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 From the Executive Director’s Office……….

 

John Sikes

With the holiday season approaching and a new year of training ahead, we wanted to thank you for your continued support of our OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

The 2018 schedule of OSHA training courses is now available. Join us for your training needs. We conduct OSHA courses in Tuscaloosa and Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL. However, if you have a specific need for your company, please contact us about having the training at your facility.

You can become an OSHA Authorized Outreach 10 and 30-hour Trainer, or update your trainer status. Attend specialty courses specific to your needs in Safety and Health, or gain a general knowledge of topics that relate to the job you perform.

Need online training? UA SafeState has an online Health and Safety Management Certificate Program geared toward employees who have been given the responsibility of health and safety on a part-time or full-time basis but have no formal education in health and safety.

We also have a classroom oriented Safety and Health Certificate Program in the disciplines of Construction, Maritime, and General Industry. To learn more about these certificate programs - click here.

To register online for our OSHA courses visit training.ccs.ua.edu.

 

 

 

 UA SafeState offers TWO Great Environmental Courses

 ISO 14001 Transition Workshop (September 19)

This half day workshop is intended for organizations that have an existing environmental management system in place and are transitioning to, or at least seeking to align with, the ISO14001:2015 version of the International Standard. It does not matter if you have not started the transition process or just wanting a check up on where you currently stand. The ISO14001 Transition Workshop will assist you in identifying where you already meet the new standard and where additional work is needed. Utilizing a unique evaluation matrix, attendees will evaluate their system against the new standard and find a clause by clause rating of their transition progress. This evaluation provides a unique way to better understand the new standard and identify items that sometimes get overlooked. The workshop setting also provides a unique opportunity to review and discuss the standard with other organizations and put your EMS program on the path to conformance with the new standard.

 ISO 14001 Internal Auditor (September 20-21)

The release of the ISO14001:2015 version on September 15, 2015 has given us the opportunity to rework our internal auditor course, formatting the entire course around the new standard. This course includes up-to-date sections on environmental regulations that impact Alabama and surrounding states. With a thorough review of the standard, and guidance on the auditing process, individuals completing this course are better prepared to lead and participate in the internal auditing process. The two day internal auditor training is based on the utilization of the ISO14001-2015 Standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and the ISO190011:2011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems.

Need more information:

Call Gregg Cubel at 877-508-7246 for questions concerning dates, administration, and logistics. Call Jason Brasfield at 800-421-7141 for questions about the course content.

How to register:

The ISO 14001 Transition Workshop is 1/2 day course from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, AL. The fee for the training is $225.

The ISO 14001 Internal Auditor Class is a two day class and will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, AL. Lunch provided each day of class for the ISO 14001 Internal Auditor Class. The fee for the training is $595.

You can register by phone (866) 432-2015 or register today online.

 

SouthEastern Environmental Conference - Early Bird Registration Open!

Our fourth annual SouthEastern Environmental Conference is scheduled for October 30-November 1, 2017 at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. Considering attending SEEC for the first time or joining us again? Check out our video from the 2016 SEEC Conference to get a feel for what we're doing.

Conference registration is now open for participants, sponsors and exhibitors. Participants can register now for the early bird fee of $450. Visit SEEC.UA.EDU for more details and bookmark the page to easily check back for updates!

SEEC is bringing together experts in water, air, land, waste, energy, conservation, management and process improvement from across the Southeastern U.S. to share their vision for our region's future. It's something a little different, and something a lot special.

 SEEC offers participants a great opportunity to network with peers from across the Southeast.

 Exhibitors have multiple days to meet face-to-face with qualified buyers and decision makers from manufacturing industry, utilities, municipalities and consulting firms. Exhibitors, please download the exhibit prospectus for detailed information.

We are increasing our student participation at the conference.  On Monday afternoon from 4 – 6 p.m. we will have a poster board competition for up to twenty students from various colleges and universities.  For more details, see our student participation reception page.

