Archive for April, 2011

Safety Training Resources Prepares Missouri Employers For Crisis

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

In the wake of the recent natural disasters, Safety Training Resources is prepared to work with Missouri employers as they assess their plans for responding to emergency situations. Safety Training Resources will help to ensure that policies and people are ready for an emergency situation.  Your employees will be confident that they know what to do in a timely and accurate manner.

The comprehensive training will cover:

Emergency Management: HR Policies and Preparedness

  • The HR policies you should review and revise now, before a workplace crisis arises
  • How to design and communicate effective emergency management procedures
  • Strategies to manage workplace disruption on a short- or long-term basis
  • Your obligations regarding employees’ pay during a business disruption

Designing an Effective Emergency Plan: The People and Resources That Must Be Included

  • How to establish a planning team and assign emergency responsibilities
  • The best method for identifying potential emergencies and assessing risk
  • Strategies to assess your organization’s emergency response capabilities
  • The components of an effective emergency response plan, and who should be included in your emergency response team

Getting Prepared: Exercises and Drills

  • The exercises you should consider at your organization, and who the major players are
  • Dos and don’ts for smart drills
  • How to improve your employees’ performance for “the real thing” after a practice exercise or drill
  • Special considerations for evacuating disabled employees

How To Keep Your Employees Informed and Calm In the Event of Crisis

  • The emergency response policies you need in your employee handbook
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  • How to make sure employees know what they need to do in the event of an emergency
  • Practical tips for tracking employees’ whereabouts and maintaining communications in the event of a crisis
  • What your employees should be instructed to say in response to media inquiries
  • How Employee Assistance Programs and other resources can help employees pick up the pieces after a crisis, and why these are so crucial

Safety Training Resources Stands Up For Safety Preparedness

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, Jeff Viehmann, President of Safety Training Resources, spoke at the Missouri Concrete Conference held in Rolla, Missouri. Approximately 200 people attended the conference at the University Of Missouri Science & Technology’s Havener Center. The presentation was on OSHA Preparedness – Preventing Citations.

Mr. Viehmann’s conversation with officials from MoDOT, Ready Mix/Materials contractors, and concrete industry consultants highlighted OSHA’s current focus, how to prepare for an OSHA inspection, and how to prevent OSHA citations. His message to the conference attendees – “Citations, like accidents, are preventable!”.


Mr. Viehmann explained how and why OSHA has a greater emphasis on safety regulatory enforcement. He earmarked the methodology behind OSHA’s enforcement inspections. He also exposed the conference to OSHA’s Top 10 “Cited Violations” for General Industry and Construction.

With passion and conviction, Mr. Viehmann shared his “principles and beliefs” on how to prevent OSHA citations. His preparedness plan included performing periodic safety audits, enforcing safety policy, and involving the entire workforce in the process of improving the safety culture. He emphasized the importance and meaning behind “listening to your employees”.

In concluding his presentation, Mr. Viehmann proposed that safety become a corporate value, not a periodic priority. He emphasized that the value of an ever-improving safety program is greater than the importance of production, profitability, and escaping liability.


Safety Training Resources Offers Missouri Residential Contractors Training and Guidance On OSHA’s New Fall Protection Standard

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Falls are the leading cause of work-related deaths among residential construction workers.

Safety Training Resources is helping Missouri contractors prepare for OSHA’s June 16th deadline for implementing the new fall protection standard.  Safety Training Resources is providing training and guidance to better protect workers from the hazards of working at heights.  

On December 16, 2010, OSHA issued STD 03-11-002, Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, which rescinds STD 03-00-001, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction, and provides that OSHA will be enforcing 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) for all residential construction work.  Under 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13), workers engaged in residential construction six (6) feet or more above lower levels must be protected by conventional fall protection (in other words, guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems) or other fall protection measures allowed elsewhere in 1926.501(b). (Although the standard does not mention personal fall restraint systems, OSHA will accept a properly utilized fall restraint system in lieu of a personal fall arrest system when the restraint system is rigged in such a way that the worker cannot get to the fall hazard.) If an employer can demonstrate that the fall protection required under 1926.501(b)(13) is infeasible or presents a greater hazard, it must instead implement a written fall protection plan meeting the requirements of 1926.502(k).

Numerous methods can be used to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities.  The following examples of fall protection represent options for residential contruction workers.  These various methods may be able to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities throughout various stages in the residential construction process.

Installing Roof Trusses

  • Bracket Scaffolds
  • Ladders 

Installing Ridge Poles and Rafters

  • Anchors

Installing Roof Sheathing

  • Safety Net System
  • Bracket Scaffold
  • Anchors

Roofing – Weatherproofing 

  • Bracket Scaffolds

Foundation Walls and Formwork

  • Anchors
  • Scaffolds

Installing Floor Joists and Floor Trusses

  • Anchors
  • Scaffolds

Installing Subfloors

  • Anchors
  • Guardrails

Installing Walls

  • Aerial Lifts
  • Ladders
  • Scaffolds

Interior Finishing

  • Guardrails

Safety Training Resources Claims That Near Misses Are “Accidents Waiting to Happen”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Investigating Near Misses

A near miss is sometimes defined as an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage, but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage. It’s easy to shrug off a near miss and not report it or make a big deal out of it, but in reality, it should immediately send up a warning flag that something was wrong, unplanned or unexpected. What’s more, it could happen again.

