October 2012

New members

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

Bradford Systems Corp.
Certified Safety
Hertz Equipment Rental
Huffmaster Companies

Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
Oct 23
IL EPA Air Issues Update
U.S. EPA Air Issues Update
Government Affairs Division
To be announced
Maintenance Division
To be announced
Safety Division
Oct 16
Nov 8
Dec 11
First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Hand Safety Workshop
Human Resources Division
To be announced
Prices shown apply to TRMA members. For members and non-member details and registration
click here.
Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training and Confined Space Entry Watch Training

(see announcement for details)

October 9
November 1

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Candidates Make Their Case to Business Community

With the 2012 campaign in the final stretch, three dozen office seekers made their case for election, or re-election, to TRMA members at a reception held September 13, 2012 at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet. It was the fifth such event co-hosted by the government affairs committees of TRMA, the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and the Will County Center for Economic Development.

This was an informal affair: no political speeches, but an opportunity for candidates to meet one-on-one with business people and to hand out literature. "The informal nature of the event allowed members to spend more time with the candidates to get a feel for their disposition toward the needs of businesses," said Jerry Caamano, TRMA executive director. "It also provided an opportunity for our members to impress upon the candidates how the actions and policies of government affect the health of the business climate in Will County and Illinois."

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TREP Gains Energy.....

Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP) is the non-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, created by TRMA with their local school districts . Simply put, TREP's primary role is to leverage its member resources facilitating activities between local employers and local schools. To this end, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) centric programs that are interwoven with career awareness opportunities in applied science occupations—advanced manufacturing—are high priorities for TREP.

TREP has been working closely on a new program, Project Infinite Green. Project Infinite Green is an after school, enrichment program for students that launched last year in Lemont. Project Infinite Green was created to encourage S.T.E.M. education by taking local school children on a journey through the energy sources we rely on in our modern world. The program provides practical interactive experiences guided by professionals within the industry to help students understand the ramifications of everyday actions and decisions concerning energy. The students' culminating business plans were championed by Congressman Lipinski and presented by the students to the Washington DC S.T.E.M. Caucus.

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Fall Protection and Scaffold Training

Falls continue to be a leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. according to latest statistics from OSHA. In 2011, 541 died from falls. And it doesn't have to be a fall from a tall structure as 57% of the deaths involved falls of 20 feet or less.

Mike Murphy, a fall prevention specialist with Miller International, a manufacturer of fall safety gear, conducted the hands-on portion of the training. The clear message, said Murphy, is that the failure to properly inspect and utilize appropriate safety equipment is the reason that accidental falls remain one of the leading causes of work-related fatalities. And that's why TRMA schedules scaffold safety and fall prevention competent person training year after year.

Murphy's portion of the training was held in the safety center parking lot in front of the Miller Fall Protection Road Show trailer, which features a hoist and numerous safety lines. Murphy explained the importance of ensuring that each harness has proper documentation, so near and dear to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), how to inspect harnesses for wear and tear, and how to securely fasten the harnesses to a variety of safety tackle. A volunteer put on a harness as Murphy explained the proper way to wear and adjust the harness.

Paul Satti, senior instructor at the Chicagoland Safety Council, provided the classroom portion of the training for the Fall Protection Competent Person on September 25th. Although the people who attend these courses are more aware than the average person about the need for safety and the use of fall prevention equipment the more often the message is repeated the more likely it is to stick.

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