Working in the Heat

 
Summer is here and the construction season is in full swing. With it come a variety of risks that may be unique to this time of the year. Below are some common heat related risks and tips.

Heat related illness comes in different forms; Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion.

Heat Stroke may be life-threatening with symptoms that include confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Heat Exhaustion results from heavy sweating and loss of water and electrolytes. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, thirst and weakness. With both conditions, it is important to get the worker into a cool shaded area, cool the body with ice packs and seek medical attention.

There are many hazards to be on the lookout for while on the jobsite. These include:
 
  •         High Humidity
  •         Prolonged Exposure to the Sun and other heat
  •         Demanding workloads
  •         PPE or other specialized equipment
  •         Extremely High Temps
The key to minimizing exposure is to provide water, rest and shade. It is recommended that you drink one quart of water per hour in extreme conditions. Providing fully shaded rest areas is important in your overall safety plan.
OSHA recommends gradually increasing exposure and workloads to allow the body to acclimate during hot weather. Their recommendations include:
  • Employee's returning after an absence or a new hire - Take no more than 20% of the workload the first day and increasing by 20% each day.
  • Experienced workers should take on no more than 50% of the workload during the first day of a heat wave.
OSHA recommends having a hot weather plan in place. This should include:
  • Training - Develop a solid plan to help workers understand the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses.
  • Monitoring - A buddy system should be in place to help workers keep an eye on each other.
  • Emergency Plan - A written plan should exist that outlines the procedure when heat related illness is imminent that includes how and when to call for emergency medical help.
OSHA has released a new Heat Safety App, click here to get you smartphone App. 

With a heat illness prevention program in place, you can expect employees to continue to be productive and energized throughout the summer. Capital Safety Services can help you in all aspects of the developing a sound program to protect your workers.

 

Industrial Hygiene Monitoring

Capital Safety Services recently conducted industrial hygiene monitoring during the Capital Safety Services provides air samplingmonth of April for various clients in Upstate New York. The purpose of the assessment was to quantify either lead, respirable silica dust, and/or total dust concentrations for employees working in an area with suspected air contaminants.

Capital Safety Services worked with clients to identify different job tasks that required sampling and then created a custom plan. Our professional staff worked seamlessly with clients in areas of construction, maritime and general industry to help them understand sampling techniques, sampling equipment and sampling targets.

Following the laboratory results, Capital Safety Services will provide professional recommendations to their clients, including:

  • Engineering controls such as ventilation, or wet methods;

  • Administrative controls such as policies/procedures and   work shift controls, and;
  • Personal Protective Equipment, such as respiratory protection, which includes the recommended protection factor and respirator types required.

 Learn more about how Capital Safety Services can assist you in quantifying and controlling the air contaminants in your workplace at www.capitalsafetyservices.com. 

 

OSHA 30 hour Outreach Training - Last Chance before Construction Season!

Capital Safety Services announces an OSHA 30 Hour Outreach training classes taught by our Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer(s). This four day course begins begins at 7:00 a.m. on March 27, just one week away! Click http://bit.ly/March30hour to register before the class is closed.

Courses cover the OSHA Outreach Training curriculum. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a temporary certificate (valid for 60 days) and will receive an OSHA Outreach Training card by mail 30-60 days after completing the course. Training cards have no expiration date, but some companies or general contractors require employees to renew their OSHA 10/OSHA 30 certifications every 3-5 years.

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), Department of Public Works requires all employees working on publicly funded jobs over $250,000.00 to have at least OSHA 10 hour training. OSHA does not require employees/employers to have OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 certifications on private jobs and public jobs <$250,000, but having a trained workforce can provide an invaluable asset to your company (i.e. bidding for jobs, reducing injuries, and lowering insurance premiums).

Jill Gassman-Zullo Speaks at Health & Safety Council of the Hudson Valley Event

 


Jill Gassman-Zullo, Director of Training and Technical Operations, was invited to speak to a group of Safety, HR and Operations professionals at a Health & Safety Council of the Hudson Valley event. Her discussion focused on the new OSHA Rule concerning the walking-working surfaces standard and the new personal fall protection systems standard for general industry. This informative and well-attended event was held at the Arconic (formerly Alcoa) facility in Kingston, NY.

Employees in Construction Industry May Not Feel Safe at Work

A new report from NIOSH indicates that less than 50% of the 9 million construction workers in the industry rated their workplace as safe. This is the lowest percentage of workers in the “major” industries that consider their workplace safe.

Overall, injury rates are declining, but that doesn’t change the perception of most employees. While you might have implemented some new safety changes in your workplace, the message may not be translating to the workforce.

Capital Safety Services can help you review your workplace as well as deliver a positive safety message to help you create a culture of safety. Our Safety Consulting Services and Safety Training programs will help you transform your company into one with a positive outlook on safety. Don’t become a statistic, call Capital Safety Services at 518.427.8405 to discuss your safety needs.

 

 

Powered Industrial Truck Training

Capital Safety Services offers Powered Industrial Truck Training taught by an experienced and qualified safety professional. The course provides a classroom setting session on the provisions of the OSHA standard. All fork truck training classes must have an in-field assessment. It is recommended that each company designate an “experienced operator” to assist Capital Safety Services in delivering the field portions of the Powered Industrial Truck Training. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion and/or card. The certificates expire three (3) years from the completion of the course.

OSHA requires all employers to train employees that operate fork trucks as part of their job task to be trained and certified every three years (29 CFR 1910.178). Capital Safety can provide the training certification at your facility with the help of one of your experienced operators.

Call us today at (518) 246-8405 to schedule Powered Industrial Truck Training

For more information please visit
http://bit.ly/CSSForklift

Final OSHA 30 of the Year

final OSHA 30 hour training of the yearLast chance this year to satisfy your OSHA 30 Hour requirements!

Capital Safety Services announces an OSHA 30 Hour Outreach training classes taught by our Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer(s). This four day course begins at 7:00 am on Monday, October 17th and runs until October 20th. Please register for this course on our website at http://bit.ly/lastchanceOSHA30.

The course covers the OSHA Outreach Training curriculum. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a temporary certificate (valid for 60 days) and will receive an OSHA Outreach Training card by mail 30-60 days after completing the course. Training cards have no expiration date, but some companies or general contractors require employees to renew their OSHA 10/OSHA 30 certifications every 3-5 years.

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), Department of Public Works requires all employees working on publicly funded jobs over $250,000.00 to have at least OSHA 10 hour training.

For more information, call us at 518.427.8405 or click http://bit.ly/lastchanceOSHA30.

Noise Monitoring and Area Mapping Services

Noise Monitoring
 
  
 
Capital Safety recently conducted and completed a comprehensive noise survey at a major industrial food manufacturer in upstate New York. The purpose of the survey was to identify and/or distinguish the specific job categories and areas of the facility where OSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure standard (29 CFR 1910.95) is applicable (see below).
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
The OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and Action Level (AL) Table outlines the applicable OSHA regulatory limits for 8 hour work shift.
1 Based on an 8-Hour Time Weighted Average (TWA)
 
The project included the planning and coordination of representatives on-site to take personal-noise samples distributed over numerous departments and 2 shifts as well as the development of a facility-wide representative noise-area map. 
 
Learn more about how Capital Safety Services can assist you in quantifying and controlling your employees noise exposure in your workplace by visiting are other project profiles at http://www.capitalsafetyservices.com/project-profiles or calling us today at(518) 246-8405.
 

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