May’s Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held May 6, 2015, from 8-10 am, at the New England Institute of Technology, located at 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI, 2nd floor Hall of Fame Room. E.W. Audet is sponsoring a Continental breakfast which will be served at 7:30am.

TOPIC – NFPA 70E – see overview at this link: NFPA 70E

Region 1 OSHA Training Institute Education Center Region 1, New England, Keene State College is providing this month’s speaker to discuss the NFPA 70E standard.

Doug MacDonald retired from Northeast Utilities after 40 years of service.  For the past 15 years has served as a Safety Manager and is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor in Construction for Region 1 OSHA Training Institute Education Instructor with Keene State College’s OSHA Education Center. He is also the President of the National Safety Council of Northern New England.

NFPA 70E Update and Correlating OSHA Standards Overview:

This 90 minute presentation will focus on the scope of standards, how OSHA uses recognized standards as a basis for general duty clause citation in construction,  the key elements that managers should be aware of, and overview of work practices, best management practices and regulatory responsibilities related to the protection of workers from exposure to workplace electrical hazards.

Refer to Region 1 OTI for training resources.

Below are some current OSHA interpretation concerning this subject:


OSHA Summer Summit

From: OSHA Training Institute Education Center/Region 1

OSHA 2015 Summit

Save the date for the 2015 OSHA Summer Summit!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Location: UMASS Amherst Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003

Below are the topics available at the 2015 OSHA Summer Summit:

Basic Electrical Safety | Construction in General Industry | Cranes | Ergonomics | Floor Finishing/Slips Trips & Falls |  Isocyanates | Lead in Construction | Machine Guarding | Noise Assessment & Controls | OSHA Case Studies | OSHA Region 1 Emphasis Programs | PITs & The Hoisting Regs | Recordkeeping Rules & Updates | Safety & Health for Healthcare Workers | Safety by Design | Workplace Violence | Wrap-up Insurance & Safety Plans

Register now and join us for the second annual Summit.

For more information:

Interested in Sponsoring the Summer Summit? Click here for a Sponsor Form

The Staff

OSHA Training Institute Education Center/Region 1


March Meeting Update

The March meeting was held 3/4/2015. The focus was on diisocyanate exposure in construction. This chemical hazard is found in many spray foams in use today. Guest speakers were Adam Wisnewski, PhD,  a senior research scientist from the Yale University Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program and Tyler Fiske from Anchor Insulation. SAFER would like to thank both speakers for sharing the expertise on the subject. Thank you also to Dennis Mullen, Gilbane Safety, for sponsoring the breakfast.

The meeting kicked off with safety updates from Bob Kunz, Dimeo Safety Director, and OSHA related updates from Ed Conway, OSHA Compliance Assistance.  Then, Adam Wisnewski, PhD, discussed his research associated with diisocyanate exposure, including spray foam insulation. After that Tyler Fiske discussed best management practices associated with application of spray foam insulation.

It was clear that both guest speakers knew a lot about diisocyanate exposure. Attendees asked a lot of questions and everyone took something away from the meeting.

After meeting remarks and link updates from Bob Kunz:

“Team SAFER,

I hope everyone enjoyed the very informative meeting this morning.  I would like to again thank Adam and Tyler for their participation.  Great job! 

NOTE:  Do not forget to utilize  the hyperlinks provided in the meetings announcement (below the line) for additional information on this subject.  I would also like to provide the following links in support of the topic and the OSHA’s  memorandum dated December 24, 2015: 

– OSHA memorandum:

– Commonwealth of MA Spray Foam Workshop:


Links from the original meeting announcement:

To include discussion surrounding exposure assessment and control in presence of spray foam in construction.  Resources – see following hyperlinks:  The Spray Polyurethane Foam Association (SPFA), the Center to Protect Worker’s Rights (CPWR), OSHA Safety and Health Topic (SLTC) and Compliance Directive (CPL 03-00-017), and Electric Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health (ELCOSH), for example.


The SAFER alliance meets at New England Institute of Technology, which is located at 2500 Post Road in Warwick, RI.  If you park in the rear of building you would enter through double doors and proceed to the Hall of Fame room located on 2nd floor.


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February’s Meeting

The next meeting is February 4, 2015 from 8-10am with a Continental breakfast at 7:30am sponsored by Dimeo Construction Co. The meeting will take place at New England Institute of Technology, 400 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

The recent snow storms have certainly put a damper on all of us. February’s topic was originally scheduled to be on Isocyanates and the hazards involved with its use. Due to backlogs created by the snow storms we need to post-pone the original topic and instead have a discussion on:

Main topic: Safety Leadership Development:  Communication

Whether you are a site safety representative or safety manager, the use of appropriate and effective communication will always be the cornerstone of your success.  During this session, Casey Banks (SAFER member) of Travelers Insurance Co., will engage the group and provide insightful information to illustrate how:

  • Awareness is positively impacted through…
  • Worker engagement is sustained through…Effective communication. We will also examine how an effective communicator can utilize different styles of communication to maximize his/her messaging, for example.

Second topic: Review of RI Workers Compensation “coming and going” case and OSHA Recordkeeping. 

We will discuss RI Workers Compensation “coming and going” case and OSHA Recordkeeping interpretations involving commuting to and from work.  If you have other recordkeeping questions, please bring them up during the discussion.

Sponsor: Dimeo Construction Co.

January Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held January 7, 2015 from 8-10am with a Continental breakfast at 7:30am sponsored by Ocean State Risk Management.

The topic will be “Get the Lead Out“. The meeting will include discussion on OSHA Lead in the Construction standard, exposure assessment and control in presence of lead based paint, and plumbing connections (i.e. lead and oakum), for example.

It will be held at the New England Institute for Technology, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

December’s Meeting Update

SAFER’s December meeting was held Wednesday, December 3, 2014 7:30 – 10:00 am at the New England Institute of Technology, located at 2500 Post Road in Warwick, RI. The topic was Hearing Protection: “Say What” and the meeting was sponsored by Atmed Occupational Medicine.

Thank you to Jane Viscolosi, from New England Laborer’s Health & Safety Fund, for presenting the informative session on hearing conservation and for providing the extremely helpful handouts.

The following links are provided by Bob Kunz as a follow up to the meeting:

ISHN web resource:

Ring tones:

Misc. Information including exposure related to iPhone ear buds: