Sharon Powers, Registered Safety Professional, is a trained OSHA Authorized Outreach Instructor in both Construction and General Industry Standards.  She has held this distinction since the mid-90s and regularly attends OSHA training seminars to update and refresh her training qualifications.  Her background includes 7-1/2 years as a compliance officer and safety consultant for ADOSH.  Sharon has been in the safety field since 1987 working in construction, mining and general industry.  She works with clients in the construction community as well as in general industry, manufacturing, agriculture and aerospace.

 

POWERS SAFETY SERVICES, LLC  not only conducts on-the-job safety inspections and offers specialized training classes, but also assists the client with the preparation of their safety program, Global Harmonizing Systems and SDS manuals.  Each safety training class is taught by an OSHA Authorized Outreach Instructor.  All class materials are included, and upon passing a written test, training cards and certificates are provided for each attendee.  Bilingual classes are available.      

              

"A safety manual refresher is an efficient way to bring your company safety policies up-to-date.  This service is part of the POWERS SAFETY SERVICES LLC company vision of staying current and staying trained and most importantly, staying safe."

 

POWERS SAFETY SERVICES LLC has been honored to receive two prestigious awards:

 

2008 Cornerstone Professional Service Award and

2013-2014 Safety Professional of the Year from the American Society of Safety Engineers

 

LIST OF SAFETY CLASSES OFFERED:

GLOBAL HARMONIZING SYSTEMS

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

LOTO

OSHA INSPECTIONS

PPE: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

ASBESTOS AWARENESS/LEAD AWARENESS

ASBESTOS / AC PIPE TRAINING

EXCAVATION COMPETENT PERSON

LASER TRAINING

SCAFFOLD COMPETENT PERSON

FORKLIFT and SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES

PERMIT REQUIRED CONFINED SPACE

OSHA 10-HOUR CLASS IN CONSTRUCTION

OSHA 30-HOUR CLASS IN CONSTRUCTION

OSHA 10-HOUR CLASS IN GENERAL INDUSTRY

OSHA 30-HOUR CLASS IN GENERAL INDUSTRY

FALL PROTECTION / LADDER USE

AERIAL LIFT / SCISSOR LIFT

FIRE SAFETY/EXTINGUISHER USE

QUALIFIED RIGGER / QUALIFIED SIGNALER 
NEW CONSTRUCTION CRANE STANDARDS

RESPIRATOR & APPENDIX D / PAPER RESPIRATORS

STEEL ERECTION

BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS

 

SILICA

 

MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING & PROPER LIFTING

 

STAY CURRENTSTAY TRAINEDSTAY SAFE

 

 

INSPECTIONS - DEALING WITH OSHA INSPECTIONS AND COMPANY LEGAL LIABILITIES CLASS

 

This class will introduce some of the options in which employers can deal with OSHA inspections.  It covers the importance of the compliance officers inspection and documentation.  It covers the OSHA inspection procedures and citations.  Topics to be covered include:

  Preparing for an OSHA inspection

  When the OSHA inspector knocks on the door

  The procedures of an inspection

  Suggested dos and donts of an inspection

  Contesting citations/variances

 

OSHA 10-HOUR 1926 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND HEALTH CLASS    (back to menu)

This class is designed specifically for construction supervisors, construction company management and personnel responsible for construction activities.

Topics covered include:

  Introduction to OSHA

  General Duty Clause

  General Safety and Health Provisions Global Harmonizing Systems and SDS, Program Silica, Asbestos

  Competent Person

  Electrical Safety and Lock Out Tag Out

  Fall Protection

  Material Handling Storage and Use

  Cranes

  Hoists

  Mechanized Equipment

  Construction Equipment

  Scaffolds

  Excavations

  Stairways and Ladders, etc.

 Permit Required Confined Space

OSHA 10-hour cards will be issued upon completion of the test.

 

 

OSHA 30-HOUR 1926 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND HEALTH CLASS (back to menu)

This class continues on from the 10-hour class with more in-depth training.  It is designed specifically for construction supervisors, construction company management and personnel responsible for construction activities.