For more information, visit our conference website, SEEC.UA.EDU or call us toll-free at 877-508-7246.

To register, visit our registration website, training.ccs.ua.edu or call registration services at 866-432-2015.

 

 

 

 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.

 

Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed

General Industry Certificate

Eric Bryan

Eric Bryan

General Industry Certificate

Robert Mills

Robert Mills

General Industry Certificate

Chase Flurry

Chase Flurry

General Industry Certificate

Sonya Whitaker

Sonya Whitaker

General Industry Certificate

Ronnie O'Dell

Ronnie O'Dell

General Industry Certificate

George Sparks

George Sparks

General Industry Certificate

George Brasher

George Brasher

Construction Industry Certificate

Paul Simmons

Paul Simmons

Construction Industry Certificate

Stanley Bishop

Stanley Bishop

Construction Industry Certificate

Natalie Bailey

Natalie Bailey

General Industry Certificate

Stanley Bishop

Stanley Bishop

General Industry Certificate

Ryan Watkins

Ryan Watkins

Construction Industry Certificate

Stanley Wheat

Stanley Wheat

Construction Industry Certificate

 

 

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 June Vance at (205) 348-4585.

 

 Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)

Construction Health and Safety Technician  (CHST)
Examination Preparation Workshop
October 3-4, 2017   8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
Bryant Conference Center – UA Campus

The CHST certification focuses on construction safety management principles and practice.  It is designed for practitioners who fill job site safety positions on construction projects.  This certification does not require a college degree.  A single 200 question examination is required to obtain the CHST certification.

This two-day workshop is intended to assist you in preparation for the CHST examination.  You will receive information on the education and experience requirements for the CHST certification, and have a chance to answer practice questions from each of the eight areas covered by the exam.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the CHST exam requirements and pre-requisite skills
  • Explain the areas covered in the exam
  • Assess their skills and knowledge of the material addressed in the exam
  • Complete CHST Self-Assessments

Materials Required:

Workbooks for this seminar are required as they will be referenced throughout the workshop. CHST Study Group books must be purchase prior to class and brought with the student.

The CHST Study books can be obtained at:  https://www.spansafetyworkshops.com/workbooks

Register Now!

 

Environmental and Online Training

Our Environmental and Online Training Section .has been restructured and so has our staff! Peter Hodgson is now program manager, newcomer Cynthia Springer is our program assistant, newcomer Gregg Cubel is our training coordinator and Nancy Holleman is our office associate senior.  You can reach any of us on our toll-free number 877 508-7246.  Please contact us with any questions you may have.

 Congratulations to Brandy Benson with Federal-Mogul Motor Parts in Alabama, Nicholas Costantino with Thermo Fisher Scientific in Massachusetts, Sara Zuzga with Paragon Laboratories in Michigan, and Roger Snyder in Mississippi.  They recently completed our online Health and Safety Management (HSM) Certificate Program.  This program is geared for those who have health and safety responsibilities but have had little or no formal training.  It is also for those who are new in safety and health, or who may just want to build some competency.   This certificate program consists of ten different health and safety classes, each about ten hours long. We offer the following classes::  OSHA, Workplace Safety, Introduction to Industrial Hygiene, Worker’s Compensation, Mine Safety, Managing Hazard Communication Programs, Managing Ergonomic Programs, Managing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Programs, Managing Fleet Safety Programs, Managing Bloodborne Pathogen Programs; Managing Heat Stress Programs; Managing Wellness Programs; Managing Health Promotion, and Understanding Basic Electricity.  You can take individual classes for $295 each or ten classes for the HSM Certificate Program for $2,700.  Because these classes are offered online, you can take them at your location and at your pace. 

