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...
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.
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.
Jan 22, 2018
Does your facility require a rescue team? What OSHA standards require some kind of emergency response procedures? If your facility needs some level of emergency response, how do you develop these capabilities? What types of procedures, equipment, and training is needed? Or should it be out sourced?
Oct 10, 2017
Fall protection equipment manufacturers are innovators. They are constantly developing new types of equipment and upgrading the capabilities of existing equipment. Self-retracting lanyards (SRLs or ‘yo-yos’) provide a great example of this innovation.
Sep 6, 2017
The rules that deal with confined space training are clear. Entrants and attendants may need to know a lot about medical issues.
Jul 19, 2017
A client recently called me with a question. At his facility there was a confined space (a large vault) that they wanted to enter using alternate entry procedures (also known as reclassifying the space). Can you enter a space to test the air to determine if it’s safe to enter using alternate entry procedures? Or do you have to make an initial entry using all protections afforded by the confined space rules?
Oct 5, 2016
Consider for a moment the issue of fall protection and the confined space attendant overseeing entry operations for workers in a vault or manhole (top down entry). A question I often ask our students is: “Does the confined space attendant need to be tied off?”
Jun 21, 2016
One of the challenges in administering a confined space safety program is deciding which spaces to include in your inventory. The simple answer is to just include those spaces that meet the definition of a permit space*, but is this a confined space safety best practice? My sense is that it may not be. In fact, I believe that when you’re deciding which spaces to place under the confined space program, you should consider putting aside OSHA’s legal definition of a permit space and instead use a broader measuring stick.
May 4, 2016
Given a topic as potentially complex as confined spaces, we can often enhance our understanding of the safety requirements by looking at other, similar standards. The shipyard employment standard (29 CFR 1915 Subpart B) offers us one such opportunity.
Mar 29, 2016
Anyone who has worked at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project understands how much emphasis the corps places on safety. Fall protection offers a great example. Central to this effort are the specific training and retraining requirements for fall protection users, competent persons, and qualified persons.