What does safety training look like?

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Workers conduct rescue training on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. (Photos by Jocko Vermillion, Vice President at SCT.)

What does safety training look like?

At SCT, training typically involves both classroom and hands-on practical application. By combining learning styles, our experts are able to drive home the information, ideas, and methods students need to learn. And our classroom learning doesn’t mean you’re trapped behind a desk. SCT’s trainers use multiple in-class tools, including interactive quizzes, role-playing scenarios, and small group work to fortify the information being taught. Our trainers are also authorized to teach OSHA numbered courses.

Recently, Vice President Jocko Vermillion was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, doing some consulting for a client. While on site, he observed supervisors conducting confined space and rescue training and offered his expert comments and recommendations. SCT trains not only the employees, but supervisors as well. It is exciting when clients want us to train supervisors. It demonstrates that the employer is aware of the need for safety.

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In these photos from VP Jocko Vermillion, employees are being trained on safe rescue practices.

Now is the time to act for safety training. Ensure your company’s 2016 starts off on the right foot. Call SCT today to discuss how our experts can train your employees this December, 440-449-6000 or 800-204-1729.

OSHA penalty adjustment could mean big increases

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SCT Vice President Rob Medlock conducts a safety audit for a client. Safety audits and mock OSHA inspections, both services offered by SCT’s experts, give employers the experience of what is involved in an actual OSHA inspection.

Cleveland, Ohio — In 2015 OSHA’s penalties were at an all time high. It’s a trend that will continue as penalties are expected to significantly increase under the bipartisan budget passed by Congress and signed by the president on Nov. 2, 2015.

For the past 25 years, OSHA has operated with a penalty system based on the October 1990 Consumer Price Index (CPI). The new budget allows for a penalty “catch up adjustment” that will take effect August 2016. The new penalty structure will be based off the October 2015 CPI.

October 2015’s CPI will not be announced until Nov. 17, 2015, but it is expected to increase OSHA penalty rates anywhere from 70 to 80 percent.

This adjustment will be significant, and employers need to be cognizant of what it will cost them in the future if they are found to be in violation of OSHA standards.

At the high end of the penalty scale, repeat and willful violations, which currently have a maximum $70,000 fine, are estimated to increase to more than $125,000, according to reporting from The Wall Street Journal. Serious and other than serious violations are estimated to jump from $7,000 to $12,500.

Employers should review how they approach OSHA inspections. Here are three vital steps employers need to take:

  1. Have a written safety program in place.
  2. Make sure said program is implemented to eliminate hazards within your facility. This means all supervisors and employees have completed training for the program and all equipment in use.
  3. Retain a third-party safety partner to inspect your facility and represent you during OSHA inspections.

SCT can help employers navigate this rough transition. Call SCT at 800-204-1729 to schedule an appointment with Vice President Rob Medlock. Prior to joining SCT, Mr. Medlock spent 20 years serving as the Area Director for OSHA’s Cleveland office. He knows OSHA compliance inside and out, and can help employers successfully handle OSHA inspections.

Stay updated on this “catch up adjustment” change by visiting our blog at www.sct.us.com/news-updates.

Ohio voters defeat Issue 3, pass Issue 2

Ohio Issue 2 passed and Issue 3 failed to pass. What does this mean for my Drug Free Workplace Program?

As you know, Ohioans voted yes on Issue 2 and no on Issue 3. Issue 2 prohibits special interest groups (such as Responsible Ohio) from amending the constitution to create monopolies or oligopolies. Issue 3 proposed a monopoly for commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. As your local Occupational Health and Safety provider, SCT wants to help you understand what this means for your workplace.

Issue 2 contains ballot language that nullifies any initiative regarding a Schedule 1 substance (such as marijuana). Due to Issue 2 passing and Issue 3 failing to pass, marijuana remains illegal for both medicinal and recreational use in the State of Ohio.

The Path Forward

Essentially, the status quo in Ohio remains unchanged. SCT stands by the belief that maintaining a healthy, drug-free workplace can minimize the potential for workplace injuries, insurance claims, and lawsuits. If your company currently conducts reasonable suspicion and random drug testing, you should continue with your current program.

A drug free work place is paramount to fostering a safe and healthy workforce. Call SCT today for more information and to develop a customized drug free workplace plan.

Sincerely,

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Gail E. Grueser, President of SCT
6993 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
440-449-6000
GGrueser@sct.us.com
www.sct.us.com

Had your flu shot yet?

