In the late 1990’s, our primary client-base of Massachusetts and New Hampshire contractors and consultants, Boston-area hospitals, and New England towns and schools, urged IEE to begin offering various OSHA training courses including Lead in Construction, Fall Protection training classes, Hazwoper, Confined Space training classes, Respiratory Protection and later, OSHA 10 hr and OSHA 30 hr Construction and General Industry training classes.
OSHA Outreach Training
The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.
Through this program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers at IEE. The 10-hour class is intended for entry level workers, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for workers with some safety responsibility. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation's productivity. IEE Instructors are certified to provide Construction and General Industry OSHA Outreach Training courses in English and Spanish.
Health and Safety Training
In March 2012, OSHA announced the revision of its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the Globally Harmonization Standard (GHS update). OSHA is requiring that all US employees are trained on the new label elements and SDS format by December 1, 2013. As always, IEE is at the forefront for being prepared to offer you the GHS training.
1. Adult First Aid and CPR with AED
2. Confined Space Entry
3. Confined Space Entry; Spanish
4. Fall Protection
5. Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
6. Respiratory Protection Awareness
7. Spanish: Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.
The employer shall ensure that each employee has been trained, as necessary, by a competent person qualified in the following areas:
|(i)||The nature of fall hazards in the work area;|
|(ii)||The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection systems to be used;|
|(iii)||The use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection to be used;|
|(iv)||The role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when this system is used;|
|(v)||The limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance of roofing work on low-slope roofs;|
|(vi)||The correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and materials and the erection of overhead protection; and|
|(vii)||The standards contained in subpart M. |
The employer shall provide training so that all employees whose work is regulated by the Permit Required Confined Spaces section acquire the understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary for the safe performance of the duties assigned under this section.
Training shall be provided to each affected employee:
|(i)||Before the employee is first assigned duties under this section;|
|(ii)||Before there is a change in assigned duties;|
|(iii)||Whenever there is a change in permit space operations that presents a hazard about which an employee has not previously been trained;|
|(iv)||Whenever the employer has reason to believe either that there are deviations from the permit space entry procedures required by paragraph (d)(3) of this section or that there are inadequacies in the employees' knowledge or use of these procedures.|
The training shall establish employee proficiency in the duties required by this section and shall introduce new or revised procedures, as necessary, for compliance with this section.
The employer shall certify that the training required by this section has been accomplished. The certification shall contain each employee's name, the signatures or initials of the trainers, and the dates of training. The certification shall be available for inspection by employees and their authorized representatives.
First Aid and CPR Training
OSHA regulation under Medical Services and First-aid 1926.50(c) states, & In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, hospital, or physician that is reasonably accessible in terms of time and distance to the worksite which is available for the treatment of injured employees, a person who has a valid certificate in first-aid training from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the American Red Cross, or equivalent training that can be verified by documentary evidence, shall be available at the worksite to render first-aid.&
IEE provides National Safety Council training in First Aid and CPR with AED that is recognized as equivalent training by OSHA.
Globally Harmonized System (GHS) or Hazard Communication
OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. To help companies comply with the revised standard, OSHA is phasing in the specific requirements over several years (December 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016).
The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013. By that time employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. This training is needed early in the transition process since workers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals in their workplace. To ensure employees have the information they need to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period, it is critical that employees understand the new label and SDS formats.
The list below contains the minimum required topics for the training that must be completed by December 1, 2013.
1) Training on label elements must include information on:
a) Type of information the employee would expect to see on the new labels, including the:
|i)|| Product identifier: how the hazardous chemical is identified.|
|ii)|| Signal word: used to indicate the relative level of severity of hazard and alert the reader to a potential hazard on the label.|
|iii)|| Pictogram: OSHA’s required pictograms must be in the shape of a square set at a point and include a black hazard symbol on a white background with a red frame sufficiently wide enough to be clearly visible.|
|iv)|| Hazard statement(s): describe the nature of the hazard(s) of a chemical, including, where appropriate, the degree of hazard.|
|v)|| Precautionary statement(s): means a phrase that describes recommended measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous chemical or improper storage or handling.|
|vi)|| Name, address and phone number of the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer|
b) How an employee might use the labels in the workplace. For example,
|i)|| Explain how information on the label can be used to ensure proper storage of hazardous chemicals.|
|ii)||Explain how the information on the label might be used to quickly locate information on first aid when needed by employees or emergency personnel.|
c( General understanding of how the elements work together on a label. For example,
|i)|| Explain that where a chemical has multiple hazards, different pictograms are used to identify the various hazards. The employee should expect to see the appropriate pictogram for the corresponding hazard class.|
|ii)|| Explain that when there are similar precautionary statements, the one providing the most protective information will be included on the label.|
2) Training on the format of the SDS must include information on:
a) Standardized 16-section format, including the type of information found in the various sections
|i)|| For example, the employee should be instructed that with the new format, Section 8 (Exposure Controls/Personal Protection) will always contain information about exposure limits, engineering controls and ways to protect yourself, including personal protective equipment.|
b) How the information on the label is related to the SDS
|i)|| For example, explain that the precautionary statements would be the same on the label and on the SDS.|
Other Health & Safety Training Courses
1) Respiratory Protection
2) Lead in Construction: See Mass Lead Based Paint Training
3) Asbestos in Construction: See Asbestos Class 2 Training