Job Specific Training Requirements take center stage when complying with OSHA Standards Reply

As mentioned in our previous posts, public sector workplaces including state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards per House Bill 3952 by February 1, 2019.  Specifically, the law updates and clarifies employee safety requirements and will be enforced by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS).

One of the frequently asked questions centers around training requirements:

  1. What training requirements are there?

Training requirements are job specific. Safety training depends on the tasks and equipment handled by employees, such as aerial lifts, trenches, ladders, or chainsaws. For a summary, see the DLS website at www.mass.gov/dols/wshp and https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2254.pdf .

As many colleges and universities have workers whose jobs involve potential safety hazards, a complete job safety/hazard analysis or a review of specific programs along with training, has been an effective way to ensure compliance with the standards. Toward this end, CAPACCIO recently completed a successful Lock Out/Tag Out (LO/TO) program for a Massachusetts state university.

CAPACCIO assisted with the University’s LO/TO program by reviewing key processes/equipment, creating Energy Control Procedures (ECPs), and developing/implementing authorized and affected employee LO/TO training to support the LO/TO program. CAPACCIO also provided a written program along with the ECPs and training. CAPACCIO worked with staff to hone in on processes/equipment that were most critical to review and provided the most value to the University. CAPACCIO was able to set up the University so it could successfully develop its ECPs self-sufficiently. CAPACCIO also provided a level of effort that fit the University’s budget. 

This is just one of the ways CAPACCIO can help. We can conduct a H&S audit/gap analysis, review of your OSHA programs, H&S training, or, as in the case described above, update specific programs (JHA, LO/TO, PPE, HazCom) which are time consuming and which CAPACCIO can provide that extra set of hands to complete.

CAPACCIO’S Health and Safety team has worked with colleges and universities both large and small and can deliver specifically what you need quickly and cost-effectively. If you have any questions or need more information or assistance, please email Lucy Servidio or call her at 508.380.9217 or email Travis Wheeler or call him at 774.249.3246.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”.We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

OSHA Electronic Injury/Illness Reporting Next submittal deadline is approaching, July 1, 2018 Reply

OSHA’s electronic injury and illness reporting requirements went into effect last year on December 15. This year the following categories of companies must submit their OSHA Form 300A electronically by July 1, 2018:

  • Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records
  • Establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses 

For the 2018 submissions OSHA will NOT be accepting form 300 or 301 this year as they had originally communicated. They have indicated they will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the final rule including what will be required for submission.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Nick Grote, CSP, at 508.422.0905 or ngrote@capaccio.com.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

How State Colleges and Universities are getting ready to comply with OSHA Standards Reply

Effective February 1, 2019, state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards per House Bill 3952. With just seven months to go before it goes into effect (and we know how fast time goes by), have you started reviewing your programs to see where you stand? Do you have the staff needed to complete the necessary requirements to come into compliance?

With summer here and the students gone, now is a great time to start. Knowing how busy it can get once Fall and Winter hits, we have already begun helping other state colleges and universities with this process as illustrated below:

“CAPACCIO is an extension of our Facilities Department and has always been there to help us with EH&S tasks. Last year, CAPACCIO assisted with a LO/TO project that prepared us for an unexpected visit by the Department of Labor Standards. Currently, CAPACCIO is conducting an H&S audit and also completing JHAs for job processes conducted throughout WSU. This project will not only get us ready for the February 1st deadline, but it will also help us better understand the parts of the standard that apply to certain job descriptions on campus.”

 Robert Daniels, Jr., Associate Director of Facilities, Worcester State University

There are a variety of ways CAPACCIO can help. We can conduct a H&S audit/gap analysis, a review of your OSHA programs, H&S training, or simply provide an extra set of hands to update specific programs (JHA, LO/TO, PPE, HazCom) which may be a bit more time consuming.

CAPACCIO’S Health and Safety team has worked with colleges and universities both large and small and can deliver specifically what you need quickly and cost-effectively. If you have any questions or need more information or assistance, please email Lucy Servidio or call her at 508.380.9217 or email Travis Wheeler or call him at 774.249.3246.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”.We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

Did you know state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards by February 1, 2019? Reply

On March 9, 2018, House Bill 3952, An Act to Further Define Standards of Employee Safety that amends M.G.L. chapter 149 §6 ½, was enacted. The law updates and clarifies employee safety requirements in public sector workplaces among them, State Colleges and Universities. This law is being enforced by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and becomes effective February 1, 2019. You should have received a letter or email to this effect, but in the event you did not, please read the notice for more specifics.

Although this law does not replace OSHA, the new requirements will be the same as OSHA’s and it will be expected that programs and training will be updated as needed. As we are already in the month of June, that gives state colleges and universities a little more than seven months to comply. Do you know where your programs stand?

If you have any questions or need more information or assistance, please email Lucy Servidio or call her at 508.380.9217 or email Travis Wheeler or call him at 774.249.3246.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at http://www.capaccio.com.