 Congratulations to Robert Green with Tamko in Alabama and Stanford Kelly with Phifer, Inc. in Alabama for completing our online Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW) Certificate Program.  This program helps the employer meet training requirements established in OSHA regulations and NFPA standards; namely, that workers are properly trained concerning potential electric shock, fire and arc flash hazards.  It consists of eight classes that each take about four hours to complete.  You can take individual classes for $200 each or the eight classes for the QEW Certificate Program for $1,200.  Because these classes are offered online, you can take them at your location and at your pace. 

 Congratulations to Tony Zeak at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Craig Sandles with Northwest Exterminating in Arizona for completing our online Qualified Electrical Worker Train-the-Trainer Certificate Program.  This program helps you effectively train your employees on how to recognize and respond safely to electrical hazards.  It consists of nine classes and a short project (a ten to fifteen-minute presentation of you teaching a topic that will be reviewed and critiqued).  Our Train-the-Trainer QEW Certificate Program fee is $1,600. Because these classes are offered on-line, you can take them at your location and at your pace. 

Congratulations to William Kirby with the University of Virginia for completing our online Electrical Safety Auditor Certificate Program.  This program prepares you to audit and improve electrical safety programs and is based on the annually required audit per the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E and OSHA Standards.  It consists of ten classes and a short project (perform an audit with report and submit for review).  Our Electrical Safety Auditor Certificate Program fee is $1,450.  Because these classes are offered on-line, you can take them at your pace and at your location

Please check our calendar for environmental classes that we have scheduled at the Bryant Conference Center on campus in Tuscaloosa that are coming up soon. You can register for any of these classes online at:  training.ccs.ua.edu or by calling our registration office at 205 348-3000.

We can also hold classes at your facility with a training agreement.  Please contact us for details.

 

 

OSHA Teams Up With NOAA and NWS to Prevent Heat-related Deaths and Illnesses

 

For the fifth year, OSHA has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses.

Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill due to working in the heat. About one-third of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry, but outdoor workers in every field – including agriculture, landscaping, transportation, and oil and gas operations - are susceptible to the dangers of heat.

In a June 10th call with meteorologists and weather reporters across the country, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels and the National Weather Service's Deputy Director Laura Furgione discussed the importance of protecting workers from dangers related to working in the heat.

As a result of a four year partnership between the National Weather Service and OSHA, important worker safety information is included in all NWS extreme heat alerts. Dr. Michaels asked the meteorologist to incorporate this worker safety message into their weather broadcasts. "We need your help in getting the word out that employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat. This means providing regular breaks for workers so they can cool down, and ensuring regular access to water so workers can stay hydrated."

"We have found that most work-related heat deaths occur in the first few days of working in the heat," said Michaels. "That's why it's important for employers to allow workers to gradually build tolerance to the heat. This is true for new, temporary, and even seasoned workers who have been away from the heat for a week or more, or at the beginning of a heat wave."

OSHA also worked with the National Weather Service to develop a smartphone heat safety app that allows users to calculate risk levels at a worksite and learn the protective measures needed to prevent heat illness. Almost 200,000 people have downloaded the app so far.

The app was updated this spring for Apple devices, with full screen color alerts, improved navigation and accessibility options. This improved version lets you know instantly if you are in a high risk zone due to heat and humidity—and precautions that need to be taken to prevent heat-related illness.

Visit OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention page for more information and to download or order heat illness educational materials in English or Spanish.

 

  Training Schedules

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 that teach needed skill sets as well as work practices. 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.

Upcoming OSHA Training Institute Education Center courses

The OTI-EC will be hosting several of its most popular classes in the near future. In addition to our core General Industry, Construction and Maritime Standards and Trainer courses, which are held on a rotating basis, several specialty courses will be offered, including:

  • Recordkeeping Rule Seminar
  • Guide to Industry Hygiene
  • Electrical Standards
  • Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Introduction to Safety and Health Management
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards
  • Introduction to Accident Investigation
  • Lockout/Tagout

To see the complete listing for  2016 schedule, click on http://uaosha.ccs.ua.edu.

For more information on these classes, go online to to download the catalog  or contact June Vance at (205) 348-4585.