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 From the Executive Director’s Office……….

 

John Sikes

Here 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!!!!

 

 Upcoming OSHA Training

Hard to believe the end of another year will soon be here!

Whether working at home or at a business location, safety is always a factor.
 
Take a moment to view our calendar of upcoming training available to you through our OSHA Training Institute Education Center.
 
Need training at your location?   Give us a call toll-free 877-508-7246 to schedule a class.  
 
Our Safety and Health Certificate Program is continuously growing!  Several dedicated safety and health professionals received Construction or General Industry Safety and Health Management Program Certificates this year.
 
In order to earn their certificates, these safety and health professionals are required to complete nearly 100 hours of classroom training in at least six courses and demonstrate their expertise by examination. These recipients are to be commended for this accomplishment and their efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of co-workers on the job and family at home! We have recently added Maritime to the certificate program disciplines.  To learn more about the certificate programs  - click here.
 
Also, we are conducting the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Examination Preparation Workshop October 3-4, 2018 at the Bryant Conference Center – on the 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. Register now!
 
Visit our website http://uaosha.ccs.ua.edu to learn more about our programs.
 
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

 

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.

 

David Smith

David Smith

General Industry Certificate

Johnathan Dooley

Johnathan Dooley

General Industry Certificate

Thomas Smitherson

Thomas Smitherson

General Industry Certificate

Richey Johnson GI

Richey Johnson

General Industry Certificate

Christopher Kickland

Christopher Kickland

Construction Certificate

David Bosarge

David Bosarge

Construction Certificate

Shane Lamkin

Shane Lamkin

Construction Certificate

Richared Sheffield

Richard Sheffield

Construction Certificate

trae caton gi certificate

Trae Caton

General Industry Certificate

Doug Nolan Hampton GI

Nolan Hampton

General Industry Certificate

Sam Williams GI

Sam Williams

General Industry Certificate

Demetrius Hampton Construction

Demetrius Hampton

Construction Industry Certificate

Timothy Watley Construction

Timothy Watley

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 , 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.