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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.

 

 

 

 Registration Open! Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference

The 31st Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference is open for registration.  The conference dates are August 27-29, 2018 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL.  This year's theme is Making Waves in Safety and Health!

 Conference breakout sessions are organized into eight “learning tracks” that include construction; occupational health/IH; 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, August 23rd and Friday, August 24th for our pre-conferences.  Visit the conference website below for more information.

Do not 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, go to www.algovshc.ccs.ua.edu.

 

 

2018 Sponsorship - Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference

Increase business and raise your profile through sponsoring the Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference. This conference will help you and your company connect with the right people in a forum designed to optimize relationship-building and deal-making. Sponsorships give you access to brand your company to the safety and health decision making audience.

Sponsoring provides your company with an excellent way to:

  • Create, maintain and enhance your brand awareness in front of key existing and potential clients
  • Position your company as a leader within the industry
  • Gain visibility for your product
  • Showcase your corporate support for safety and health in your company

For information on sponsorship levels, visit algovshc.ccs.ua.edu. Find the one that best fits your company!

 

 

 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.

 

Demetrius Spears GI

Demetrius Spears

General Industry Certificate

Demetrius Spears Construction

Demetrius Spears

Construction Certificate

George Sparks Construction

George Sparks

Construction Certificate

Richey Johnson GI

Richey Johnson

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.

 

  American Society of Safety Engineers Region IV PDC

Mark your calendars! The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Region IV Professional Development Conference is being held on April 11 - 12, 2018, at the Bryant Conference Center on the main campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Hosted by the Alabama Chapter of ASSE, this conference offers a great opportunity for safety and health professionals to learn, network, and earn CEUs while taking advantage of all The University of Alabama campus has to offer. The ASSE PDC is packed with general sessions and four tracks of breakout sessions over two days. Registration includes breakfast and lunch during the conference. Exhibitors will be on hand to display the latest and greatest in safety and health products and services.

For more information or to register for the ASSE Region IV PDC, go to regionpdc.com. UA SafeState is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of this outstanding professional conference.


 

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.