OSHA Training Update
December 9, 2020
2021 Catalog & Class Schedule Now Available
The OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s new Catalog and 2021 Class Schedule through March are now available.

You can choose from a wide range of OSHA standards-based training in construction, maritime and general industries. Classes are offered in a variety of formats, including Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) via Zoom, in-person where permitted following strict safety protocols, and a hybrid of VILT and in-person.

You can download our new Catalog or fill out this form to request a Catalog by mail.

CLICK HERE for a schedule of classes through March 2021, or CLICK HERE to access our VILT classes.
COVID-19: Business Continuity and the Community
by James Decker
Occupational safety and health professionals are always trying to find ways to communicate the importance of planning and preparedness. There has certainly been no greater example of this than the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite previous pandemics including SARS in 2003 and the H1N1 flu in 2009, COVID-19 caught the country and most of the world unprepared. There are no doubt social, economic and political factors at work, but they’re better debated elsewhere and in perfect hindsight. The fact that we were relatively unprepared and ill-equipped to manage a pandemic is already being written into the history books.

There were early warning signs, and some were paying attention to them. In a February 2020 Harvard Business Review (HBR) article titled Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis, which was published almost a month before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, authors Martin Reeves, Nikolaus Lang and Phillip Carlsson-Szlezak of Boston Consulting Group summarized twelve lessons they offer their global clients for business continuity during the pandemic. Their article focused on these key elements: information, planning and policies, preparedness and resilience. They cautioned that information should be updated frequently and should come from reliable sources, but that information alone isn’t equivalent to preparedness.

Understanding information on transmissible diseases can be challenging since much of it is provided by scientists, not directed toward the business owner/operator. Businesses that are unclear should consult with experts, such as credible safety and health professionals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and individual State OSHA plans to help decipher the information and apply it in the workplace. Much of the advice on the importance of preparation provided in the HBR article is echoed in the information being offered to attendees of the OSHA 7210 Pandemic Illness Preparedness course through the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and other OTI Education Centers.

In a nutshell, businesses need to understand the nature of a pandemic: it is a communicable disease that could be easily transferred among employees in their workplaces. While we are not yet immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus is entirely immune to our human concerns, and to manage it we need to “think” like a virus. We have learned a lot about how this virus can be transmitted between individuals by direct or indirect mechanical transmission, including respiratory droplets that travel like projectiles for distances up to 6 feet, and by aerosols that can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. We know more about behaviors that cause it to spread, and that some segments of the population are more vulnerable to infection, serious illness and death. And we know that through effective communication of information, advance and ongoing training, behavior modification and appropriate business practices we can help prevent spreading illness and save lives, during this current pandemic and in the future.
About James Decker

James Decker is a Board-Certified Safety Professional, the principal of JMDecker Group Hawaii, and an OSHA Training Institute Education Center instructor. His primary focus is on the prevention of accidents, incidents, and events that harm people, property, or the environment, and is a safety consultant to a wide range of managers, designers, employers, government agencies, and others. Mr. Decker served as Hawaii OSHA Chief Staff Officer (Deputy Administrator) and was responsible for managing the “State Plan” grant.
OSHA’s Alliance Program Provides COVID-19 Resources
OSHA has collaborated with its alliance of organizations committed to workplace safety and health to compile a list of COVID-19 resources on workplace safety and health and related topics. The list includes general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency, a section with resources on reopening workplaces, cloth face coverings and respiratory protection, and additional industry-specific COVID-19 resources grouped by industry.

OSHA’s Alliance Program includes organizations such as trade and professional associations, labor unions, educational institutions, community and faith-based groups, and government agencies to share information about OSHA’s initiative and compliance assistance resources with workers and employers and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

Featured 2020 Classes
The focus of this 1-day class is to identify, evaluate and prevent or control fall hazards at construction sites, with emphasis on falls to a lower level rather than falls to the same level resulting from slips and falls. The target audience is small construction employers, business owners, managers, employees and employee representatives who are seeking information about fall hazards found in the workplace. REGISTER HERE
December 21-22, 2020 via Zoom (2 half-days)
In this 1-day class students will learn about the role and responsibility of the employer to assign a competent person to the excavation site and arm that person with the knowledge to perform the work properly. At the end of the class, participants will understand the importance and duties of a competent person in trenching and excavation and gain knowledge and skills required to perform trenching and excavation duties. REGISTER HERE
OSHA Standards Require that Trenches be Inspected Daily by a Competent Person
Trenching and excavation operations can pose a high risk to workers; however, when done safely, worker exposure to potential hazards during trenching and excavation can be greatly reduced. Employers must be diligent to guard against common trenching hazards, including collapses (cave-ins), falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres and incidents involving mobile equipment.

