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Occupational Safety & Health Training Program Newsletter

Volume 10

 

 


And the winner is...

In our last edition, we asked for your help to name our newsletter. We received many great submissions, making the task of picking a winner a challenging one! We're excited to announce the winning name is Georgia Tech OSHA Insider. The winner has received a free seat in an upcoming Occupational Safety & Health course of his choosing. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!

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COMING SOON!  2015-2016 Occupational Safety & Health Course Catalog

 

 

The 2015-2016 Occupational Safety & Health Course Catalog is on the way! We've been busy refining our current courses and developing new courses to keep you up-to-date on OSHA standards. We're also introducing two new certificates: Advance Safety and Health Management and Facilities Maintenance Safety. The new catalog will be rolling out this month. Want to be sure you're in the loop? Sign up to receive our monthly email where we will share the 2015-2016 catalog.

 

 

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OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness

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Summer heat is on! As temperatures climb, workers and employers need to know how to prevent heat illness. OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Campaign is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the dangers of working in hot conditions. It's important for employees and managers to know and understand the Heat Index, risk factors, and how to create prevention policies to ensure worker safety.

All workers should be trained to follow these standards recommended by OSHA:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty.
  • Rest in shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and know what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.
  • "Easy does it" on your first days of work in the heat.  You need to get used to it.

Thanks to OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, there is an abundance of online tools and resources to guide you in creating a heat illness prevention program. Explore the Campaign website to learn more about heat illness safety.

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New Confined Spaces Rule for Construction

New Confined Spaces Rule for Construction

New rules governing work in confined spaces for construction workers went into effect on August 3, 2015. OSHA instituted a 60-day temporary enforcement period to give employers additional time to train employees and acquire equipment in compliance with the new standards. During the temporary enforcement period, OSHA will not be issuing citations to companies who are making a good faith effort to comply with the new standards however, companies must be in compliance with the training requirements of the new standard or in full compliance with the previous standard. Full enforcement is set to begin on October 2, 2015.

OSHA defines a confined space as a space with limited means of entry and/or exit, large enough for a worker to enter, and is not intended for regular/continuous occupancy. Workers in confined spaces can quickly find themselves in life threatening situations which are addressed by the new regulations. Asphyxiation, toxic substances, electrocution, and explosions are just some of the hazards faced by workers.

Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels, had this to say about the changes: “This rule will save lives of construction workers. Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health.”

The changes are expected to prevent nearly 800 injuries related to confined spaces each year. For more information regarding the new regulations, visit the OSHA Confined Spaces webpage.

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WANTED: Letters of Support for the Professional Master's in Occupational Safety and Health (PMOSH) Program

Georgia Tech is currently exploring offering a Professional Master's in Occupational Safety and Health (PMOSH). Georgia Tech Professional Master's programs are designed for working professionals and combines traditional academic studies with experiential learning through labs, case studies, and projects. We would like input from our students and industry professionals. If you or your company would like to support the development of the PMOSH program, please submit a letter to myrtle.turner@gtri.gatech.edu or mail to:

Myrtle I. Turner Harris, Ph.D., MPH, CET
Georgia Tech Research Institute
260 14th Street
Room 424
Atlanta, GA 30332-0837

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FREE Georgia Tech Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program

Georgia Tech Occupational Safety and Health Program

The OSHA 21D Consultation Program provides a free, confidential, on-site consultation service for small companies (fewer than 250 and not more than 500 employees corporate wide) in Georgia that need assistance in occupational safety and health. Employers have the option to choose several different types of assistance.  Services include:

  • Walk through surveys
  • Surveys of work practices
  • Noise measurements
  • Air sampling and analysis
  • Evaluations of technical programs
  • Safety and Health Management Systems development assistance

To learn more about these services, visit our website.

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OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions by our OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainers.  

How do I find a copy of my Outreach Training Program Course Report Forms from the course reports I've submitted online?

I have a standard schedule I follow for every 10-hour class I teach.  Do I have to create a specific schedule for each class or will the standard/generic one suffice?

Do the students need a separate sign-in sheet for each day of class or can I just call roll?

How do I request a class size exception?

This is the first time I've conducted a 10- or 30-hour Outreach Training Class.  What do I need to do to receive student course completion cards?

I submitted an Outreach Training Course Report online about two weeks ago, but it has not been approved and I have not received the student cards. Why have I not received them and what should I do?

