We are especially pleased that these companies recognize the value of belonging to TRMA, especially in tough economic times:

  • Badger Daylighting.
  • Early Consulting, LC
  • GaiaTech, Inc.
  • General Insulation Co.
  • Lokring Midwest LLC, LLC
  • Maertin Heating & Cooling

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to Jerry Caamono with your question and your Q & A may be featured here in our next newsletter.

Environmental Division
Nov. 16 - Will County Land Use Update; noon to 2:00 p.m.; $33

Dec 7 - U.S. EPA Air Issues Update; noon to 2:00 p.m.; $33

Safety Division
Dec 9 - First Aid, CPR, AED Training; 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; $99

HR Division
Nov. 30 - Employment Outlook in Will & Grundy counties; noon to 2:00 p.m.; $33

Safety Center
Nov. 16 & Dec 2 - Fire Watch with hands-on fire extinguisher training and Confined Space Watch training; 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.; $90 - Register on line

All training takes place at the TRMA Safety Center, 1615 W. Jefferson St., Joliet (one block east of Larkin Avenue)

Prices shown apply to TRMA members. Contact us for non-member pricing information.

Jim Cristman


Responding to the feedback of members who participated in a series of focus groups over the summer, the TRMA board of directors is exploring ways to enhance the association’s training curricula, government affairs advocacy and information-sharing opportunities.

“We received the most feedback on these three specific areas,” said Jim Cristman, vice president of manufacturing at CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s Lemont refinery, and TRMA’s incoming chairman for 2011. “So we’ve asked our standing committees to incorporate three focus group suggestions in their activity planning for the coming year.”

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Steven Wilder
There’s nothing like a real disaster to expose the weaknesses of response and recovery plans, says consultant Steven Wilder, and he cites 9/11 as a fine example. The post mortem revealed serious shortcomings, among them the lack of coordination by first responders and little thought given to the health and safety of recovery workers.

In response, the Department of Homeland Security developed a comprehensive protocol entitled the National Incident Management System—NIMS for short. The public sector embraced NIMS and Wilder hopes the private sector will too.

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Poehner Dillman & Mahalik (PDM Plumbing Heating Cooling) has worked closely with Will and Grundy industrial and commercial organizations for 125 years. “Since just after the Civil War (1885), PDM has kept the heat on and the water flowing”, said Rudy Mahalik, PDM President. “PDM is one of America’s oldest continuously operating mechanical contractors and has been recognized by the State of Illinois and the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce.” added Rudy.

PDM has been a member of TRMA for over 40 years and Rudy Mahalik has served on the Board of Directors for many years. PDM also is active and supports numerous community organizations and industry related groups. They are proud of their numerous safety awards and their A+ rating by the BBB. Congratulations to PDM and the Mahalik family on 125 years of service to industry and business.


OSHA recently revised its policy for all Outreach Training Programs to address the number of hours each day a student may spend in OSHA 10- and 30-hour classes. OSHA revised the length of daily classroom instruction to prevent workers from being saturated with so much information that they may miss content that could prevent injuries, illnesses and death.

Another concern was that, in some cases, one- and three-day training classes were not meeting 10- and 30-hour program time requirements. This concern became evident after OSHA conducted random records audits and unannounced monitoring visits.

Revised program policy now requires OSHA trainers to limit worker training classes to a maximum of 7½ hours per day. The 10-hour courses must be conducted over a minimum of two days and 30-hour courses over at least four days.


The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries issued 44 citations and a $2.38 million fine to Tesoro Corporation for safety and health violations that contributed to the deadly explosion that killed seven workers at the company’s Anacortes petroleum refinery.

After a six-month investigation, Labor and Industries inspectors found that Tesoro disregarded a multitude of workplace safety regulations, continued to operate failing equipment for years, postponed maintenance, inadequately tested for potentially catastrophic damage and failed to adequately protect their workers from significant risk of injury and death.

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Below are the 5 most frequently cited standards for fiscal year 2010.

  1. Scaffolding
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Hazard Communication
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Ladders