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 From the Executive Director’s Office……….


John Sikes

UA SafeState on TV!

While sitting on your couch, surfing through your hundreds of TV channels, have you noticed the UA SafeState ads?

If you have, you’ve seen part of our UA SafeState campaign that has been running on North and Central Alabama television stations since mid-October. If you have attended an Alabama football game, you’ve probably also seen our messages from the ads displayed in the stadium.

This is all part of a carefully planned project to get more Alabamians to recognize the UA SafeState brand and to associate it with their job, home and play.  Three television ads, one each for safety and health, environment and training, will air through the end of the year. In addition, you may hear radio ads and see printed materials that reinforce the television images and provide additional details about what UA SafeState is all about.

You may even see some familiar faces! If you look closely, you can spot a few of our UA SafeState staff who were filmed and photographed as part of the campaign.

We'd love to hear your comments. Feel free to visit our website at and let us know what you think!



 Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference Registration is Open!

The 30th Annual Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference is open for registration.  The conference will be held August 28-30, 2017 at the beautiful Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL.  This year's theme is Safety & Health: Three Decades; Two Words; One Goal!

We have two dynamic, well-respected speakers lined up for this year.  Walt Maddox, Mayor Tuscaloosa, Alabama will begin the conference on Monday morning and Richard McElhaney of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania will close out the conference on Wednesday morning.   You’re in for a treat with these excellent speakers!  For more information about the keynote speakers, visit our website at

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, join us Thursday and Friday, August 24-25 for our outstanding pre-conferences.  Visit our website below for more information on the pre-conferences.

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:




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, 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.


Anyony Carter

Anthony Carter

Construction Industry Certificate

Daniel Bruce

Daniel Bruce

General Industry Certificate

Haley Ann Davis

Haley Ann Davis

Construction Industry Certificate

Jeffery K. Dennis

Jeffery K. Dennis

General Industry Certificate

Jerry Wayne Braden

Jerry Wayne Braden

Construction Industry Certificate

Kenneth W Kossow

Kenneth W. Kossow

Construction Industry Certificate

Michael Shannon Butts

Michael Butts

Construction Industry Certificate

Kyneta Coleman

Kyneta Coleman

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.


  National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week April 3-7, 2017

As a member of the Alabama Struck-By Alliance, UA SafeState wants you to know that National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is coming up soon on April 3-7, 2017.

We’re encouraging Alabama employers to remind all employees about their responsibilities when travelling through roadway work zones.   In particular, it’s important that we share a message on the critical need to observe all traffic controls (especially speed limits) and to drive undistracted through these areas. Your company may not be involved in building roads – BUT -- your employees drive to and from work every day; and many are driving company vehicles.  Please ask that they drive safely through work zones...and to always EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

This year’s National focus is “Work Zone Safety is In Your Hands.”  If your company would like to formally participate by hosting a safety meeting on this topic during that week (or anytime during the month of April), we encourage you to register your activity with Alabama AGC via this link:  2017 Work Zone Safety Stand Down Registration.  By doing so, we can give OSHA some statistics on the number of employees participating in this national event.

For your convenience, a 2017 NWZS Tool Box Talk is available as a training aid. Feel free to use it, or any part of it, in your outreach.

UA SafeState and the Alabama Struck-By Alliance thanks you for your commitment to fostering workplace safety and health!




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: 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

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

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.

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

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