September 2019 Newsletter                                Volume 11, Issue 9

September is National Preparedness Month

OSHA's Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage provides information to protect workers responding to hurricanes , wildfires , tornadoes , floods , and other natural disasters.

Hurricane Preparedness and Response - OSHA

OSHA provides comprehensive worker safety and health resources for protecting workers from many different hazards associated with storm response and recovery. See the Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricanes and Flood Cleanup and Recovery for an up-to-date listing of these OSHA web pages, Fact Sheets and QuickCards™, along with interagency and OSHA alliance partner publications.
The Response/Recovery page features a link to OSHA's Hurricane eMatrix, which features information on hazard exposures and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work. The information in the matrix is organized based on the types of activities performed so that it is easy for workers to identify the precautions they should take based on the tasks they will be performing.
For more information, please visit  https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/hurricane/index.html

OSHA's Guide to Leading Indicators - EHS Daily Advisor

Managing workplace safety can be frustrating if you have to play catch-up with accidents, injuries, and illnesses that have already happened. The number and rate of injuries and illnesses in your facility are lagging indicators.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance for employers that want to get ahead of safety and health in their facilities.
Using Leading Indicators to Improve Safety and Health Outcomes is a 17-page guide for those who want to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and reduce the cost associated with safety and health incidents.
Examples of leading indicators might include the percentage of workers who show up for refresher safety training, tracking brake replacement on industrial trucks, or how long it takes for lift teams to arrive.
Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On  Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters - Fisher & Phillips LLP

This article addresses many employment-related issues facing employers in the wake of hurricane-related disasters. In addition to federal laws, there is also focus on certain state laws, especially those in the areas most impacted by the storms. The information here is of more widespread applicability than just the current hurricane season, and may be helpful following any unexpected natural catastrophe.
Construction Site Safety Technician (CSST) Training
October 2019 
A nationally accredited NCCER certified safety training program, the Construction Site Safety Technician (CSST) course will provide the student with the training and certification necessary to become a safety professional in the construction industry. This course covers all aspects of on-the-job safety for the construction industry forming the basis for a well rounded understanding of safety as it applies to this job perspective.
The CSST (Construction Site Safety Technician) class includes the OSHA 30 Hour Card .
The next available class starts on  October 25th.
The classes for this course are held Fridays & Saturdays starting at 7:00am and ending at 5:30pm.  The course is approximately 5 weeks long.
The cost of the course is $1500 and covers all materials for the course. To reserve your place in the upcoming class, a $300 down payment is due by  October 11th when you register.
This is nonrefundable. The final $1200 payment must be paid by  October 18th.  

Upon completion you will receive the following certifications :
-Field Safety (NCCER)
-Safety Technology (NCCER)
-Construction Site Safety Technician (NCCER)
-Construction Site Safety Supervisor (NCCER)
-OSHA 30 Hour in Construction
Please contact SCTC Customer Service to register for the next available class or for further information on the CSST Training:
Bridging Technology and Training Content for Continued Innovation
By Jim Gossett, CTO and CIO
As with most industries, advances in technology not only drive innovation but also nudge evolution in how human beings interact and engage with the enormous amounts of information as well as participate in the transfer of knowledge. In recent years, the focus on maintaining current technology and deploying new technical solutions have been a constant since there are so many new options available at a blinding speed: New phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices that provide more speed and efficiency. Constant cyber security threats and outdated legacy applications that require consistent development and maintenance for added security and functional enhancements. The journey has revolved around navigating through the complex everchanging technology landscape and evaluating cost effective options that meet the needs of our clients and stakeholders. "These challenges have presented opportunities for SCTC to blend current service delivery capabilities with a potential portfolio of forward-looking options. My "client centric" approach with a risk-based framework for assessing cost effective options has served our clients well for over a decade. The careful vetting and selection process of optimal solutions have resulted in the subsequent delivery of value-added learning management capabilities and platform enhancements consistently and securely over the years. This phased agile approach has provided the opportunity for our clients to be part of this process from discovery through adoption to minimize service disruption and maximize the benefits." explains Jim Gossett, SCTC's Chief Technology and Chief Information Officer.

As part of maintaining this innovation ecosystem, consistent evaluation of innovative technology and processes is a necessity and not an option for gauging the evolution of what effective training delivery means to our diversified workforce with shifting demographics. Recently, SCTC has partnered with HTX Labs to pilot the EMPACT content platform combined with the immersive technology delivery system called HTC Vive. The goal of the pilot is to introduce this combined virtual reality technology and interactive training content as an integrated experience. The pilot participants will be guided through a virtual educational experience leveraging one of three basic learning content libraries - Fire Safety, Active Shooter, and Industrial Safety. After the guided experience is completed, the pilot participants will be asked to complete a survey based on their experience and offer feedback or suggestions on how their companies might consider leveraging this platform for future customized course development. Again, the objective of this pilot is to demonstrate the immersive training and virtual content as a combined experience. If your organization has an interest in learning more about the pilot, please contact Jim Gossett, jgossett@csctc.org .
Safety Council of Texas City
409-948-9009 ext. 404