OUR AUTHORIZED OSHA OUTREACH TRAINING COURSES
OSHA 10/30 Hour Training
The OSHA 10/30-hour courses are intended to provide instruction on a variety of the construction industry safety and health standards to entry-level participants. The curriculum outlines for these courses are determined and provided by OSHA.
In recent years, the demand for OSHA training has increased at such a rate that the OSHA Training Institutes have been unable to keep up with the demand. As a result, OSHA has been authorizing trainers outside of the agency to teach occupational safety and health standards to private sector personnel. This effort is aimed at promoting workplace safety and health in the construction industry. The OSHA 10/30-hour courses are among those that these trainers are authorized to conduct.
While many OSHA regulations include specific training requirements for workers, participation in the 10/30-hour program is voluntary and not required by any OSHA regulation.
Where does the Construction 10/30-Hour program fit in?
Most of the training requirements for the Construction 10/30-hour course are the same as the General Industry requirements. The main difference is the list of topics to be covered during the training.
29 CFR 1926.21
Excavation and Trenching Methods
Your excavation and trenching projects can vary in complexity. Trenches may vary from a few feet deep and be dug in less than an hour by one person, or they may be a major excavation of 30-feet in depth taking numerous pieces of equipment and several days to complete.
All types of excavations require an applicable knowledge of engineering, geology, and soil mechanics. Cave-ins, confined space, flooding, and underground utilities are just a few of the hazards associated with this type of work. The purpose of this course is to increase an awareness of possible hazards and how to prevent them.
29 CFR 1926.650 – .652
Confined Space Standards
What makes an area a confined space? What are your responsibilities as an employer to determine such an area and how do you protect your employees in a confined space application?
OSHA defines this space as an area having limited means of entering or exiting, can gather gases, vapors, or not sustain sufficient amounts of air to sustain life.
Unfortunately, these construction regulations are not placed into one, easy to find, location. They are distributed in various locations throughout the construction regulations and cover a variety of topics such as training, hazards, precautions, personal protective equipment, ventilation and excavations.
We can assess your company procedures to determine any exposure to a confined space and develop the proper programs to address potential risks.
We can also train supervisors and other employees to ensure that the regulations are met and where to access the information.
29 CFR 1926.650 – .1200
Hazard Communication 2012 Globally Harmonized System Requirements and Practices
OSHA has estimated that more than 32 million workers are exposed to over 650,000 hazardous chemical products in more than 3 million American workplaces. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employers.
The basic goal of a Hazard Communication Program is to make sure employers and employees know about potential work hazards, how to recognize them and, most importantly, how to protect themselves. This seminar is designed to help reduce the possible incidence of chemical source illness and injuries.
Due to our database and network, we can also play a vital role in assisting in the development of the following:
Chemical Inventory List.
Safety Data Sheets.
Labels (where necessary).
29 CFR 1926.50 – .66
Record Keeping Procedures
What do I keep? What do I discard? This course is designed for management and office personnel who are required to keep documentation on company activities. It will help you organize all of your records based on a sequence of importance and necessity.
Develop simple audits and checklists for each specific job and/or functions tailored for your needs and future use using Microsoft software.
Conduct “physical walk through” of your facilities and jobsite(s) with supervisors and employees using the data sheets developed above.
29 CFR 1904
Competent Person Recognition
OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are certified, competent, or “qualified” meaning that they have had special previous training, in or out of the workplace.
Many standards promulgated by OSHA explicitly require the employer to train employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs. These requirements reflect OSHA’s belief that training is an essential part of every employer’s safety and health program for protecting workers from injuries and illnesses.
29 CFR 1926.21
Heavy Equipment Operations and Safety Methods
Developing and assisting your company in the training and implementation of policies in the following areas to meet OSHA Standards and Regulations, as well as equipment manufacturer’s policies and procedures as recommended in the Operator’s Manual.
Course Content includes:
Jobsite Safety is Your Responsibility.
Inspection and Pre-operation Inspections to Operation’s Manual Specifications.
