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John Sikes has been named executive director of the UA SafeState program at The University of Alabama.
Sikes began his career at the university in1988 with the Division of Environmental and Industrial Programs (DEIP) as a technical manager. DEIP has since become UA SafeState. For more than twenty-five years, Sikes has held positions of increasing responsibility in leadership and management with UA SafeState up to and including being named Interim Executive Director in January of 2013. His appointment to Executive Director of UA SafeState was effective March 30.
“John has the ideal qualifications, experience, and expertise to lead Safe State to the next level. He has done an excellent job in the critical role of Interim Executive Director of UA SafeState for over two years. Under his leadership, the SafeState team has not missed a beat. He deserves our deep appreciation, in fact, his entire team does,” said Dr. Craig Edelbrock, dean of the College of Continuing Studies.
As interim executive director of UA SafeState, Sikes has been responsible for planning and development of new training courses and services, marketing and outreach and financial management of the divisions $3.2M budget. His team successfully reapplied and received a $1.3 million grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA, which funds vital occupational safety programs in the state. In 2014, UA SafeState created the “Alabama Environmental Conference,” which attracted hundreds of environmental leaders from across the Southeast.
“It is with the support of an excellent team, many of whom I have worked side-by-side with for years, that we have been successful,” said Sikes. “I look forward to continuing our work together as we find innovative ways to extend UA’s safety, health and environmental services to companies across the state.”
Sikes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Alabama and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds certifications in asbestos inspection, management planning, lead inspection, risk assessment and is a certified indoor environmental consultant.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
28th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety & Health Conference
August 31 - September 2, 2015
Perdido Beach Resort located in Orange Beach, Alabama
2nd Annual Alabama Environmental Conference
October 26 - 28, 2015
Perdido Beach Resort locate in Orange Beach, Alabama
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.