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MSHA Part 46 and Part 48 Certification Classes

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Safety Training Resources is now offering MSHA Part 46 and Part 48 classes. These classes meet the training requirements set forth by MSHA using approved training plans and are conducted by Jeff Viehmann, a certified MSHA instructor.

Dates for the classes are: September 24-27, 2013 and October 29 – November 1, 2013. Classes will be held in Old Monroe, Missouri, located west of St. Charles County off Interstate 70 and Highway 79.

Class size is limited and the cost per person per day is $125.00. For more details and to download a Course Registration Form, go to www.safetytrainingresources.com or call 314-808-3502.


Safety Training Resources Transforms Safety Costs Into A Safe Investment

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The benefits of workplace safety performance are often undervalued because of communication barriers between safety professionals and executive management, and the challenge of instituting metrics that demonstrate safety performance in financial or strategic business value terms.

To turn that situation around, Safety Training Resources incorporates four basic strategies to enhance the business value of safety.

1. Identify safety as a core business value driver. Profitability is an obvious corporate value driver, but so are your brand name, compliance risk, and the productivity of your workers. All of these drivers are influenced to some degree by workplace safety activities.

 Safety Training Resources believes that increased productivity and reduced costs are the top benefits of workplace safety and health.   An investment in workplace safety can have a positive impact on your company’s financial performance. Many believe that a return of investment of $3 for every $1 they invested in workplace safety programs.  

2. View safety as an investment in continuous improvement. An “investment” is a commitment to earn a financial return or gain future benefits or advantage. Safety programs have been directly linked to the benefits of increased productivity and efficiency.

3. Use a combination of leading and trailing indicators of safety performance. Using the combination instead of just trailing (or lagging) indicators to measure progress toward business objectives is much more effective.

Leading indicators tell you about the future value or direction of performance.

  • Employee turnover rate can indicate future changes in productivity and/or injury rates.
  • The number and frequency of near-misses can indicate the risk of future accidents.
  • Hours of employee safety training completed or the number of employees trained can indicated changes in productivity and safety.
  • The number and/or frequency of completed inspections can indicate the level of compliance risk, integrity of equipment, and changes in productivity.

Trailing indicators tell you where you’ve been. For example:

  • Injury and illness reports
  • Lost workdays
  • Workers’ compensation claims

Trailing indicators can highlight past costs, but they are inconsistent and often unreliable indicators of future performance.

4. Enhance employee involvement. It’s not effective just to tell employees what to do and judge them on how well they follow directions. Since they are working with the process all the time, workers are more sensitive to the integrity of safety and productivity data than management. For example, workers can see what is really going on behind the data in the injury and illness reports where management often cannot. Employee involvement is now a major component of most true safety performance evaluation methods.


Safety Training Resources’ Experience Can Modify Your Insurance Rates

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Many of our existing customers ask us the same question, “What is the best way to lower or reduce my company’s Experience Modification Rating (EMR)?

First, you have to understand what an EMR is.  The two factors that influence the EMR are the frequency and severity cost your recordable accidents.  The EMR is based on old, historical data.  For example: the 2011 EMR will be based on 2007, 2008 and 2009 accident histories.  Fiscal year 2010 is not used because it was the year just ending.

1) Track and trend the frequency of your accidents.  Attack your problem areas with training programs, focused inspections and targeted enforcement.  Change your culture to lower your incident ratios. 

2) Take a look at your deductible.  A low deductible can have a big impact on your mod rate versus a high deductible.  Talk with your insurance company and get recommendations about which one is best for your situation. 

 
Make sure your insurance company is timely in closing out cases and dropping reserves.  If you have an injury with a reserve, talk to your insurance company about their justification and get it reduced, if possible.

3) Don’t forget near misses.  Keep tabs on them as best you can.  They are often warnings of tomorrow’s accidents.  Your tracking information will tell you where to look.  Separate the safety problems into two groups: (1) things that can be fixed (improved) by changing conditions, and (2) things that can only be fixed by changing the way the employees act (behavior modification).

