Sunday, February 26, 2017

Silica Hazard​ in Construction

This course is designed to assist contractors with the new OSHA Silica Health Standard for Construction, 29 CFR 1926.1153.
This course will cover the following topics representing the sections of the standard:

    Scope and Definitions
    Specified & Alternative Exposure Controls
    Respiratory Protection
    Written Exposure Control Plan
    Medical Requirements
    Communication of Hazard

At the end of this class each student will be able to:

    Identify the tasks performed by their employees covered by the standard
    Select which exposure control plans are needed for each identified task
    Select the appropriate respirator (if needed) for each identified task
    Draft a written exposure control plan
    List the medical surveillance requirements
    Draft methods of communicating the hazards of silica to their employees
    List the recordkeeping requirements

Classes will be held on:

March 21
April 11
May 2
June 21
July 11


Monday, February 20, 2017

Fall Protection for Walking/Working Surfaces

There’s a new OSHA general industry standard for walking/working surfaces and fall protection. These new rules will cover all permanent places of employment, i.e., contractor shops, garage areas and general facility operations. New fall protection options are now available for employees who perform infrequent and temporary work on low-slope roofs and expect the phase-out of cages and wells for fall protection on fixed ladders over 24 feet.

Most of the rule will become effective 60 days (January 2017) after publication in the Federal Register, but some provisions have delayed effective dates, including:

  • Ensuring exposed workers are trained on fall hazards (6 months),
  • Ensuring workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained (6 months),
  • Inspecting and certifying permanent anchorages for rope descent systems (1 year),
  • Installing personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections, including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures (2 years),
  • Ensuring existing fixed ladders over 24 feet, including those on outdoor advertising structures, are equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system (2 years), and
  • Replacing cages and wells (used as fall protection) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet (20 years).

Come learn how these rules affect your business; get up to date and don’t fall behind in compliance.

Students will receive a picture ID card and a copy of the new standard.

Member Price:
Open Class:   $175 per person
Private Class: $150 per person for 10 or more

Non-member Price:
Open Class:   $275 per person
Private Class: $235 per person for 10 or more

Next class is February 28, more dates:
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19

Visit to register for an open enrollment class online or to schedule a private class please contact Callie Cordoba, Operations Manager at 708-449-8600x214.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sponsorships are still available for the 2017 Construction Safety Conference

Join this unique opportunity to sponsor the Construction Safety Conference!

Download the Sponsor Form. 

Breakfast Sponsor Monday (4 available) - $250           
Breakfast Sponsor Tuesday (4 available) - $250               
Session Sponsor Monday (5 available, 1 sponsor per room) - $250               
Session Sponsor Tuesday (5 available, 1 sponsor per room) - $250    
You can sign up by emailing me directly at or mail/fax  form to:
Construction Safety Council, 4415 W. Harrison St., Suite 404, Hillside, IL 60162 ** Fax 708-449-8604

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