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The OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington is the top-ranked OSHA Training Institute Education Center in the country. The Center provides OSHA prescribed professional and regulatory instruction through educators with decades of real world experience and leadership that upholds the highest quality standards to ensure students have training and support services required to protect workers, reduce losses, and realize the profitability of a safe and healthful work environment. Additionally, four levels of professional certifications are available in multiple tracks including: Safety and Health, Construction, General Industry, Oil & Gas, and Risk Management.



OSHA #501 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry

This trainer course is designed for personnel interested in teaching the OSHA 10- or 30-Hour General Industry Outreach courses. Special emphasis is placed on required topics in the OSHA Outreach Program. Various instructional approaches and the effective use of visual aids and handouts will also be covered. Course participants will work in groups or independently to practice their presentation of selected topics.

OSHA #501 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry
June 29 - July 2, 2020 | Houston, TX

Authorized Safety & Health Trainer Program

Become a UT Arlington Authorized Safety & Health Trainer! In just a few easy steps, you can become authorized through UT Arlington to teach 1-day safety awareness courses for specialized topics including Fall Protection, Excavation, Confined Space, Cranes, and more! Start by taking one subject or use the applicable courses you have already taken.

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UPDATES



We continue to evaluate our events and travel policies in the current situation. We will continue to provide updates and new information in this rapidly changing environment as it becomes available. At present, many events have been postponed, moved to an online environment, or will continue as scheduled. If you are a registered participant you should receive direct communication regarding your event, or you may reach out directly to cedquestions@uta.edu.


Excavation and Trench Safety

Each year, construction workers are injured or killed when the walls of the trench they are working in collapse. One cubic yard of dirt can weigh 3,000 pounds or more. As a result, survival time in a collapsed trench can be as little as a minute if the victim is buried and there are no air pockets. This means that sometimes, not even immediate rescue can save the victim. Trench collapses and cave-ins are a serious threat to workers, but they can be prevented.

  • PREPARE a safe trench. - Provide safe entry and exit before starting work. - Keep materials at least 2 feet away from the edge.
  • PROTECT workers from a cave-in by using protective systems. - Sloping or benching trench walls, or - Shoring trench wall with supports, or - Shielding trench walls with trench boxes.
  • INSPECT the trench for hazards. - Look for standing water and other environmental hazards. - Never enter a trench unless it has been inspected and approved by the competent person.

OSHA has made reducing trenching and excavation hazards the Agency's Priority Goal. To learn more, enroll in next OSHA #3015 Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics course.

Annual Fall Prevention Stand-Down

OSHA’s National Office has decided to postpone the 7th annual Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to a time to be determined later in the summer. In our continued support of this initiative to protect workers from falls in the workplace, The University of Texas at Arlington OSHA Education Center will reschedule its free offerings of the OSHA #7405 Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry from May 4th to a later date to be determined.

» Press release

Department of Labor/Health and Human Services Guidance: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA developed COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA's COVID-19 planning guidance is available in both English (OSHA 3990-03 2020) and Spanish. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has been working closely with their research, government, and other industry partners to respond to questions about the spread of the COVID-19 disease and to provide the latest information on protecting construction workers on the job. They have developed a COVID-19 resource page in both English and Spanish.

OTHER NEWS



OSHA Penalties Raised for 2020

OSHA raised its civil penalties by approximately 1.8 percent on January 15, 2020. The final rule implements annual inflation adjustments of civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by OSHA and other agencies within the Department of Labor in 2020, as required by the Inflation Adjustment Act (Public Law 114-74). OSHA's penalty increases for workplace safety and health violations include:

  • For a willful violation, in which an employer knowingly failed to comply with an OSHA standard or demonstrated a plain indifference for employee safety, the minimum penalty increases from $9,472 to $9,639 and the maximum penalty increases from $132,598 to $134,937;
  • For each repeated violation for an identical or substantially similar violation previously cited by the agency, the penalty ceiling rises from $132,598 to $134,937;
  • For each serious violation for workplace hazards that could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, the maximum penalty increases from $13,260 to $13,494;
  • For each other-than-serious violation, the maximum penalty increases from $13,260 to $13,494;
  • For each failure to correct violation, the maximum penalty increases from $13,260 to $13,494; and
  • For each posting requirement violation, the maximum penalty increases from $13,260 to $13,494.