Mounting and Dismounting Equipment.
Heavy Equipment Operation.
Operator’s Manual Review.
Earthmoving Equipment Overview.
Lifting & Hauling Equipment.
29 CFR 1926.600 – .606
Fleet Safety Standards
Developing and assisting your company in the training and implementation of policies in the following areas:
Driver recruiting and training.
Preventative Maintenance Program.
Assist in setting up testing facilities to meet D.O.T. requirements for complete physical. This physical will include both drug and alcohol screens.
Compliance with D.O.T. record keeping and driver’s files.
49 CFR PARTS 40,300-399
Lockout/Tagout Procedures and Methods
Do all of your personnel follow the required standards for repair and preventive maintenance? Do they fully understand and follow required procedures? Do they realize the possible implications of not following required procedures?
This course is specifically designed as an awareness course for all personnel. It has been developed as another opportunity to prevent serious injury or possible death do to carelessness.
Lockout – The placement of a device that blocks the flow of energy from a power source to a piece of equipment.
Tagout – The process of attaching a tag to a disconnect switch or other energy isolating device to warn others not to restore energy to the tagged equipment.
Inspect and evaluate work sites and facilities to determine the necessity for development and implementation of a program to meet your needs.
29 CFR 1910.147
Course covers proper evaluation and documentation of your work sites and facilities to determine any potential fire hazards and develop procedures and practices to control and eliminate those hazards.
OSHA regulates several aspects of fire prevention and response as they relate to construction. Emergency planning, fire prevention plans, and evacuation that would need to be done in the event of a serious fire during a construction operation are addressed at 29 CFR 1926.150-.155.
Your employer is responsible for the development of a fire protection program to be followed throughout all phases of the construction and demolition work. In addition the employer must provide for the firefighting equipment as specified in 29 CFR Subpart F.
Training and education is of the utmost importance to employers and employees if the risk of injury or death due to fires at the construction jobsite.
The employer shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of an effective fire protection and prevention program at the jobsite throughout all phases of the construction, repair, alteration, or demolition work. The employer shall ensure the availability of the fire protection and suppression equipment required by 29 CFR Subpart F.
(There are no specific fire protection training requirements in the regulations.) However, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) indicates, “The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.”
In addition 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(5) says, “Employees required to handle or use flammable liquids, gases, or toxic materials shall be instructed in the safe handling and use of these materials and made aware of the specific requirements contained in Subparts D, F, and other applicable subparts of this part.”
An effective fire protection and prevention program would consist of proper fire fighting equipment and the training needed to operate it.
Portable fire extinguishers must be inspected periodically and maintained in accordance with Maintenance and Use of Portable Fire Extinguishers, NFPA No. 10A-1970.
Also, as warranted by the project, the employer shall provide a trained and equipped firefighting organization (Fire Brigade) to assure adequate protection to life.
29 CFR 1926.150 – .159
Drug & Alcohol Testing
Many owners and general contractors have instituted both mandatory and voluntary drug and alcohol testing. Their requirements are designed to prevent accidents and injuries resulting from the misuse of alcohol or the use of controlled substances by their employees and the employees of all contractors and subcontractors working on all jobsites.
This course has been designed to help you:
Development and implement an aggressive program to help you meet or exceed all drug and alcohol testing requirements.
Set up proper testing facilities to ensure accurate and documented results.
Maintain employee records to conduct proper record keeping and selection of random tests when required.
49 CFR PART 382
Fall Protection and Safety Issues
Assess and determine any employees who might be at risk of a fall from all types of elevated work platforms or aerial lift equipment.
Course Content includes:
Selecting appropriate fall protection systems.
Assisting in proper installation of systems.
Developing safe work procedures.
Developing your rescue plan
Training workers in proper selection, use and maintenance of systems.
29 CFR 1926.500 – .503
Personal Protective Equipment
This course has been designed to determine, through site and facility evaluations, the areas of need for personal protective equipment.