Unsafe conditions are usually a little easier to deal with, at least at the beginning.  Workplace conditions are generally under your direct control. Look for low hanging fruit:
• damaged or missing equipment
• missing guardrails
• under staffing issues or people who are not trained
• missing or inadequate machine guards
• are there employees (specific people with names) who are actually responsible for checking scaffolding, inspecting trenches, etc.?
• does everyone have a hard hat, a pair of safety glasses, and usable hearing protection?

Most of those issues can be fixed pretty quickly and relatively inexpensively.

Reducing unsafe actions (behavior modification) requires getting your people to think and work safely.  You have to change minds and change habits. Changing your company’s safety culture requires listening, understanding, training, explaining, fixing, and enforcing.

A safety policy is a good place to start.  It doesn’t have to be a formal document.  It can be as simple as: “If we cannot do it safely we don’t do it. There is nothing that needs to be done in our company which is so important that it is worth risking your health or safety.”  Spend time with your people explaining what safety means and why safety is important.  Having an owner or an officer honestly and believably describe the policy will help a lot.

Training is tough.  It can be helpful to bring in an outside expert (i.e. Safety Training Resources).  In some cases you can leverage OSHA’s regulations, for instance: “wearing safety glasses isn’t just a good idea or our rule, wearing them is the law.”

Train frequently and in small doses.  Frequent training provides an on-going reminder to think about safety and work safely.  Repeat the safety message clearly and frequently.  Routine training shows that you and the company really care about safety

Scheduling 5-15 minute training sessions can provide critical facts and timely reminders.  A small dose of learning gives your people one or a few things to think about and apply.  Short sessions mean that production isn’t held up.

What it all comes down to is…. ACCOUNTABILITY.  You can either turn your back on it, or you can make an affirmative decision to become part of the solution.  Don’t just say “NO”, give the supervisors and workers a safe alternative.  If you drastically cut back on the unsafe acts that happen everyday, the accidents and near misses will rapidly disappear and your EMR rate will come down.

Act Now!


Safety Training Resources Takes Forklifts “Back To Basic”

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The leading causes of forklift injuries are:

  1. Forklift Overturns
  2. Nearby Workers Struck by Forklift
  3. Victim Crushed by Forklift
  4. Falls from Forklifts
  5. Failure to Inspect or Perform Proper Maintenance

 

Forklifts serve an important role in most industrial facilities. For the optimum safety in operation OSHA requires that all forklifts be examined at least daily before being placed in service. Forklifts used on a round-the-clock basis must be examined after each shift.

The operator should conduct a pre-start visual check with the key off and then perform an operational check with the engine running. The forklift should not be placed in service if the examinations show that the vehicle may not be safe to operate.

Before starting your forklift, conduct a  prestart  inspection that checks a variety of items, including but not limited to:

  • Fluid levels — oil, water, and hydraulic fluid.
  • Leaks, cracks or any other visible defect including hydraulic hoses and mast chains. NOTE: Operators should not place their hands inside the mast. Use a stick or other device to check chain tension.
  • Tire condition and pressure including cuts and gouges.
  • Condition of the forks, including the top clip retaining pin and heel.
  • Load backrest extension.
  • Finger guards.
  • Safety decals and nameplates. Ensure all warning decals and plates are in place and legible. Check that information on the nameplate matches the model and serial numbers and attachments.
  • Operator manual on truck and legible.
  • Check the operator equipment for grease and debris.
  • All safety devices are working properly including the seat belt.

In addition to this general inspection, additional items should be checked depending on the forklift type (electric or internal combustion, including liquid propane). These include but are not limited to:

Electric Forklifts

  • Cables and connectors for frayed or exposed wires
  • Battery restraints
  • Electrolyte levels
  • Hood latch

Note: Always use personal protective equipment such as a face shield, rubber apron, and rubber gloves when checking electrolyte.

Internal Combustion Forklifts

  • Engine oil
  • Brake reservoir
  • Engine coolant
  • Air filter
  • Belts and hoses
  • Radiator
  • Hood latch

Liquid Propane Forklifts

  • Properly mounted tank
  • Pressure relief valve pointing up
  • Hose and connectors
  • Tank restraint brackets
  • Tank for dents and cracks
  • Tank fits within profile of truck
  • Leaks

Note: Always use personal protective equipment such as a face shield, long sleeves, and gauntlet gloves when checking liquid propane tanks and fittings.