How do I find a copy of my Outreach Training Program Course Report Forms from the course reports I've submitted online?

You can download a copy of your course report by following these instructions:

     1. Login to the trainer website
     2. Click "View", then "Course Report"
     3. Click the line showing the course report you wish to access to view the course summary
     4. On the course summary page, click "Export as Word Document"
     5. Click "Download" when prompted
     6. You can then open, save and print the document

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I have a standard schedule I follow for every 10-hour class I teach.  Do I have to create a specific schedule for each class or will the standard/generic one suffice?

Trainers are required to have a specific, detailed topic outline for each class.  The topic outline should include the exact time each topic is covered, all breaks, and if training lasts more than six hours, it must include lunch time.

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Do the students need a separate sign-in sheet for each day of class or can I just call roll?

Students must sign in each day of class with their full signatures and trainers are required to maintain these sheets in the course record.  The daily sign-in sheets require the following information:

  • Date
  • Location (City, State)
  • Instructor name
  • Student name printed or typed with student signature beside it

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How do I request a class size exception?

OSHA requires Outreach Training classes to be limited to 3-40 students.  Class size exception requests must be submitted to the trainer’s Authorizing Training Organization (Georgia Tech OSHA Ed Center). Requests must be emailed to outreachtraining@gtri.gatech.edu.  Follow the instructions below for requesting an exception.

  • To request an exception for a class with more than 40 students, requests must be submitted at least 60 days BEFORE the first day of class and include the following information:
    • Explanation.  Explain why the training cannot be conducted in accordance with OSHA requirements.
    • Class Curriculum. A topic outline with indicates each topic, the length of time each topic will be taught, and the date and time the topic will be taught.
    • Student Materials. Provide a list of materials which will be provided to each student.
    • Method for Facilitating Student Questions. Explain how students will be able to ask questions when the class is not in session.  Possible methods include email, answering questions after class, or Q & A session after each topic.
    • Documentation for Student Attendance. Confirm that attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of each class day.
  • To request an exception for a class with fewer than three students, requests must be submitted at least seven days BEFORE the first day of class and include the following information:
    • Explanation. Explain why the training cannot be conducted in accordance with OSHA requirements. Include information regarding why student cannot obtain the training in a larger class at a later time. Note: If this type of training is considered a routine business practice, such as beginning employment, please note this.  If applicable, note the period over which this practice will continue as the Authorizing Training Organization may provide an exception over an extended period.
    • Target Audience. If applicable, indicate whether the training is for in-house employees, if the training is required for employee orientation purposes or to fulfill company or jurisdictional policy, or if it is makeup training.

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This is the first time I've conducted a 10- or 30-hour Outreach Training Class.  What do I need to do to receive student course completion cards?

If you took your Outreach Trainer class or update class with Georgia Tech, you need to register on the Outreach Trainer Website.

  • Click the REGISTER button at the top right of the page.
  • Complete the registration information and click SUBMIT at the bottom.  It usually takes 1-2 days to approve your registration. You will receive an email confirmation upon approval.  If you have not received confirmation within two days, please email us at trainingcartrequests@gtri.gatech.edu.
  • Georgia Tech is required to maintain a copy of your trainer card and a signed statement of compliance before we can issue student cards. Typically we already have these documents on file, however, if we need a copy of these credentials from you, you will receive an email requesting this documentation.
  • After you receive our approval email, you must login to the Outreach Trainer website to complete your course report. Instructions to complete your course report can be found here.
  • Payment for the cards is required after you create your course report. We are unable to issue cards until payment has been made.
  • The course report will be processed within 1-3 business days. Cards will be printed and mailed to the shipping address you provided.

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I submitted an Outreach Training Course Report online about two weeks ago, but it has not been approved and I have not received the student cards. Why have I not received them and what should I do?

First, check to see if payment was made for the cards.  The course report will not be approved and will not be processed until payment is made.  If payment was made and the report shows as being approved, contact us so we can confirm the date the cards were mailed.  Please note the following regarding student course completion cards:

  • Cards are mailed via U.S. Postal Service to the shipping address provided by the trainer.
  • Course reports will not be processed until payment for student cards has been received.
  • Course reports are normally processed within 2-4 business days. Please note our office is closed at the end of the year for two weeks for Winter Break.

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