Meeting Related

March Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held March 7, 2018 from 8:00-10:00 am at the New England Institute of Technology, 2nd Floor, Hall of Fame Room, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI. The NELHSF is sponsoring the calories and coffee.

From Bob Kunz:


We hope that you had an incident free February!  Keep your eye on the weather towards the end of the week – check out for weather forecast information. even has a smartphone app, which is great for both, personal and professional activity (e.g. wind gusts, wave heights).

We have an exciting program. The program will be presented by Dr. Noell Woolley, of the New England Laborers Health and Safety Fund (NELHSF). Here is the agenda:

8:00 am – 8:15 am Introduction

8:15 am – 8:20 am Jane’s words of wellness wisdom

8:20 am – 8:30 am RIDOH Mental Health Wellness Toolkit distribution

8:30 am – 10:00 am Marijuana in the Workplace.

Please RSVP by accepting the meeting email or emailing with SAFER in subject line.

February’s Meeting at NEIT – Feb 7, 2018

This Wednesday, Feb 7th,  we will be tackling a difficult subject.  A subject that requires all of our attention and understanding.  Together, we can make a difference.  On Wednesday, Mr. Travis Vendetti from the RI Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Program along with 2 clinical social workers will be providing QPR training.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

Each of you will be provided with takeaway materials and kit to take with and use at their company, etc.

The sooner we get the word out the better.

The meeting will be held from 8-10 am in the Hall of Fame Room at the New England Institute for Technology, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself.

January Meeting Announcement

The January 2018 SAFER meeting will be held on 1/3/2018 from 8am-10am in Dimeo’s meeting room located at 780 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI 02905.

The meeting will include the following:

8:00 am Introduction – Bob Kunz

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introduction
  • Guest
  • New Members
  • What’s new
  • Building SAFER in RI website update

8:15 am  “Jane’s Wellness Tips”

8:30 am Silica – Lisa Sullivan OSHA Region 1 Coordinator

10:00 am End

Note: Space is limited to 40 persons. Please RSVP to Bob Kunz.

December’s Meeting Announcement

The next SAFER meeting is December 6, 2017 8:00 – 10:00 AM. The main topic is “Meet and Greet with OSHA Providence Area Office and Region 1 Administrator Galen Blanton”.

NOTE: Venue change for this month: The location for this meeting is Dimeo Construction Company Training Facility 780 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI 02905.

The December meeting will include the following:

8:00 am

Bob Kunz
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction – Bob Sestito, Assistant Area Director Providence Office
Guest introductions
New members
What’s new
Building SAFER in RI website update

8:15 am

“Jane’s Wellness Tips”

8:30 am

Silica There has to be something that you want to talk about – right”?

Blue Sky roundtable
Lesson learned
Looking for an answer – now is time to ask…
Anything else you care to share

9:00 am

Galen Blanton, Region 1 Administrator

10:00 am


November’s Meeting

The meeting will be held at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI 2nd Floor Hall of Fame Room from 8AM-10AM. Continental breakfast served at 7:30 AM. Hope to see you there.

From Bob Kunz:


We hope that you weathered  the high winds without incident last night – I had to dodge a few branches and trash cans on the way to the office.

We have a great line-up for the November meeting, as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Jane’s Wellness tip for the month
  3. OSHA Silica Standard 29 CFR 1926.1153 Update
    1. On Oct 19, 2017 OSHA issued interim compliance directive – see link:
    2. OSHA ID142 – Know what to expect – see link:
    3. Objective data (OD) – many power tool manufacturers are providing OD – but does it meet the standard? And, how do you apply it?
    4. Sweeping compound
  4. Brain Injury Association of RI
  5. Lesson Learned
    1. Cranes and the FAA