The OSHA Awareness class consists of two videos dealing with six key topics important to the safety of workers.  These are:

·      Walking & Working Surfaces and Exit Routes

·      Electrical & Fire Protection

·      Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

·      Hazard Communications and Emergency Plans

·      Materials Handling, and

·      Machine Guarding

The video begins with in introduction to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and its purpose to protect American workers. Under the OSH Act, employees have rights and employers have responsibilities to provide a safe working environment.

The videos break down the different categories so employees know what the hazards may be and things they can watch out for.   It also provides recommended solutions to guard against some of the more common hazards.  Exit routes, for example, must not be obstructed or locked and should be properly marked.

The videos cover key workplace hazards and provides employees with things they can watch out for to protect themselves from being accident victims.

The class deals with a Risk Management program and the steps for implementation.

Risk Management is a way of reducing or eliminating accidents and incidents in the workplace.  Accidents or incidents can have three possible outcomes.  They can cause harm or injury, business disruption, or damage to equipment or the environment.  Risk Management is s systematic way of eliminating or mitigating accidents and incidents by: 1. Determining all possible outcomes, 2. Measuring the impact to the company for each accident or incident, and 3. Developing control measures to eliminate or mitigate the risk.

To measure risk, use probability and severity.  Probability is the likelihood of an accident occurring.  Severity is the potential damage to the company.  Probability and Severity can each be divided into six possible categories to measure the relative risk to the company.

Control measures are then developed to eliminate or mitigate the risk.  Control measures must meet three criteria.  They must be positive, identifiable, and measurable.

The class runs through three examples of accidents to demonstrate the Risk Management program and its implementation.  It scores each accident and develops control measures to reduce the impact to the company by reducing the likelihood of the accident occurring.

The class covers fire safety in the workplace including; fire basics, how to respond to a fire, general fire precautions, and employer and employee responsibilities for fire safety.

Fire needs three things; air, fuel, and heat.  There are four types of fuel and four types of fire extinguishers to fight each type of fire (. 

Your action in responding to a fire depends on its size.  For small fires, remember the acronym RACE – Rescue, Alarm, Contain, and Extinguish.  Also, only fight the fire if it’s safe to do so and you have been trained and you have an exit at your back for escape.  For big fires sound an alarm, close all doors and evacuate the area.

Shop safety is critical to preventing fires.  We also provide a checklist for fire safety.

Employers and employees have responsibilities for fire safety.  Employers must 1. have a fire prevention plan, 2 maintain escape routes, 3. carry out regular risk assessments, 4. have an evacuation plan, 5. remove hazards, 6. maintain signage, and 7. have an alarm system.  Employees must 1. know where the fire exits are, 2. know where the fire fighting equipment is, 3. know where the fire alarms are.

Protecting Temporary Workers’ safety is a critical aspect of complying with OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative.  For a staffing company, this includes the following:

-       Ensuring that workers know what their rights are and are free to exercise them, and

-       Ensuring that Host Employers

o   Take proper precautions to be OSHA compliant,

o   Train the employees as required,

o   Provide the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),

o   Follow the proper steps for OSHA record keeping and Hazard Communication, and

o   Ensure that safety measures are taken related to bloodborne pathogens.

There are critical things that Temporary Workers need to know to ensure their safety.  Depending on the job, these may include knowledge of PPE, the OSHA record keeping system involving injuries & illnesses suffered on the job, the chemicals found at the job site, how to operate powered industrial vehicles such as forklifts, and the potential risks and protective measures related to bloodborne pathogens.

The MB training program covers the information Temporary Workers need to know on the job to work safely.  The class also covers the responsibilities of the Host Employer and what the Temporary Workers can do when confronted with an injury or unhealthy situation.

This class deals with the hazards associated with the Construction industry.  It provides important information for workers on things to watch out for when they are on the job.  It deals with the following subjects:

- Falls (from heights)

- Trench collapse

- Scaffold collapse

- Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast

- Failure to use PPE

- Repetitive motion injuries

The course provides critical information that construction workers need to know to prevent them from becoming a safety statistic.