Topics covered include:

  General Duty Clause

  ADOSH Compliance Inspections

  Jobsite Responsibility Issues

  Global Harmonizing Systems

  Fall Protection

  Scaffolds

  Steel Erection

  Electrical Safety and NFPA 70e

  New Construction Crane Standard and Material Handling / Rigging 

  Fire Protection and Equipment Use

  Excavations and Permit Required Confined Space

  Legal Liabilities for Supervisors and Companies

  Health Hazards

  Stairways and Ladders

  Fire Prevention

  Hand and Power Tools

  Forklifts, etc.

OSHA 30-hour cards will be issued upon completion of the test.

 

ELECTRICAL SAFETY ORIENTATION 

Class provides an overview of standard electrical standards.  Class includes principles of electricity, hazards and common injuries, first aid and correct application of safety measures.  The class covers general electrical safety and OSHA electrical standards 1910 and 1926.

 

LOCKOUT/TAGOUT (LOTO)

The class provides an overview of hazardous energy control procedures for both construction and general industry application 1910.147. This class includes OSHA training requirements, energy control programs and procedures, energy-isolating devices, inspection, application and removal of locks, tags and other devices.  It covers site specific work.

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT  (back to menu)

This class introduces new expanded standard covering personal protective equipment.  The special topic of respirators (see below) will be discussed in greater detail.  Topics include the general requirements of hazard assessment and selection; training; special sections of eye and face protection, hearing protection, head protection, foot protection and hand protection.

 

ASBESTOS / AC PIPE TRAINING

Note:  All buildings constructed prior to 1980 are to be considered as containing asbestos unless proven otherwise.

Employers must provide a training program for all employees installing and handling asbestos-containing products and for employees performing Class I through Class IV asbestos operations.  Employee must receive training prior to or at initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.  Training courses must be easily understandable for employees and must inform them of the following:

  Ways to recognize asbestos

  The adverse health effects of asbestos exposure

  The relationship between smoking and asbestos in causing lung cancer

  Operations that could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of protectiv controls to minimize exposure

  The purpose, proper use, fitting instructions and limitations of respirators

  The appropriate work practices for performing asbestos jobs

  Medical surveillance program requirements

  The contents of the Asbestos standard

  The names, address and phone numbers of public health organizations that provide information and materials or conduct smoking cessation programs

  Sign and label requirements and the meaning of legends on them

 

ASBESTOS AWARENESS / AC PIPE  (back to menu)

This class is designed for anyone who may be subjected to asbestos.  Discussion covers what asbestos is, what it looks like, where it can be found, health hazards involved, legal liabilities and precautions to take once asbestos is discovered. There are special handling procedures for AC Pipe work.

 

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION/RESPIRATORY FIT TESTING, APPENDIX D

This class will train on the need, selection, use and care of employee respiratory protection.  This overview of 1910.134 introduces workers, supervisors and small business owners to compliance requirements of respirator standard.  The employees must also be trained on Appendix D Voluntary Use of Paper Masks.

 

EXCAVATION/TRENCHING COMPETENT PERSON

This class is for construction and utility workers and supervisors who work in or around trenches and excavations.  The class instructs the employee in the identification of the work hazards, soils and analysis, use of the various protective systems which includes shoring, sloping, and trench boxes.  This allows the employee to be designated by their employer as a Competent Person. And this allows the competent person to be authorized by his company to take prompt corrective measures for any safety violations. This class includes pre-excavation procedures, trenching and shoring methods, trench safety (weather, soil changes, vibration, spoil bank location, etc.), equipment ventilation, entry/exit procedure, daily inspection requirements, air monitoring, and communications.

