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

CAPACCIO assists Harvard University with EH&S training program Reply

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CAPACCIO assists several colleges, universities, and schools with a variety of environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and engineering services. Recently, we assisted Harvard University (Harvard) with developing a series of training modules for their employees across campus.

Harvard was planning to launch a new EH&S training program that included creating a variety of job safety trainings via web-based modules. Although Harvard already had existing EH&S training modules, they wanted to revise and update them so they could be more effective and applicable to personnel.

CAPACCIO was chosen to revise and update a series of modules for a variety of job positions on the campus. The revisions included focusing on the tasks involved with each position from an EH&S perspective. This helped engage personnel on the EH&S requirements that affected them, shortened the training time, and placed the focus on what was most important to keep personnel safe.

To begin the project, CAPACCIO participated in a project kickoff meeting with Harvard’s EH&S staff to discuss the scope and objectives, review the existing materials and the initial desired changes. The first program CAPACCIO developed was geared toward new employees, who were all required to have safety training. CAPACCIO also created a series of modules to use as a guideline and proceeded to assist Harvard with modifying the rest so they all had the same look and feel.

To accompany each slide/module, CAPACCIO wrote the narrative script and provided the recorded narration. CAPACCIO created an audition tape consisting of three Capaccio employee voice-over choices (male and female) for Harvard to choose from to be the “Voice of Harvard.”

To ensure the employees were properly trained and understood the material, CAPACCIO also created a quiz for each module with a series of multiple-choice questions. Harvard was able to incorporate the quizzes into their online training system so they could track quizzes taken and determine successful completion based on quiz scores.

CAPACCIO’s vast experience with developing and implementing EH&S programs for our clients along with the related program documentation and training materials was a plus. Our staff of professional EH&S engineers, scientists, certified safety professionals, and certified industrial hygienists were all able to provide the necessary technical information to ensure the training programs were accurate and comprehensive.

To learn more about the vast array of services CAPACCIO can provide for colleges and universities, please see our service sheet,

For more information on this project or if you are interested in speaking to us about your training program, please contact Bill Potochniak at 508-970-0033 ext. 134 or