New penalty amounts take effect immediately, applying to any penalties assessed after January 15.

Focus Four Health: Heat

You are familiar with OSHA’s Focus Four in construction, but you may not be familiar with the Focus Four - Health recently distributed by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). The Focus Four Health are; Manual Material Handling, Noise, Air Contaminants, and High Temperatures.

Heat is a hazard during the summer, but it is not always taken seriously. This is a serious health threat and one where the effects occur during or shortly after exposure. An average of 30 workers die and thousands become sick every year from heat exposure. The past 16 years rank among the top 17 warmest years on record.

Control Strategy

  • Make sure your JSA includes high-temperature hazards
  • Know the weather forecast
  • Consider the worker:
    • new or temporary workers, workers transitioning,
    • acclimatization,
    • work area characteristics,
    • physical workload, and
    • work gear (PPE)
  • Implement and check Controls (OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool app)
    • Heat Index forecast
    • Adjust risk levels for risk factors such as full sun, work area, workload
    • Tailor protective measures to risk
      • Hydration
      • Shade/cooling
      • Rest/break schedule
      • Work schedule
      • Engineer controls/PPE
      • Emergency planning and response
      • Acclimatization
      • Monitoring

» Download the Focus Four for Heat Guidance Document

Free Online OSHA Training Courses

Looking for some free short training courses on critical safety and health issues? These one hour training courses developed by Region VI OSHA and the OSHA Education Centers provide information on a variety of topics:

» Amputation
» Electrical Safety
» Excavation and Trenching (Spanish)
» Healthcare Safety
» Heat Stress
» Preventing Falls in the Workplace
» Protecting Workers in Oil and Gas
» Protecting Workers in Trenches
» Safe+Sound
» Silica: Every Breath You Take

Crane Operator Qualifications

On February 7, 2019 the Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications final rule became effective, requiring employers using cranes in the construction industry to document their evaluation of their crane operators. That same day OSHA issued temporary enforcement guidance indicating that while it will still enforce the requirement that employers evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes it is going to provide additional time for employers to begin to document the evaluations. Questions? Check out OSHA’s FAQs.

Reminder - 90-day Grace Period Eliminated

Effective January 1, 2019, the 90-day grace period for renewing your OSHA Outreach Trainer Cards has been eliminated.

The requisite update course must be completed BEFORE the expiration date indicated on your trainer card. If your authorization lapses, not only must you retake the Trainer Course in order to once again be authorized to conduct the 10- and 30-hour outreach classes, but you will be subject to meeting all the new prerequisites for becoming a trainer, up to and including successfully having completed the applicable Standards course within the past 7 years. If you have any questions or need help registering for a class please call 866-906-9190.

» Update your Construction Authorization
» Update your General Industry Authorization

"Take 3 in 30" Challenge

Management leadership is a core element of a workplace safety and health program. Accelerate your program and show your commitment in your workplace. 3 in 30! Here’s how you do it:

  1. Take 3 actions in 30 days
    There are lots of ways to accelerate your program! Choose from our list or pick one of your own. Every workplace is different so select actions that work best for you.
  2. Share in your workplace
    It is important for your employees to see your commitment to safety! Show them that safety starts with you! List your three actions and share it on social media, in your company newsletter, or post it in the workplace.
  3. Accept your challenge coin
    You did it! Visit our website once you complete your activities to download your virtual challenge coin for showing Management Leadership. Share it on social media, post it in your workplace, or put it in your signature file – display it proudly!

Download the Take 3 in 30 Challenge and share in your workplace and on social media!

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