 

FORKLIFT TRAINING AND REFRESHER CLASS (back to menu)

This class covers the new OSHA 1026.600 and 1910.178 standards covering the site specific, equipment specific training, and the required forklift checklists to be used in your workplace.  This training class will include classroom instruction, a written test and a driving test.  Note:  Arrangements for driving test using a company forklift will be made during the classroom portion of the class.  Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:

  Pre-operational forklift inspection

  Safe operating rules and practices, material handling and movement

  Site specific training / Equipment specific training

  Safe operation rules, operator responsibility

  Emergency procedures

  The forklift operators must have a refresher class or a review by the company to update their training cards every 3 years.

 

QUALIFIED RIGGER / QUALIFIED SIGNALER  NEW CONSTRUCTION CRANE STANDARDS

OSHA requires that Riggers and Crane Hand Signalers be trained and qualified.
Employers must use qualified riggers during hoisting activities with cranes.
Qualified Riggers are required whenever workers are within the fall zones, hooking, unhooking or guiding a load, or doing the initial rigging of a load to the crane.

Qualified Rigging & Qualified Hand Signaler Cards will be given. 
Topics include the following: (unless you have cancelled within 48 hours prior to Seminar schedule)
Synthetics slings
Wire Rope
Slings & Hitches
Rigging Hardware
New Construction Crane standards
Load Weight, Center of Gravity
   & Weight Distribution
Load Attachment and Movement
Hardware Selection and Sizing
Rigging Methods
Crane Hand Signals
Planning the site work. 

 

SILICA DUST HAZARDS AND PREVENTION  (back to menu)

Silica exposure remains a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling. The seriousness of the health hazards associated with silica exposure is demonstrated by the fatalities and disabling illnesses that continue to occur in sandblasters and rock drillers. Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Additionally, breathing crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which in severe cases can be disabling, or even fatal.
The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes the formation of scar tissue. This exposure event occurs during many different construction activities. The most severe exposures generally occur during abrasive blasting with sand to remove paint and rust from bridges, tanks, concrete structures, and other surfaces. Other construction activities that may result in severe exposure include: jack hammering, rock/well drilling, concrete mixing, concrete drilling, brick and concrete block cutting and sawing, tuck pointing, tunneling operations. This reduces the lungs ability to take in oxygen. There is no cure for silicosis. Since silicosis affects lung function, it makes one more susceptible to lung infections
like tuberculosis. In addition, smoking causes lung damage and adds to the damage caused by breathing silica dust.
My training class covers all this info and includes safe work practices and the use of PPE in the various work site conditions. The class includes the training for the paper respirators/dust masks on Appendix D 1910.134. 

 

MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING AND PROPER LIFTING   (back to menu)

BACK INJURIES -- NATION'S #1 WORKPLACE SAFETY PROBLEM
Preventing back injuries is a major workplace safety challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees. 
Moreover, though lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering are involved in manual materials handling (the principal cause of compensable work injuries) the BLS survey shows that four out of five of these injuries were to the lower back, and that three out of four occurred while the employee was lifting. 
No approach has been found for totally eliminating back injuries caused by lifting, though it is felt that a substantial portion can be prevented by an effective control program and ergonomic design of work tasks. 
In this class I review the manual material handling situations in the work place. I review the proper ways to lift many objects. I discuss the use of daily stretch exercises. Employees are moving materials every day in every work place. 

 

PERMIT -REQUIRED CONFINED SPACE ENTRY WORK/CONSTRUCTION CONFINED SPACE WORK  

This class introduces the OSHA Permit-Required Confined Spaces in Construction 1926.1200 Sub Part AA, Competent Person, and OSHA General Industry standard 1910.146. This class is a general overview for those workers who may be dealing with permit-required confined spaces. This includes the communications between the Host, the Controlling Contractor, and the Sub Contractors. The Construction Confined Spaces includes some updates and details not found in the original OSHA 1920.146 standards.

Topics covered include the following: Definitions/hazards; entry programs/permits; responsibilities of entrant, attendant, entry supervisor, rescue personnel; monitoring equipment; lockout/tagout and personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and safe work practices. 

