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 From the Executive Director’s Office……….

UA SafeState Hosting TWO Great Conferences in 2014

27th Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference

Many of you have previously attended the Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference, and this year the conference will be held August 25–27 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.   We look forward to seeing you again, and if this will be your first attendance, we can't wait to see you for the first time.  As always, General and Technical sessions will cover key issues affecting the work environment with topics covering a wide range of occupational safety and health subjects, and updates on regulatory issues.  To find out more and to register, click .

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

For those of you who also have environmental compliance responsibility or for the co-workers in your company who have that responsibility, UA SafeState is hosting our first Alabama Environmental Conference October 20-21, also at the Perdido Resort in Orange Beach.  We are planning a unique program built around proactive and sustainable solutions for environmental compliance and conservation challenges.  General and Technical session speakers will address key issues in environmental management and compliance, with real-world examples of solutions that can help you.  For more information and registration, please click .

Those of us at UA SafeState hope to see you in Orange Beach in August or October, or even better, both!

 Register Now! 27th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference

The 27th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference is open for registration.  The conference will be held August 25-27, 2014 at the beautiful Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL.  This year's theme, Safety and Health: Driving Quality and Productivity, reflects the heart and soul of every organization...the people.  Every day we count on people to plan, perform, create and innovate. Our people drive our organizations to greatness and prosperity. And protecting our people from injury and illness means we had better be focusing on the quality of our work process as well.  At the Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference, we are all about improving your organizational quality and productivity. This is your opportunity to network and learn from the professionals who understand how organizational greatness is driven by a safe and healthy workforce. Think of it as quality time well invested!

We have two wonderful featured speakers this year.  Mike Oatridge, Vice President of Manufacturing at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC will address the conference theme during the opening session. And Coach Gene Stallings will conclude the conference on Wednesday.  Don't miss the opportunity to meet and greet the coach before his presentation!

Conference breakout sessions 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 is no need to decide in advance. Just come to the conference and attend sessions that best suit your professional development needs.

In addition we have two outstanding pre-conference programs.  Join us Thursday and Friday, August 21 and 22 for our pre-conferences.  See below for more information.

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


Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Pre-Conference Information and Registration

Join us Thursday and Friday before the conference for our pre-conferences. This year we are offering an OSHA Training Institute, Education Center course; 7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation on Thursday, August 21, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program – Safety Systems on Friday, August 22. Attendance at the Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference is not required in order to participate in any of these programs. A block of rooms is reserved at the Perdido Beach Resort for the participants of the pre-conferences at a rate of $112 plus 11% tax. (See additional hotel information located in this brochure.) All courses are on a first-paid first served basis. The pre-conference fee is non-refundable. Each program is limited to 30 participants, so register early!

7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation

Thursday, August 21
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price - $50

This course covers an introduction to basic accident investigation procedures and describes accident analysis techniques. Course topics include reasons for conducting accident investigations, employer responsibilities related to workplace accident investigations, and a six step accident investigation procedure. The target audience is the employer, manager, employee or employee representative who is involved in conducting accident and/or near-miss investigations.

Click on 7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation to register.

Injury and Illness Prevention Program – Safety Systems
Sponsored through an OSHA Susan Harwood Grant

Friday, August 22
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price - $50

The focus of this one-day training program will be teaching fundamental Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) principles and equipping participants with tools and strategies to implement an effective IIPP program within their business, including training of workers. This training program has been endorsed by leading companies and industries throughout Alabama.

Topics include:

  • Management Leadership
  • Employee Participation
  • Organization Planning
  • Implementation and Operation
  • Evaluation and Corrective Action
  • Management Review

Click on Injury and Illness Prevention Program to register.

  Join us for the 1st Alabama Environmental Conference: Environmental Management in the Southeast

By bringing knowledgeable, engaged speakers presenting real-world solutions to difficult environmental management and compliance challenges, we are confident that you will find proactive and sustainable solutions for compliance and conservation. This two-day conference is scheduled for October 20-21, 2014. The host hotel for all conference activities is the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama.

There will be a general session on Monday morning and Tuesday during lunch, along with breakout sessions beginning late Monday morning and Tuesday morning. General session speakers will address key issues in environmental management and provide pertinent information on current topics of interest.

Breakout sessions will include topics covering a wide range of environmental subjects and updates on regulatory matters. The conference program will blend new and traditional topics.