CLEVELAND, OHIO — It’s late October, and that means we’re weeks past the start date for flu season. Have you had your flu shot yet?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says flu activity is currently low, but it is still early in what is typically classified as “flu season” (October – May).

“It takes two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in as the body is developing an immune response,” according to the CDC’s website. “Yearly vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against flu and it is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated each year.”

SCT offers flu shots for $25. No insurance is needed, and walk-ins are welcome at our Middleburg Heights location, 6993 Pearl Road. We are open for flu shots from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Have additional questions? Call us at 440-449-6000 or 800-204-1729.

Industrial Hygienist Position Available Immediately

Update: This position has been filled.

Position: Industrial Hygienist

Reports To: General Manager

Type: Full-Time Temporary

Location: Hannibal, Missouri

Salary Range: $35,000 – $65,000 + Benefits

Contact: Mary Kivett, HR Manager, kivett6993@gmail.com

This position is available immediately with a start date October 19, 2015. This is a Full-Time Temporary position that has the ability to turn into a Full-Time Permanent position.

This position is nonexempt and covered under the company’s collective bargaining agreement. Interested candidates should e-mail a letter of interest and resume along with three references to Mary Kivett HR Manager. For additional information about SCT, candidates are directed to visit www.sct.us.com.

Position Description:

Responsible for supporting a comprehensive Industrial Hygiene program, which includes, but is not limited to: identifying health hazards and designing control measures for these hazards; conducting industrial hygiene related training; interfacing with a variety of clients as a consultant. This position reports directly to the General Manager. Routinely supports company’s expert witnesses.

The candidate selected will be dedicated to the company’s Hannibal Missouri location. Primary tasks will include daily inspection of containments and engineering control efficiency, wipe sampling for lead and other heavy metals, Air sampling for noise and heavy metals, completing inspection and quality assurance reports and some training.

Position Requirements:

Position requires a BS in Industrial Hygiene or related field, certified eligible by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Experience establishing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive Industrial Hygiene program preferred.

Must have expertise in Exposure Assessment, Asbestos Management, Hazard Communication, Hearing Conservation, Ergonomics, Industrial Ventilation, and Job Hazard Assessments to effectively identify health hazards, design control measures for hazards, and perform related training as needed.

Areas of expertise should include: indoor air pollution/building illness investigations; environmental mold evaluations; workplace chemical and dust exposure assessments; dose reconstruction associated with past exposures to various chemicals and mineral dusts such as asbestos; health, safety and environmental audits; hazardous waste health and safety support; and regulatory analysis and compliance plans.

Position also requires strong verbal and written communication skills and thorough understanding of OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910 and 1926) and guidelines established by AIHA, ACGIH. And NIOSH.

The ideal candidate must have strong communication skills to conduct training and work with site personnel at all levels, including maintaining a close interface with the site Occupational Health Unit to handle health hazards.

The position requires U.S. Citizenship and the ability to pass/maintain a security clearance.

Lastly, the position requires moderate travel.

NATE Regional Meeting with Mr. Jocko Vermillion

What a fantastic day for ‪‎SCT‬’s VP of Construction Mr. Jocko Vermillion! Jocko spoke to a full crowd of engaged safety constituents at the NATE Regional Meeting in Kankakee, Illinois on the Do’s and Don’ts for When OSHA visits your job site, along with other related topics.
Congratulations Mr. Vermillion, we are always so proud of the amazing work you do. Also, a big Thank You to NATE – National Association of Tower Erectors for always welcoming SCT & it’s employees to your amazing events and allowing us the opportunity to be apart of such a caring community of professionals.
Congratulations also goes out to the very dedicated Mr. Steve Wilder, President of CITCA – The Communication Industry Training & Certification Academywho was todays MC as well as a guest speaker. Great job & a round of applause from all of us here at the SCT Ohio branch!

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Playing games with OSHA

This month OSHA launched its Hazard Identification Training Tool, which it describes as “an interactive, online game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification.”
The game is aimed at helping small businesses and their employees learn about identifying hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries, and how to control and abate such hazards. According to an OSHA news release on the interactive tool, “users can play from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee as they learn to identify realistic, common hazards and address them with practical and effective solutions.”
To see the video trailer for the new game go to:

 

https://www.msdsonline.com/blog/compliance-education/2014/06/26/osha-playing-games-with-safety

 

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