Areas for potential protective equipment may include one or more of the following:
Hands and Feet Protection
29 CFR 1926.95 – .107
Respirable Crystalline Silica
29CFR1926 – .1153
Scafolding Procedures and Safety Standards
Scope and application – All scaffolds used in construction, alteration, repair (including painting and decorating), and demolition.
General requirements – Requirements for capacity, construction, access, use, fall protection, and falling objects protection when working on scaffolds.
Aerial lifts – Safety requirements for extendable boom platforms, aerial ladders, articulating
Seminar Design Training – Provide specific training requirements for:
Employees who work on scaffolds.
Employees who assemble, disassemble, move, operate, repair, maintain or inspect scaffolds as well as aerial equipment.
29 CFR 1926.450 – .454
Stairway/Ladder Practices and Standards
Ladders are indispensable for so many jobs like painting, repairing roofs, reaching storage areas, or changing light bulbs. People think more about the task at hand than the ladder that will get them there. Similarly, stairs can also be taken for granted. Workers who are aware of ladder and stairway safety are less likely to get hurt.
Falls from ladders and stairs happen in all industries, but OSHA has injury estimates for the construction industry. OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries, and as many as 36 fatalities, per year due to falls from stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these injuries are serious enough to require time off the job; about 11,570 lost workday injuries occur annually.
29 CFR 1926.1050 -.1059
Welding and Cutting Standards
Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to over 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime.
Even in metal cutting or repair jobs that are considered routine, workers should always follow established safety procedures and resist the temptation to take short-cuts. There are three basic types of welding operations:
Oxygen-fuel gas welding joins metal parts by generating extremely high heat during combustion.
Resistance welding joins metals by generating heat through resistance to electric current.
Arc welding joins or cuts metal parts by heat generated from an electric arc that extends between the welding electrode and the electrode placed on the equipment being welded.
There are numerous health hazards associated with exposure to fumes, gases, and ionizing radiation formed or released during welding, cutting and brazing, including heavy metal poisoning, lung cancer, metal fume fever, flash burns, and others. These risks vary, depending upon the type of welding materials and welding surfaces.
NIOSH published a Criteria Document, NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Welding, Brazing, and Thermal Cutting in 1988, recommending that “exposures to all welding emissions be reduced to the lowest feasible concentrations using state-of-the-art engineering controls and work practices.”
NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) has reported that excesses in morbidity and mortality among welders appear to exist even when exposures have been reported to be below current OSHA permissible exposure limits (PELs), for the many individual components of welding emissions.
Welding and cutting regulations are found at 29 CFR 1926.350 – .354. Your company must make sure that your welders or cutters and their supervisors are suitably trained in the safe operation of their equipment. In addition, they must make sure that these employees understand the welding process so that they perform their welding tasks safely.
29 CFR 1926.350 – .354
High Lift / Forklift Telescopic Handler Inspection and Training
Construction materials handling equipment covers a wide range of jobsite workhorses. OSHA divides materials handling equipment into two groups: earthmoving, and lifting and hauling equipment. Earthmoving equipment primarily moves dirt around, but some can double as materials haulers. Lifting and hauling equipment moves raw materials around your jobsite.
Lifting and hauling equipment-includes industrial trucks (forklifts, telescopic handlers, etc.). They must meet the following OSHA requirements.
Lift trucks, stackers, etc., must have the rated capacity clearly posted on the vehicle so the operator can see it. Ratings must never be exceeded.
No modifications or additions that affect the capacity or safe operation of the equipment can be made without the manufacturer’s written approval. If modifications or changes are made, plates, tags, or decals must be changed accordingly. In no case shall the original safety factor of the equipment be reduced.
Unauthorized personnel cannot ride on powered industrial trucks. If a person is authorized to ride a truck, then a safe place to ride must be provided.
The OSHA regulations are the minimum requirements for safely operating vehicles and materials handling equipment. Your equipment operator’s manual is the best source for information on operating your specific piece of equipment properly and safely.
29 CFR 1926.600 – .606