  • Energy and Resources
  • Waste Reduction
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Management Systems

Be the first to participant in the inaugural Environmental Conference co-sponsor by the University of Alabama UA SafeState and Alabama Productivity Center.  Register today at Exhibit opportunity are available, please download the brochure for information.

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If you have questions about the conference agenda and topics, please contact John Sikes ( or Jason Brasfield ( at 800-421-7141.

  Environmental Management Consultation Update

UA SafeState's Environmental Management Programs have had an exciting and busy first quarter of 2014.  Between conference research, business assistance, and training programs we have logged almost 6,000 miles.  You may have passed us on the road or in the air. We are working with local and international companies to provide compliance assistance and to seek innovative approaches to environmental management.

UA SafeState is constantly researching ways to make addressing environmental issues an opportunity for business instead of a burden. Each new project allows UA SafeState to bring even better insight and improvement opportunities to new clients and to students attending the Environmental Management/ ISO14001 Internal Auditing Course

Compliance and Management Services

Our Environmental Compliance Review and/or our Environmental Management Review reports are proving to be valuable assets for companies addressing environmental issues and for companies taking that next step toward an overall environmental management system for their facility.

The compliance review is an onsite review of your facility's operations. We look at your waste streams, process activities, and your compliance efforts and compare them against current regulatory requirements on the local, state and federal level.  The report serves as a check-up for your system to improve confidence in your compliance status or to identify new issues that need to be addressed.  With ever changing regulations the compliance review is a beneficial tool.

Similarly, an EMS Review compares the current practices and operating procedures against the ISO14001 Standard for Environmental Management Systems.  Although we base the format on the standard, it is not a requirement to have or even be pursuing ISO certification to benefit from this review. The report will provide insight into how your facility can adapt current practices into an overall EMS program.  The report also provides a spreadsheet identifying the facility's environmental aspects.  This can become an important tool in the EMS process.

For information on our Environmental Compliance or Environmental Management Review, please call Jason Brasfield or Larry Overstreet at 800-421-7141.

The next EMS/ ISO14001 Internal Auditing Class is scheduled for May 20-22; register today .

OSHA Emphasis Program Roundup

As most of you know, OSHA offices in Alabama conduct a significant percentage of their worksite inspections with special focus in a number of emphasis areas.  Recently, I chatted with Ramona Morris, OSHA Area Director for the north Alabama region, and Joseph Roesler, Area Director for south Alabama about their emphasis inspection activity for this year.  At present, those emphasis areas include:

  • High noise – general industry and construction.  Programmed inspections will focus on traditional high noise industries such as sawmills and woodworking, concrete, plastics, and as encountered during other onsite inspections.
  • Automotive parts suppliers – various SICs, limited to Alabama and Georgia
  • Forklift – general industry and construction, as encountered during inspections
  • Amputations – focus on machine guarding and lockout procedures
  • Fall protection – general industry and construction
  • Trenching – construction
  • Health hazards in general industry and construction, including lead, isocyanates, hexavalent chromium, and silica.

OSHA will also continue their data-driven, site-specific targeted inspections through the end of this federal fiscal year; however, no letters are expected to be sent out to employers as in previous years.  One new OSHA initiative that's not really an emphasis area, but it covers a lot of employers, is their enforcement policy on temporary workers.  OSHA is looking very closely at the roles and responsibilities the temporary labor agencies may have regarding employee safety and health training.  This would most likely occur when hazards are identified by OSHA at host employer sites and the affected workers include temporary labor.

Want to learn more about OSHA compliance and how to better manage your safety and health challenges?  UA SafeState can help.  Confidential, onsite consultation assistance is a phone call or mouse click away.  If you'd like to learn more or submit a request, contact Matt Hollub at (205) 328-8259 or visit us at

Congratulations to McWane, Inc.

Congratulations to the management team at McWane, Inc. for their first place victory in the national Ergo Cup competition at the 2014 Applied Ergonomics Conference.   More than 40 companies from across the country submitted entries and, this year, McWane's  Manchester Tank- Elkhart facility won the team competition.  And check this out:  Of the five years that a McWane facility was represented at the national competition, this is the third time they've brought home the trophy.   Special recognition goes out to the safety and health leadership at McWane, Inc. for creating the internal process that gives rise to outstanding accomplishments like this.

  Training Schedules

2nd 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.

2nd 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 machinery and machine guarding standards, lockout/tagout, permit required confined spaces, bloodborne pathogen exposure control for healthcare facilities, introduction to machinery and machine safeguarding, and introduction to safety and health management. 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.