Remember, if the forklift is in need of repair, defective or in any way unsafe, it should not be driven and should be taken out of service immediately. Any problems should be recorded on the appropriate documents and reported to a supervisor.

For more information on prestart forklift inspections, contact Jeff Viehmann at www.safetytrainingresources.com.


Safety Training Resources helps Missouri businesses control conditions that promote prosperity.

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Safety Training Resources can help you re-examine and reinvigorate your Safety Program.

For many business owners, staying in business means going lean: doing more work yourself rather than hiring, asking employees to “pick up the slack”, and cutting costs wherever possible. Often, this includes your safety program. You might have a clear idea of what you want your safety program to be, but don’t feel the need to invest in it. So you willfully neglect the necessary investment of time, leadership, and investment capital. And while that worked for you in the beginning, it may no longer represent the best strategy for your company.

OSHA will not allow companies to endanger the safety and health of its workers as a means to reduce business expenses,” said Clyde Payne, an OSHA area director.

“In spite of our relentless attempts to make mine operators accountable for their workers’ safety and health, some continue to flout their responsibilities,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

Safety Training Resources will stand and deliver…

  • The importance of a safety assessment. You should evaluate how well your safety plan is working for you. In many cases, business owners think their safety plan is protecting their assets, but an objective, external point of view, particularly from Safety Training Resources, can provide a different, even eye-opening, perspective. Do not assume that your safety program speaks for itself.
  • It’s not all or nothing. Some businesses will need to undergo a full “safety makeover”, it doesn’t mean that your company would necessarily need to. Integrating a safety culture doesn’t necessarily always require ripping everything apart and starting from scratch. It requires being cognizant of what you are currently doing, and then making some really smart decisions about how you can receive a higher return on your investment.  Safety Training Resources will adapt to your needs.
  • Investing in your Safety Program is something to rush intoAct Now!  Ask the right questions and evaluate if it’s time for change. Solidify your company’s mission statement by acting on your safety values and principles.   Your actions will define your safety culture, or more importantly, your safety character!
  • It’s not too late. “It is never too late to be what you could have been.” You may think that your company is already too established, that change is a greater risk than the risk of being held accountable. Communication and purpose will reinvigorate your safety culture; your employees will value being part of the process. The goal is not to change your mission, but to better align your safety culture with it.

Safety instructions to live by….

  • Document everything – if it’s not written down…it didn’t happen!
  • Hire an outside firm – level the playing field.
  • Get informed – know the facts.

 Safety isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!


Safety Training Resources Partners With Missouri Businesses

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Safety Training Resources is building strong relationships with Missouri businesses to help them manage and better understand their responsibilities when it comes to safety and health programs.  Jeff Viehmann, President of Safety Training Resources, believes that creating and maintaining a safe workplace “makes good sense and means good business, strong morale, and a healthy bottom line”.  He also understands that “it’s the law!”

Safety Training Resources is committed to providing comprehensive safety services and products that will protect your business and help keep your workers safe. The company believes in listening to its customers and adapting to their needs.  Jeff Viehmann promises that “we will meet with you to understand your company’s safety goals and financial disciplines”.  Safety Training Resources partners with its customers to build safety and health programs that protect employees and contractors, reduce losses and insurance costs, ensure government compliance and protect your reputation.

Safety Training Resources specializes in:

  • OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Training (General & Construction Industry)
  • MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training
  • Noise Sampling
  • Dust Sampling
  • Written Safety Programs
  • Safety Audits
  • Equipment-specific training
  • Safety Training on individual safety topics, i.e.; Confined Spaces, Fall Protection, Basic First Aid,

Whether you need training on a single topic or a comprehensive written safety program, Safety Training Resources has the knowledge and experience to enhance your company’s safety culture.

For more information about Safety Training Resources call Jeff Viehmann, president at 314-808-3502 or email him at j.viehmann@safetytrainingresources.com.