OSHA standards require that trenches be inspected daily and as conditions change by a competent person prior to worker entry to ensure elimination of excavation hazards. A competent person is an individual, designated by the employer, who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to workers, and who is authorized to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them. Under OSHA’s Excavation standards, tasks performed by the competent person include:

  • Classifying soil
  • Inspecting protective systems
  • Designing structural ramps
  • Monitoring water removal equipment
  • Conducting site inspections

See OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation Safety publication to learn more about OSHA’s Excavation standards and the duties of a competent person.

2021 Virtual Instructor-Led Training via Zoom
The following is a partial list of upcoming 2021 classes offered online in a live-video format via Zoom by the OSHA Training Institute Education Center:

  • January 5-8, 2021
  • March 1-5, 2021
  • March 30-April 2, 2021

  • January 5-8, 2021
  • February 22-26, 2021

  • January 11-15, 2021
  • February 16-19, 2021
  • March 9-12, 2021

  • January 13-14, 2021 2 HALF-DAYS
  • March 8-9, 2021 2 HALF-DAYS

  • January 8, 2021
  • February 23, 2021
  • March 19, 2021

  • January 19-22 and 26-29, 2021 8 HALF-DAYS
  • February 16-19 and 23-26, 2021 8 HALF-DAYS
  • March 22-25 and March 29-April 1, 2021 8 HALF-DAYS
IMPORTANT: The OSHA numbered live, online video-based classes via Zoom are only available to participants located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam or American Samoa.

No transfers or refunds can be honored fewer than 10 days prior to class.

For more information, contact us by email at otc@clpccd.org or call (866) 936-6742 (calls returned within 24 hours).
2021 In-Person Training
(Includes Hybrid of Zoom and In-Person)
The following is a partial list of upcoming 2021 in-person and hybrid classes offered by the OSHA Training Institute Education Center following strict safety and physical distancing guidelines. Please NOTE: Our in-person class schedule is subject to change based on future state or county orders to stay at home.

  • January 20-22, 2021 | Sacramento, CA

NOTE: This class is a hybrid of Zoom and In-Person
  • January 25-28, 2021 | Dublin, CA (In-Person Day)

NOTE: This class is a hybrid of Zoom and In-Person
  • February 1-5, 2021 | Sacramento, CA (In-Person Day)

NOTE: This class is a hybrid of Zoom and In-Person
  • February 3-5, 2021 | Dublin, CA (In-Person Day)

  • February 10-12, 2021 | Sacramento, CA

  • March 20-28, 2021 | Dublin, CA WEEKENDS
Join the Campaign to Keep Teen Workers Safe on the Job During Seasonal Employment
Employing young workers this holiday season at your #SmallBiz? Know what rules apply and how to keep them safe. Visit OSHA’s Young Workers webpage. Also, make sure they know to maintain social distancing whenever possible, and that cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.

You can learn more about the campaign by visiting the Keep Teen Workers Safe website and participate in the social media campaign by visiting #KeepTeenWorkersSafe.

This week’s theme: I care about the safety and health of teen workers!
The OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality OSHA standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industries at our San Francisco Bay Area (Dublin) location as well as other locations in Northern, Central and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa.
We are offering in-person OSHA courses on a limited basis following physical distancing and other strict safety guidelines. Class size is reduced to prevent exposure to COVID-19, so early registration is strongly advised. We are also offering live, online video-based OSHA courses. Visit our website for updated class information.
Our offices are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are available to respond to inquiries by email at otc@clpccd.org or phone at (866) 936-OSHA (6742) (phone inquiries will be answered within 24 hours).