For every near miss or accident, there are usually several contributing factors, most of which can be controlled. The best way to prevent the reoccurrence of an accident is by looking at those close calls. If you investigate the causes of a near miss, you can take steps to eliminate the hazard.

All close calls or near-miss incidents should be reported to your supervisor so solutions can be sought to prevent an accident or injury from occurring. Solutions may involve engineering controls, administrative controls, additional training or increased communication between management and workers.

Finally, a near miss is a cheaper learning tool than learning from an actual injury or property loss accident. In fact, it represents almost zero cost.

So remember – the next time you barely avoid an accident, don’t simply pass it off as a lucky break. Examine what happened and how that same close call can be prevented from endangering you or someone else in the future.


Safety Training Resources Trains Respiratory Protection

Friday, April 8th, 2011

OSHA‘s general industry respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134) applies to virtually any situation that requires respirator use in any industry except agriculture. The standard requires:

  • A written respiratory protection plan with worksite-specific procedures
  • Appropriate respirators, certified by NIOSH and matched to the identified respiratory hazards in that workplace, provided at no cost to the employee
  • Medical evaluation of each employee before being assigned to wear a respirator
  • Respirator fit testing for each employee assigned to wear a respirator with a negative- or positive-pressure tight-fitting face piece
  • Training for employees on why and how to select, use, fit, maintain, and store respirators
  • Periodic evaluation of the respiratory protection program to be sure it is adequately protecting employees

The standard for general respiratory protection in construction industry (29 CFR 1926.103) adopts the general industry rule by reference. But note that there are additional construction-related respiratory protection requirements for certain air contaminants, such as asbestos, cadmium, hexavalent chromium (chromium VI), methylenedianiline, and lead.

Respiratory Protection Plan

Safety Training Resources will ensure your respiratory protection program will:

  • Provide respirators to all employees who need protection in the workplace.
  • All respirators used are appropriate for the individual hazards to which an employee is exposed.
  • Train in the use of the respiratory equipment is provided.
  • Each employee understands how to use and uses the applicable respiratory protection.
  • Medical evaluations of employees required to use respirators are conducted.
  • Proper qualitative and quantitative fit-testing procedures are used.
  • Respirators are cleaned, inspected, and disinfected in the proper manner. (If respiratory equipment is shared by more than one employee, the equipment is disinfected before each use.)
  • Respiratory equipment complies with the requirements of NIOSH (42 CFR Part 84) and the “ANSI/Compressed Gas Association Commodity Specification for Air, G-7.1-1989″ for compressed breathing air.

Safety Training Resources will act as your program administrator.  

Cartridge/Canister Change Schedules

If there is no end-of-service life indicator (ESLI) appropriate for conditions in the your workplace, you must implement a change schedule for canisters and cartridges, based on objective information or data that will ensure canisters and cartridges are changed before the end of their service life.

You must describe in your respiratory protection program:

  • The information and data relied on
  • The basis for the canister and cartridge change schedule
  • The basis for reliance on the data

Note: 

According to OSHA’s respiratory protection medical evaluation requirements (29 CFR 1910.134[e] and Appendix C), you must provide a medical evaluation to determine each employee’s ability to use a respirator before the employee is fit tested or required to use the respirator in the workplace.

A physician or other licensed healthcare provider either has to administer OSHA’s Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (provided at 29 CFR 1910.134, Appendix C) or give the employee an exam that covers the same material in the questionnaire.

The medical evaluation is not a full physical. Rather it covers only health issues that could affect the employee’s ability to work safely while wearing a respirator.

The evaluation is designed to identify:

  • Asthma, pneumonia, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, or other present or past lung or pulmonary problems
  • Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest pain, or other possible current symptoms of lung problems
  • Heart attack, high blood pressure, angina, or other present or past heart or cardiovascular problems
  • Chest pain or tightness or other current or past heart problems or symptoms
  • Claustrophobia
  • Trouble smelling odors
  • Current or recent tobacco smoking
  • Current or recent medication for breathing, lung, heart, blood pressure, or seizures
  • Past problems using a respirator

 Written Recommendation

You have to get a written recommendation regarding the employee’s ability to use the respirator from the healthcare provider. The recommendation must provide the following information:

  • Any limitations on respirator use related to the medical condition of the employee, or relating to the workplace conditions in which the respirator will be used, including whether or not the employee is medically able to use the respirator
  • The need, if any, for follow-up medical evaluations
  • A statement that the healthcare provider has given the employee a copy of the written recommendation

 Follow-up Evaluations

Follow-up evaluations must be conducted if the employee, employee’s supervisor, healthcare provider, or the respiratory protection program administrator detect any problems that could indicate a need for reevaluation.

Employees may also be reevaluated if changes in physical work effort, temperature, or other working conditions could substantially increase the physical burden to an employee while wearing a respirator.

Safety Training Resources is qualified to conduct the appropriate training, to administer or oversee the respiratory protection program and conduct the required evaluations of program effectiveness.

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