December 15, 2017

ME Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in April

Augusta, ME – The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers throughout April.

“Mainers and businesses want a safe work environment,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Our SafetyWorks! program helps businesses avoid injuries, protect their workers and reduce injury-related costs like workers’ comp premiums and lost productivity. I encourage you to visit safetyworksmaine.com regularly for class listings, safety tips, and helpful information and resources.”

Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees to ensure and promote safety in the workplace. The courses are held at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted.

Ladder Safety: April 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Washington County Community College, Calais
Ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. However, falls can be reduced if people use caution when climbing ladders or when working in places where falls are a potential hazard. This course will show participants how falls from ladders can be prevented through education that includes planning for their use, inspecting the ladder prior to use and using basic ladder safeguards.

10-Hour Construction Standards: April 2 and 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. on day two
This one-and-a-half day course gives basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate.

Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance: April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This half-day course provides training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jacks stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training and documentation required by various inspecting agencies. The course will provide the information needed for a safer workplace, which helps eliminate citations and can possibly lower a company’s workers’ compensation insurance. The course will have both classroom and hands-on training.

Public Sector Compliance: April 7, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Bangor
This program is for municipal, state or county employers, managers and employees, and is an overview of public sector employer responsibilities, enforcement procedures and proper actions to take when visited by the Bureau of Labor Standards.

Trenching and Excavation: April 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
You will learn the dangers to employees, soil classifications, OSHA requirements and the types of protective systems to prevent cave-ins. You will also learn what is meant by “competent person”.

OSHA Recordkeeping: April 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This class provides thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. You will learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to your organization. This class includes several hands-on activities on how to correctly fill out the required injury reporting forms. This class will include updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904) which went into effect January 1, 2015.

Hazard Communications/Global Harmonization: April 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce Street, Suite 1
Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products and communicates health and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS). Come learn what you need to do to prepare for the GHS and the impact it will have on you and your workers.

Forklift Operator Training: April 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This class is designed for new operators. The instruction will involve classroom and hands-on training. Training will include performing a forklift inspection and use of the department’s “new forklift simulator.” This training does not meet the requirements to qualify the participant to be a “qualified operator.” Only the employer can provide such certification.

Mine Safety and Health Administration – New Miner: April 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This course covers eight hours of classroom training under the part 46 training requirements per the Mine Safety and Health Administration for all new miners. This in only a portion of the New Miner Training requirements; the balance of the training must be completed by the employer.

Scaffolding and Fall Protection: April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In this class, you will learn the types of scaffolding and proper setup while learning how to protect workers from falls and when you must use fall protection. The instructor will explain the OSHA requirements for scaffolding and fall protection, including the definition of “competent person”. The eight-hour program will include a demonstration of the proper setup of scaffolding. Attendees must wear the appropriate PPE to class.

Mine Safety and Health Administration – Refresher: April 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., York County CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires all surface mining (ex: stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However, site-specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.

Ladder Safety: April 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. However, falls can be reduced if people use caution when climbing ladders or when working in places where falls are a potential hazard. This course will show participants how falls from ladders can be prevented through education that includes planning for their use, inspecting the ladder prior to use and using basic ladder safeguards.

Establishing an Effective Safety Committee: April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Bangor
One of the greatest steps to success in injury reduction and prevention is the collaborative involvement of workers, supervisors and managers in the workplace. This class will give you the skills to put a dynamic committee together or strengthen the work of existing teams. It will provide models for hazard assessment, accident review and “near-miss” reporting. It will help you analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your program and give you a game plan for greater success.

OSHA Recordkeeping: April 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Westbrook Public Safety, 570 Main Street, Westbrook
This class provides thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. You will learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to your organization. This class includes several hands-on activities on how to correctly fill out the required injury reporting forms. This class will include updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904) which went into effect January 1, 2015.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com and clicking “More Classes” from the homepage. Space is limited so reservations are required.

Source: ME DOL

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