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 From the Executive Director’s Office……….

 

Matt HollubHere is the impact our online Electrical Safety Auditor Training Certificate Program has had on one of our students and their company:

I also thought I’d tell you about a recent experience working with our electrical safety program.  When we spoke on the phone I think I mentioned to you that I had asked our CEO to start coming with me on safety inspections and everyone freaked out.  Rumors were going around that I was trying to shut done the institute.  It was crazy!!!  Well, our CEO agreed to go with me and for the first inspection I took him to see some key equipment that I tagged out of service due to IDLH conditions.  One was a band saw that cuts metal blocks.  It was missing guards and had a frayed electrical plug.  That was bad enough, right?  The other one, a lathe.  They were turning the equipment “on” (480V) but, it didn't really “turn on” just by flipping the switch.  They also had to remove the covers around the electric motor and; using a wire brush with a wooden handle, insert it into the base to “brush off” the coils on the motor.  They didn't know why but this “magically” made the lathe begin operating.  They would then replace the cover and use the equipment.   During the inspection one of the workers told our CEO that they’ve been using the equipment that way for years.    

We now have a team doing inspections with me quarterly that includes the CEO.  Those specific units are being replaced.  We are inspecting all equipment now and they are putting together an equipment replacement schedule complete with a budget.  Our guys in the shop are so excited and word has spread to other departments.  I’ve had several more requests to come and look at various things.  Real safety concerns are being discussed in all management meetings now instead of it just being a required agenda item that no one wanted to talk about.  Improvements are moving forward by leaps and bounds.  Our CEO even identified an electrical violation on his own and corrected it with the staff.  He is very happy that I asked him to attend the inspections.  He didn't know we had any issues because no one was telling him.  We have a very long way to go but, we’ve hit a critical turning point.  I’m very glad to be learning about electrical safety!!!!

 

 Two New Courses (Introduction to Industrial Stormwater Management and SPCC)

Introduction to Industrial Stormwater Management 

Many activities and processes at industrial facilities are exposed to the weather (material handling and storage, equipment maintenance, etc.).  Stormwater runoff that comes into contact with these activities can transport pollutants and contaminate nearby rivers, lakes, and wetlands.  Federal regulations [40 CFR 122.26(b)(14)(i)-(xi)] require stormwater discharges associated with specific categories of industrial activity to be covered under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.  Successful completion of this one-day course will provide foundational knowledge for staff to achieve compliance with NPDES permit conditions. Topics include: development of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), review of best management practices (BMPs), sampling and monitoring strategies, and understanding permit conditions.

Register for the Introduction to Industrial Stormwater Management

Spill Prevention, Controls, and Countermeasures Plan Implementation

This half-day course introduces the concepts and requirements of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule (40 CFR Part 112).  It can act as your required annual SPCC training and is also a great introduction for new oil-handling personnel.  The material focuses on industrial, commercial, agricultural, and public facilities using or storing oil and covers essential topics such as:  rule applicability, general rule requirements, prevention measures, secondary containment, inspection procedures, spill response, and notification.  You will work through the EPA Tier I Qualified Facility Template and learn the basics of developing, implementing and maintaining an oil spill prevention plan (SPCC plan).  Through practical exercises and discussions you will grow your understanding of the SPCC Rule and how to control and respond to spills.

Register for the Spill Prevention, Controls, and Countermeasures Plan Implementation

 If you have any questions, please contact Gregg Cubel at gcubel@ccs.ua.edu.

Energy Efficiency Online Training Certificates

We are now offering four new Energy Efficiency Training Certificates for Building Managers, Engineers, Auditors, and Maintenance / Construction Workers.  These certificate programs are offered online and are available 24/7:

  1. Managers will gain workable knowledge of developing and maintaining an energy efficient system.  Information is provided to help with management decisions concerning the energy efficiency mission.
  2. Engineers will gain workable knowledge of designing and maintaining an energy efficient system.  Specific information is taught concerning practical design theory, best practices and maintenance to meet the tenets of the mission of energy efficiency.
  3. Auditors will learn details of an audit that are critical to designing, maintaining, and cost projecting energy efficient systems.  Emphasis is placed on recognizing ways to improve existing energy efficiency based on established industry standards along with company policies and procedures. 
  4. Workers will learn best practice and maintenance to meet the energy efficiency mission and ways to improve the existing energy efficiency based on existing standards.

Please click here for more information or call us at (877) 508-7246.            

If you would like to register for any of these certificate programs please contact us at (877) 508-7246 or gcubel@ccs.ua.edu

 

 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.

 

Jeffern D. Morris

Jeffery D. Morris

Construction Certificate

Renee Swavely General Industry

Renee Swavely

General Industry Certificate

Jason Myers Construction

Jason Myers

Construction Certificate

Jeff Hilyer Construction

Jeff Hilyer

Construction Certificate

james hill ci

James Hill

Construction Certificate

jason hamaker ci

Jason Hamaker

Construction Certificate

jason hamaker gi

Jason Hamaker

General Industry Certificate

ryan allen ci

Ryan Allen

Construction Certificate

William Dickinson ci

William Dickinson

Construction Certificate

Darrell Brooks gi

Darrell Brooks

General Industry Certificate

Robert Windham gi

Robert Windham

General Industry Certificate

Richard Caudill gi

Richard Caudill

General Industry Certificate

Brandley Sullivan Construction Safety Certificate

Bradley Sullivan

Construction Certificate

Jeff Grosso

Jeff Grosso

General 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.

 

  EPA Takes Important Step to Further Protect Children from exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, announced new, tighter standards for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from the harmful effects of lead exposure.

“EPA is delivering on our commitment in the Trump Administration’s Federal Lead Action Plan to take important steps to reduce childhood lead exposure,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s final rule is the first time in nearly two decades EPA is issuing a stronger, more protective standard for lead dust in homes and child care facilities across the country.”

“EPA’s updating its standards for lead dust on floors and windowsills in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities is an important advance,” said Secretary Carson. “We will use this new rule in updating the lead safety requirements for the pre-1978 housing we assist.”

Since the 1970s, the United States has made tremendous progress in lowering children’s blood lead levels. In 2001, EPA set standards for lead in dust for floors and window sills in housing, however since that time, the best available science has evolved to indicate human health effects at lower blood lead levels than previously analyzed.

To protect children’s health and to continue making progress on this important issue, EPA is lowering the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft2) to 10 µg/ft2 on floors and from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2 on window sills. The more protective dust-lead hazard standards will apply to inspections, risk assessments, and abatement activities in pre-1978 housing and certain schools, child care facilities and hospitals across the country. 

Lead-contaminated dust from chipped or peeling lead-based paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood lead levels in children. Infants and children are especially vulnerable to lead paint exposure because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do, and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. They can be exposed from multiple sources and may experience irreversible and life-long health effects. Lead dust can be generated when lead-based paint deteriorates or is disturbed.

The rule will become effective 180 days after publication in the Federal Register.

A link to this final rule and to learn more: https://www.epa.gov/lead/hazard-standards-lead-paint-dust-and-soil-tsca-section-403

Learn more about the lead-based paint program: https://www.epa.gov/lead

Background Reducing childhood lead exposure and addressing associated health impacts is a top priority for EPA. In December 2018 EPA Administrator Wheeler and other Federal Officials produced the Lead Action Plan, a blueprint for reducing lead exposure and associated harms by working with a range of stakeholders, including states, tribes and local communities, along with businesses, property owners and parents.

EPA continues to work with its federal partners to improve coordinated activities and implement objectives of the Lead Action Plan
 

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 , 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.