OSHA Training News
October 17, 2018
OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety & Health in Construction Stress "Find and Fix" Approach to Job Site Safety
Establishing a safety and health program at your construction job site is one of the most effective ways of protecting your workers. Losing workers to injury or illness can cause significant disruption and cost—to you as well as the workers and their families. It can also damage workplace morale, productivity, turnover and reputation.

OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs in Construction provides responsible employers, workers and worker representatives with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues on diverse construction job sites. These recommended practices may be used by any construction company or job site, but will be particularly helpful to small and medium-sized contractors. They also include guidance specifically aimed at general contractor employment, staffing agency employment and multi-employer work situations.
Safety and health programs foster a proactive approach to “finding and fixing” job site hazards before they can cause injury or illness. Rather than reacting to an incident, management and workers collaborate to identify and solve issues before they occur. This collaboration builds trust, enhances communication and often leads to other business improvements. 

OSHA’s recommended practices reflect what has been learned from best-in-class programs and what makes them effective. They place greater emphasis on involving workers, include an improved program evaluation element to help drive continuous improvement and stress the need for communication and coordination on worksites involving more than one employer.

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center is offering a variety of OSHA construction-related courses at multiple locations, including:

Fall Protection is Vital for Workplace Safety

OSHA requires employers to set up their workplaces to prevent workers from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. Fall protection must be provided at elevations of 4 feet in general industry workplaces, 5 feet in shipyards and 6 feet in the construction industry. OSHA also requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of fall distance.

To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:

  • Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover).
  • Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
  • Provide guardrails and toe-boards regardless of height if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (i.e., conveyor belt).
  • Provide additional types of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs, including safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center is offering OSHA 3115 - Fall Protection on October 29-31, 2018, in Sacramento, CA, and on December 3-5, 2018, in Fresno, CA. CLICK HERE to register.

Lockout/Tagout Controls Hazardous Energy

Energy sources, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment, can be extremely hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can cause serious and even fatal injury to employees. OSHA reports that f ailure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10% of serious accidents in many industries.
An essential component of energy safety is the lockout/tagout (LOTO) process.  Proper lockout/tagout practices and procedures help safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy. Lockout/tagout refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. OSHA’s standard on the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) details the steps employers must take to prevent accidents associated with hazardous energy. Learn More

OSHA 7115 - Lockout/Tagout , which focuses on employer roles and responsibilities in the development and implementation of an energy control program, is being offered by the OSHA Training Institute Education Center on November 16, 2018, in Dublin, California. CLICK HERE to register.

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District currently offers high quality OSHA standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at 13 locations throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii. Click on the images or links to view the upcoming 2018 class schedule in each location.
Featured OSHA Courses

This 4 day course covers industrial hygiene practices and related OSHA regulations and procedures. Course topics include recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic hazards, Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL), OSHA health standards, respiratory protection, engineering controls, OSHA sampling protocols and strategies, and workplace health program elements.

This 4 day course covers Federal OSHA policies, procedures and standards, as well as general industry safety and health principles and is the prerequisite course to the OSHA 501-Trainer Course for General Industry . Topics include scope and application of OSHA General Industry standards, with special emphasis on areas that are the most hazardous in non-construction industries, guided by OSHA standards.

This 3 day course covers ergonomic principles to recognize, evaluate and control workplace conditions that cause or contribute to musculoskeletal and nerve disorders. Topics include work physiology, use of video display terminals anthropometry, musculoskeletal disorders, and risk factors such as vibration, temperature, material handling, repetition and lifting and transfers in health care. 

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OSHA Announces Updated National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation
OSHA has announced that it has updated  the  National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in  response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. The updated  NEP  is designed to increase education and enforcement efforts .  

The program began on October 1, 2018, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach.
During this period, OSHA will continue to respond to complaints, referrals, hospitalizations and fatalities. OSHA-approved State Plans are expected to have enforcement procedures that are at least as effective as those in this NEP. 
OSHA has a number of compliance assistance materials to help, including:

  • Audio public service announcements recorded by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta in English and Spanish that highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches and excavations.
  • A 45-second video, “5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe,” which also highlights well-known and proven safety measures that can eliminate hazards and prevent worker injuries.
  • An updated trenching operations QuickCard, which provides information on protecting workers around trenches, including daily inspections, and trench wall safety.
  • An updated Trenching and Excavation webpage, which provides additional information on trenching hazards and solutions.
Visit OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation webpage for more information and resources.

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The OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District currently offers high quality OSHA standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at our locations in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in Central and Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized onsite safety training.

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