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!
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.
OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness
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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Myrtle I. Turner Harris, Ph.D., MPH, CET
Georgia Tech Research Institute
260 14th Street
Atlanta, GA 30332-0837
FREE Georgia Tech Occupational Safety and Health Consultation 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:
To learn more about these services, visit our website.
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?
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
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.
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:
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 email@example.com. Follow the instructions below for requesting an 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?
If you took your Outreach Trainer class or update class with Georgia Tech, you need to register on the Outreach Trainer Website.
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: