Last month Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) accredited our confined space rescue curriculum for use in training firefighters in Oregon. This means that students who take the class and successfully demonstrate required skills will receive credit towards completing their NFPA Technical Rescue Certification. The class reflects NFPA 1006 and related DPSST standards. The class is scheduled to require 30 hours of training; however, if the students have previously completed other forms of confined space or rope rescue training, the class may require less time. Two of our instructors (Michael Fazio and Kenn Lindsey) have been certified...
Oregon OSHA has enacted two rules dealing with weather-caused heat exposure and exposure to smoke resulting from wildfires. There's no question that exposure to both of these can pose serious health hazards, and we would expect the likelihood of these problems to get worse over time. The new OSHA rules require employers to monitor both heat and air quality. Once action levels are exceeded, employers must institute specific administrative and engineering controls. For heat exposure, employers must provide shade, water, and adjusted work/rest schedules. Smoke exposure can be controlled using respirators, air filtration systems, and suspending outdoor work operations depending...
Students in our Confined Space Rescue Team Leader class (May 3-7, Sahuarita, Arizona) learn that a descender (like the Petzl I'D or CMC Clutch) is essential for mainline raising and lowering operations. The ability to grab and release rope under control (when lowering) and then act as a pulley (when raising) provides teams with an effective tool to conduct technical rope operations. For decades, the Petzl I'D has been one of the most common descenders and we have used it extensively in class. But there are several others out there as well. In addition to the MPD, CMC Rescue recently...
May 1, 2020 – Similar to businesses all across the country, D2000 Safety has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic. We are fortunate in that we are all healthy and will be able to keep our team intact for the foreseeable future.
Here is how the pandemic is affecting our operations.
January 21, 2020
A number of our classes focus on developing the skills and knowledge of safety trainers. Most of the focus in these classes is developing the technical knowledge needed to present the information. But we also spend time in our Confined Space Train-the-Trainer and our Fall Protection Competent Person classes talking about effectively presenting this information to students.
December 16, 2019
Whether you are inspecting fall arrest or rescue equipment, one of the issues you’ll confront is whether to retire the gear or return it to the cache. For students in both our rescue operations and fall protection competent person classes, being able to inspect equipment and answer this question is one of the key learning outcomes.
November 5, 2019
The purpose of a confined space (or any) written safety program is to guide behavior. When trained on the policy, workers are expected to make the right decisions and work in a safe manner.
How fast should a forklift travel? The question is asked often, but we know there is no single answer. There is, however, a process we can use to determine the answer.
When discussing confined space or other types of technical rescue, the question of applying OSHA standards to these operations often comes up. This is one of many questions we tackle in our Confined Space Rescue Team Leader classes .
April 2, 2019
Developing a confined space rescue capability is relatively easy: purchase equipment, select your team, and provide training. But then comes the real challenge: maintaining this capability. In our experience, organizations that are able to maintain a viable rescue capability share two characteristics: 1) They have buy-in from management, and 2) they have one or more effective team leaders.
D2000 Safety has recently entered into a partnership with the Initial Response Institute to bring effective HAZWOPER training to our clients. The Initial Response Institute (IRI) has been providing this type of training for decades and the company’s founder, David Bargabos, has recently joined D2000 Safety as our Director of Education.
In our Summer, 2018 newsletter we looked at the ways in which stability and friction can affect load handling. In part two we’ll see how the load’s weight and center of gravity affect stability.
September 3, 2018
Loads can have many different characteristics. Which load characteristics should we take into account before moving them? In this first part of our two-part series, we’ll see how the load’s stability and friction affect safety. In the next issue, (Fall, 2018) we will look at the load’s weight and center of gravity.