Training Center Expansion--Focused on Training Needs
The next time you visit the TRMA Safety Center you will notice several changes. These enhancements were completed in January to better serve the needs of the manufacturers and contractors utilizing the training center. Here is a summary of the improvements:
- The total floor space at the training center was increased by 1/3
- The size of the computer room was doubled. Phase 1 increased the number of computer stations from 46 to 66 and additional space is available to add 20 more computers in the future. This change allows students to come in anytime from 6:30 am to 1:00 pm on week days to take a CBT course. This schedule might be modified during turnaround times.
Plans are underway to add general safety CBT courses to our training offerings. The first course that has been added is Bloodborne Pathogens. We encourage our members to contact TRMA if they have a particular subject matter they would like to see added to our training offerings.
TRMA can also assist Contractor companies with their onboard training of their workers.
- A 1,250 square foot area was added for hands-on training. Hands-on Fall Protection and Scaffold User training will begin February 16. More on this later.
- The training check-in area was expanded to improve traffic flow and enhance security of personal information. Three check-in stations will be available instead of two. This will expedite check-in during turnarounds and major projects. The new check-in stations will be open by March 1.
The Hands-on Fall Protection and Scaffold User training will consist of the following elements:
Falls from high elevations cause more serious injuries than any other type of industrial accident. According to OSHA, falls at construction sites and in large industrial facilities result in more fatalities than any other type of workplace accident. In 2013, 37% of all workplace fatalities were caused by falls.
About one-third of the new space is dedicated to Hands-on Fall Protection and Scaffold User training. This training is designed to teach the proper procedures for wearing fall protection and inspecting a scaffold prior to using it. The training consists of the following elements:
45 minute computer-based training CBT training module with assessments. Many students have already taken this CBT and the response has been positive.
A hands-on, instructor facilitated session that includes the student:
a. Performing an inspection of a personal fall protection system (harnesses, lanyards, connecting devices, anchorage points). The student will inspect defective equipment and be asked to identify the defect as well as identify equipment in good working condition.
b. Performing an inspection of a defective scaffold system and
one in good working condition
c. Demonstrating the proper way to don and adjust the body harness
d. Climbing, traversing and descending an 8’ scaffold wearing a properly fitted, personal fall protection system and maintaining a 100% connection
It is important to note that the minimum required Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, for the hands-on training is shoes or work boots with a defined heel, long pants, short or long sleeve shirt and gloves. In addition, the Contractor Company must have a signed Employer Training Service Agreement with TRMA. A copy of the agreement can be found at http://www.trma.org/pdf/Employer_Trainer_Service_Agreement.pdf No student will be allowed to take the Hands-on Fall Protection training unless they have the proper PPE and TRMA has a copy of the signed Training Service Agreement from his/her employer.
TREP needs YOU!
The Three Rivers Educational Partnership (TREP) is an education-business partnership. TREP’s success is possible ONLY because of its partners, their willingness to engage with one another and their shared interest in benefitting our youth. In the book, “Good to Great,” Collins asserts, “companies need to exist for a higher purpose than mere profit generation in order to transcend the category of merely good.” Working with area schools, teachers and students definitely describes a higher purpose. Please consider joining TREP and making a difference in your schools and community.
One example of how TREP businesses are engaged with the schools, is our upcoming Counselor Workshop. TREP is fortunate to be working with CITGO Lemont Refinery, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery, Lewis University, LyondellBasell, Midland Bank, STARCON, and Stryolution to offer area guidance counselors the opportunity to learn about the great career opportunities. Armed with relevant, accurate information, counselors can advise their students on how to prepare to work for great, local companies. On April 17, TREP is sponsoring a Guidance Counselor Workshop for area Counselors. The Guidance Counselor workshop provides school counselors with local career information and hiring practices allowing them to expand and enrich their guidance to students related to career options and opportunities. TREP arranges visits to its business partners. The partners provide counselors with an understanding of how the work-world applies the school’s curriculum (i.e., science, technology, writing, reading and math concepts…) as well as the skills, aptitudes and attitudes necessary for entry and survival in today’s and tomorrow’s work environment.
Please contact Laura Price at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on joining the partnership.
New reporting requirements: Employers required to report fatalities and severe injuries and illnesses
As of Jan. 1, 2015, employers covered by federal OSHA are now required to report work-related fatalities within 8 hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. OSHA reports the updated reporting requirements have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
Employers can report these incidents by calling their nearest area office during normal business hours, or the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742). For more information and resources, visit OSHA's Web page on the updated reporting requirements. Soon employers will also be able to report fatalities, injuries and illnesses online.