Thursday, July 30, 2015

OSHA 3115 Class

OSHA #3115 - Fall Protection

This course provides an overview of state-of-the-art technology for fall protection and current OSHA requirements. Topics covered include the principles of fall protection, the components of fall arrest systems, the limitations of fall arrest equipment, and OSHA policies regarding fall protection. Course features a one-day field exercise demonstrating fall protection equipment.
*This course was previously known as OSHA #3110

This course is being offered at a 50% discount for September only. The $700 course is available for $350. Register NOW!      
Tuesday, September 1 to Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 3 day course. 

Call NSEC at 800-656-5317 to register


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Back Injury Prevention - Tool Box Talks

Who has not heard the basics of back injury prevention?  At the same time, who has applied these principles to every day work?  Many people understand the basics of safe lifting, but fail to perform these basic practices on a regular and consistent basis.  The following is a summary of the basics:
·       Bend your knees and keep a straight back when you lift.
·       When you bend down to pick up a tool, bend your knees.
·       You should NEVER bend at the waist to pick up anything (or even to tie your shoes.).
·       Keep your stomach muscles in shape.  This will help maintain proper posture while lifting, and ultimately reduce your chance for a back injury.
·       When lifting and moving a load, shift your feet, rather than twisting your back.
·       Remember the 10:1 ratio for lifting improperly –
A straight-legged lift of 20 pounds will apply over 200 pounds of force on your vertebrae and disks in your lower back. (This is why you must bend your knees to lift.)
·       Know what items are two men lifts: 
            -        Large sections of forms
-        Large core sections
-        Large cut outs
-        Etc.

Prevention –

·       Stretch you legs and back before you start to work.
·       Think of proper lifting technique before you begin a lift.
·       Establish a clear travel path before you begin your lift.
·       Remind your co-workers of proper technique of lifting.
This information is provided by: Assurance Agency 


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Temperature & Heat - On the job Tool Box Safety Talks

Construction workers generally work outside and are exposed to heat and the sun. Too much heat or cold, especially if combined with high humidity or high winds, can harm your health and interfere with work. Hot, humid conditions can cause heat exhaustion, cramps, and even fainting. Employers have a responsibility to protect workers from extreme temperatures.

At times, workers may be required to work in hot environments for long periods. When the human body’s unable to maintain a normal temperature, heat-related illnesses can occur and may result in death.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Confined space Handout

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The OSHA definition of a confined or enclosed space for construction activities is a space that:
• Has limited means of getting out, and
• Is subject to the accumulation of toxic or flammable gases or has an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

Normally excavations are not considered confined spaces because they are usually subject to natural ventilation. Sometimes, however, excavations qualify as confined spaces if natural ventilation does not occur.

Hazardous atmospheres

Sometimes, you do find hazardous atmospheres in excavations. If so, a competent person must test excavations where oxygen deficiency (atmospheres containing less than 19.5 percent oxygen), or a hazardous atmosphere exists or there is a chance it could exist. If that is the case, the air in the excavation must be tested before you enter any excavation more than four feet deep.
Also, adequate precaution must be taken to prevent your exposure to air containing a concentration of a flammable gas greater than 20 percent of its lower flammable limit.
Excavations that could raise a red flag as “could reasonably be expected to exist” are excavations in landfill areas, areas where hazardous substances are stored nearby, hazardous waste cleanup sites, and underground storage tank digs.

Engineering controls
If hazardous conditions exist, controls such as proper respiratory protection or ventilation must be provided. Ventilation is probably the best and most effective method of controlling a hazardous atmosphere. In numerous places throughout the OSHA regulations it says you must engineer or administrate out hazardous atmospheres before resorting to respiratory protection.

Rescue operations
Where adverse atmospheric conditions may exist or develop in an excavation, the employer must provide and ensure that emergency rescue equipment (e.g., breathing apparatus, a safety harness and line, basket stretcher, etc.) is readily available. This equipment must be attended when used.
When controls, such as ventilation, are used to reduce atmospheric contaminants to acceptable levels, the atmosphere must be tested as necessary to ensure it remains safe.

This information is provided by: Assurance Agency  


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Eye Protection - On the job Tool Box Talks

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It can only take a moment for you to lose your sight. Because of workplace hazards, OSHA requires that employers supply appropriate eye protection. However, the employee must take responsibility and use the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is provided.
However, eye injuries can be prevented if you use proper eye protection and maintain that eye protection.

What must my employer do?
Your employer must ensure that:
• all workers required to wear eye protection understand how to use it so that it offers the most protection.
• these workers must demonstrate understanding of the training and the ability to use it properly before being allowed to perform work requiring its use.

What must I do?
As an employee who is required to wear eye protection, you must:
• Understand how to use the required PPE.
• Know how to properly clean and maintain the PPE.
• know the locations of and how to use the eyewash stations.

What must eye protection do?
At a minimum, eye protection must:
• Adequately protect against the particular hazards for which they are designed.
• Be reasonably comfortable when worn under the designated conditions.
• Fit snugly without interfering with the movements or vision of the wearer.
• Be durable.
• Be capable of being disinfected.
• Be easily cleanable.
• Be kept clean and in good repair.
• Meet ANSI Z.87 standards

This information is provided by: Assurance Agency

Friday, July 10, 2015

Construction Safety Council-Classes for August 2015

Excavation Safety for the Competent Person 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
7:30 am to 4:00 pm

OSHA #3095 Electrical Standards
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 to Friday, July 10, 2015
Call NSEC at 800-656-5317 to register for this event  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 7:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:30 am to 1:00 pm

OSHA #500
Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health for the Construction Industry
Monday, July 13, 2015 to Friday, July 17, 2015
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Call NSEC at 800-656-5317 to register

Scaffold User and Erector Hazards
Monday. July 13, 2015
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

OSHA #7845 Guidelines to Recordkeeping
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Confined Space Entry
Thursday, July 16, 2015
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Saturday, July 18, 2015
7:30 am to 1:00 pm

Excavation Safety for the Competent Person
Monday, July 20, 2015
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

OSHA 30 Hour for Construction
4 Day Class 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Fall Protection Safety for the Competent Person
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Signal Person Hazards for Cranes
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
7:30 am to 11:30 am

Rigging Hazard Awareness
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
12 Noon to 4:00 pm

American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
7:30 am to 1:00 pm

ATSSA Flagger Training
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
7:30 am to 11:30 am


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

OSHA Heat Safety App for Apple & Android

When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.

More than 200,000 users have downloaded the OSHA Heat Safety Tool since its launch in 2011. This spring, OSHA released a new version of the app for Apple devices, with full-screen color alerts, improved navigation and accessibility options.

This improved version lets you know instantly if you are in a high-risk zone due to heat and humidity and precautions that need to be taken to prevent heat-related illness. The recently updated app gives users important safety information when and where they need it -- right on their mobile phones. Download this life-saving app today.

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