phifer Awards

Pictured is Philip Day (middle) receiving his Qualified Electrical Worker Training Certificate with John Stumpff, Safety & Environmental Engineer at Phifer (left), and Peter Hodgson, Training Coordinator at the College of Continuing Studies, UA SafeState.

If you are interested in UA SafeState assessing the electrical safety training needs of your employees and then also providing that training, then please contact Peter at 205-348-4603 or at phodgson@ccs.ua.edu.  We offer Electrical Safety Certificate Programs in:  Qualified Electrical Worker; Unqualified Electrical Worker; Train-the-Trainer for Qualified Electrical Worker; Train-the-Trainer for Unqualified Electrical Worker; and, Electrical Safety Training Auditor.

 

  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 ensure the safety and well-being of co-workers on the job.

Paul Simmons

Paul Simmons
Alabama Power
General Industry

Robert Brown

Robert Brown
Alabama Power
General Industry

George Brasher

George Brasher
Alabama Power
General Industry

David Tillman

David Tillman
Alabama Power
General Industry

Scotty Boyd

Scotty Boyd
Progressive Pipeline
General Industry

Wade Watley

Wade Watley
Alabama Power
General Industry

Gilbert Teel

Gilbert Teel
Alabama Power
Construction Industry

Curtis Taylor

Curtis Taylor
Alabama Power
Construction Industry

Ryan Ross

Ryan Ross
U.S. Pipe and Foundry
General Industry

 

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 OTI-EC Certificate Programs or contact Joe Pilleteri, CSP at (205) 348-2765.

 

  Updates on ISO 14001/14004

 

Part of our effort in providing a quality program is remaining up to date with changes to ISO14001 and the associated guidance document, ISO14004.  There are interesting developments that indicate the updates are nearing completion.

February marks the beginning of this three-month review and comment for the ISO14004 guidance documents. This is significant since the development of the guidance document is obviously dependent on finalization of the standard.  

This month will also include the next planned meeting to review comments from the 14001 draft international standard (DIS) and issue a Final Draft International Standard.  The publication is planned for Quarter 3 of 2015.

With this in mind, we will start drawing your attention to some of the new terms and concepts as they are presented in the DIS.  The concepts of “Protecting the Environment” and “Environmental Performance” have been redefined in the DIS.

Protecting the environment – The expectation on organizations has been expanded to commit to proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, consistent with the context of the organization. The revised text notes that it can include prevention of pollution, sustainable resource use, climate change mitigation and adaptation, protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, etc.

 Environmental performance – There is a shift in emphasis with regard to continual improvement, from improving the management system to improving environmental performance.
©ISO/TC 207/SC 12 July 2014

On the surface these definitions are logical and are most likely part of your overall EMS approach already.  However, the increased emphasis on environmental performance may change how an auditor reviews your significant aspects as a facility operates from year to year.

The link to the ISO technical committee page is: www.iso.org/iso/tc207sc1home.  You can review their updates and purchase a copy of the draft.

If you are interested in a third party review of your current environmental management system, you can contact Jason Brasfield at 1-800-421-7141 or jbrasfield@ccs.ua.edu.

 

Confined Space -- Are You READY?

Permit Required Confined Spaces are all over our sites.  How do we know which spaces are confined, which spaces require a permit and which space are dangerous?  How do we keep our workers safe while they enter these spaces?  If you have ever asked the questions and tried to look up the answers by reading the standards or by googling the subject, you will realize that this can be a complicated subject.  Let us at The University of Alabama OTI Ed Center teach you about it.  Let our experienced instructors teach you how to develop a permit required confined space program that will keep your employees and contractors safe as they enter these spaces.  We will be teaching the OSHA 2264 Permit Required Confined Space Entry course at the Alabama State Fire College located on the Shelton State campus in Tuscaloosa, AL, on February 17 through the 19.  At the Fire College we get the added bonus of being able to walk through some live rescue training exercises by the Fire College instructors. Join us; you can register by calling 1-855-517-3347, or by the following link: training.ccs.ua.edu

 

Save The Date

28th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety & Health Conference
August 31 - September 2, 2015
Perdido Beach Resort located in Orange Beach, Alabama
Website:  algovshc.ccs.ua.edu

2nd Annual Alabama Environmental Conference
October 26 - 28, 2015
Perdido Beach Resort locate in Orange Beach, Alabama
Website:  alabamaenvironmentalconference.ua.edu

  Training Schedules

1st 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 http://alabamasafestate.ua.edu.

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 training.ccs.ua.edu.

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

1st 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 2015, please click on http://uaosha.ccs.ua.edu.

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