December’s Meeting Announcement

December’s meeting will be held Dec 2, 2015, 8-10 am, at the East Greenwich Campus of New England Institute of Technology, at 1 New England Tech Blvd, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

The topic will be “Distracted Driving”. Gerry Sousa, the Executive Director of the National Safety Council of Western New England will lead a discussion on distracted driving.  OSHA provides a web page dedicated to this subject – see link: https://www.osha.gov/distracted-driving/ .  The  National Safety Council indicates that 1 of 4 vehicle crashes involved a cell phone – see link to resource page: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx?var=mnd .

The sponsor is Bob Renzi of North American Crane and Rigging.

Please RSVP to Bob Kunz bkunz@dimeo.com.  Use SAFER in subject line.

November Meeting Announcement

From Bob Kunz:

Team SAFER,

We hope that you can make it to this month’s meeting! Both, Pat Griffin, the Director of the OSHA Providence Area Office, and Kim Stille, the Administrator of OSHA Region I will be with us. Please extend an invitation to a colleague. All RSVPs to bkunz@dimeo.com.

The meeting will take place from 8 AM-10 AM at the New England Institute for Technology, Post Road, Warwick, RI.

TOPIC: OSHA Meet and Greet | Update | SAFER Alliance Renewal

Kim Stille, the Administrator of OSHA Region I, will provide an overview of her vision for the region, as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

Pat Griffin, the Director of the OSHA Providence Area Office, will, along with the SAFER Steering Committee, sign the SAFER Alliance Agreement (a 2-yr renewal) then speak about local activity, including initiatives.

There will be an opportunity to meet both, Kim Stille and Pat Griffin within the meeting schedule.

SPONSOR: Cardi Corporation (Cardi) is sponsoring a continental breakfast starting at 7:30 AM.

Drive Safely Work Week

From the trafficsafety.org website:

This year marks the 19th year of the DSWW campaign sponsored annually by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS.)
We’re glad you’re here! Planning is critical to safe driving from many different perspectives. Whether thinking through the route you’ll take, arranging for a designated driver, prioritizing time to practice with a teen driver or helping a family member prepare for driving retirement, planning ahead is a key element of safe driving. These considerations and more are covered in this year’s campaign materials and we’re confident you’ll find them to be informative, practical and useful.

The 2015 DSWW campaign’s daily areas of emphasis will help to:

Remember to take time to plan the journey—even those trips that feel routine;
Prepare for driving situations that take you into unfamiliar areas;
Take precautions to ensure you’re driving with a clear head;
Learn to navigate the changes we all experience as we age and how they may affect driving; and
Think through ways to plan ahead for driving situations that involve family members.
Your participation in this campaign can make a big difference. In the U.S. alone, employers have the opportunity to directly reach more than half of the driving population—even more when information is extended to employee family and community members.

Thank you for downloading the 2015 DSWW campaign. Through our collective efforts, we can reduce the number of traffic crashes that impact our workforce, members of our families and the communities in which we work and live.

Wishing you safe travels,

Joe McKillips, CSP

Director, Global Commercial Environment, Health & Safety — Abbott
Chairperson, NETS

October’s Meeting Announcement

The next SAFER meeting will be held October 7th from 8-10 AM. The main topic will be – Emergency Prevention and Planning.

This month our speaker will provide insightful information concerning 29 CFR 1926.24 Fire Protection and Prevention, 29 CFR 1926.34 Means of Egress, and 29 CFR 1926.35 Employee Emergency Action Plans in the context of temporary work locations (i.e. construction sites).

The following OSHA Publication – Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness and OSHA Publication – How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations
provide an overview of expectations and useful information.

Does your firm have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)? If not, perhaps you will find the CDC Emergency Action Plan Template to be a useful starting point.

The Hart Companies (HART) is sponsoring the meeting.

OSHA Updates Training Guide

From OSHA’s QuickTakes: Updated comprehensive guide to OSHA training requirements now available

OSHA has posted a fully updated version of its guide to all agency training requirements to help employers, safety and health professionals, training directors and others comply with the law and keep workers safe. Training Requirements in OSHA Standards* organizes the training requirements into five categories: General Industry, Maritime, Construction, Agriculture and Federal Employee Programs.

The safety and health training requirements in OSHA standards have prevented countless workplace tragedies by ensuring that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work. These requirements reflect OSHA’s belief that training is an essential part of every employer’s safety and health program for protecting workers from injuries and illnesses. For a list of educational materials available from OSHA, please visit the Publications webpage. Link to guide OSHA Training Guide

First Meeting of the 2015-2016 Season

From Bob Kunz: Team SAFER,

Where did the summer go!

Next Wednesday, September 2, 2015, is the start of the 2015-16 SAFER meeting calendar.

In consideration of the continued interest, we will begin the new calendar where we left off with further discussion on the new OSHA Confined Space in Construction standard. The discussion will be orientated towards the written program (thanks to Rick Devine for saving me on this) and rescue coordination/preparation. To close the meeting, we will explore crane operation using the attached Link-Belt RTC 8050 Series II information (please print a copy for class). The exploration will place you within a group setting to assess six (6) operational scenarios.

Dimeo Construction will sponsor the meeting.

Please RSVP to bkunz@dimeo.com, or Ed Conway at Conway.Edward@dol.gov .

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

Link Belt RTC 8050 Series II Specificatons and Annual Inspection Report

OSHA Issues 60-Day Postponement of Full Enforcement to Construction Confined Space Standard

The enforcement date for the standard has been extended from August 3, 2015 to October 2, 2015. The postponement give employers “making good faith efforts to comply with the new standard” some additional time before a citation is issued. Please note the effective date remains the same. See the attached letter from OSHA.Temporary Enforcement Policy for Construction Work in Confined Spaces

Guardian Issues Inspection Notice for SRL

Guardian Fall Protection has discovered a small number of isolated housing screws backing out of Edge SRLs. The units affected by this notice are limited to 20’ or 30’ Edge Series Cable SRLs with a “G” engraving on the top of the unit housing. We have tested a representative sample of units with the housing screws removed, and all units exceeded all OSHA and ANSI requirements. Click this link for the full notice Guardian Edge – Inspection_Notice___Edge_Series_Cable_SRLs

June’s Meeting Announcement

The next meeting is June 3, 2015 from 8-10 am. The main topic will be Confined Space in Construction.

On 5/4/15 The final rule for Confined pace in Construction was published in the Federal Register and becomes final effective 8/3/15. The rule making began its journey in 2007 when the proposed rule was issued. Confined space activity has been covered under 29 CFR 1926.21 (b)(i)-(ii).  Many employers utilized 1910.146 as guidance. The new standard will be codified as 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA, or 1926.1200-1226.  The final rule also impacts Subpart C and Subpart V. Sponsor for the meeting is the OSHA Providence Area Office. We hope to see you Wednesday morning.  The new constriction confined space standard is set to become effective on 8/3/15 – are you prepared?  Please RSVP at bkunz@dimeo.com.