 

FALL PROTECTION/AERIAL LIFTS/LADDER USE (back to menu)

The class introduces construction workers to the new OSHA fall protection standard, 1926.500.  This standard requires contractors to re-evaluate and update their written, site specific fall protection plans and requires employers to provide fall protection for all their employees who are exposed to a fall to a lower level of 6 feet or more.  Topics include:

  When there is a duty to have fall protection

  Fall protective systems

  Fall protection written site specific fall plan

  Training cards

  Training on a safety monitor

  Safe work practices in various conditions

 

This class will also include training on the types of aerial lifts, scissor lift and snorkel lift equipment and will cover the OSHA standards 1926.453.  This training will cover safe work practices and manufacturers recommendations.  It includes information from the new ANSI standard. 

 

Safe ladder use and the OSHA standards 1926.1050 will be included in the training.

 

BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS

This training meets the OSHA training requirements for all employees with occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.  This class includes definitions, exposure control through engineering and safe work practices, protective equipment, regulated waste, Global Harmonizing Systems, recordkeeping and exposure control plans.

 

OSHA 10-HOUR 1910 GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY AND HEALTH CLASS   (back to menu)

Class includes awareness of the OSHA Standards Act/General Duty Clause.  Topics covered include: 

  Emergency Planning and Egress

  Walking/Working Surfaces

  Ergonomics

  Hearing Conservation

  HAZWOPER

  Material Handling

  Hand and Power Tools

  Forklift Training

The employee will be able to identify common causes of accidents/incidents leading to injuries and fatalities and identify abatement techniques for common hazards.  OSHA 10-Hour General Industry cards will be issued upon completion of the test.

 

OSHA 30-HOUR 1910 GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY AND HEALTH CLASS

This class will cover the following topics:

  Introduction to OSHA

  General Duty Clause

  Compliance Inspections

  Hazard Communication

  Walking/Working Surfaces

  Emergency Action Plans

  Electrical Safety

  Lock Out Tag Out

  Safety Related Work Practices

  NFPA 70e

  Health Hazards

  Permit Required Confined Space Work

  Forklift Use

  Safety and Health Programs

  Fall Protection

  Ergonomics

  Welding and Cutting

  Blood Borne Pathogens

  Machine Guarding

OSHA 30-Hour General Industry cards will be issued upon completion of the test.

 

GLOBAL HARMONIZING SYSTEMS:     (back to menu)

This is the Fed OSHA update to the former Hazard Communication Standard. It mandates that all employers must train their employees on new labels, pictograms, and the new safety data sheets (SDS) by December 1, 2013.

I am qualified to do this training and will furnish, upon completion of the training, wallet sized training cards that illustrate the nine (9) pictograms for easy identification.
If preferred, I can furnish a GHS training package complete with the training booklet, disk with training Power Points, a safety manual chapter update, and the GHS program outline for the MSDS/SDS books.

NOTE: It is important to have the GHS outline blanks filled in, dated, and signed. for each new project and placed in the front of your MSDS/SDS book.
This GHS training package is $50.00.

 

SCAFFOLD COMPETENT PERSON TRAINING

This class covers the OSHA scaffold standards 1926.450-452.  The top serious scaffold hazards with OSHA are falls, unsafe access, falling objects, electrocutions, and scaffold collapse.  This class covers all employees working on a scaffold or who erect and dismantle the scaffold. They need to be able to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of scaffold used in the field.  The employees will learn how to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards.  The types of scaffold covered are tubular welded, tube and coupler and mobile scaffold.

 

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

This class covers the proper use of extinguishers.  There are five (5) types of extinguishers that need to be reviewed for various work areas.  Extinguishers must be properly placed in fixed buildings which include the location of the extinguisher and a sign posted.  On construction sites there are specific requirements for when an extinguisher needs to be available. The inspection requirements for the equipment will be covered.  The fire triangle will be discussed.

 

LASER TRAINING

This class covers the training requirements for construction lasers in 1926.54.  This standard requires the operator to be trained and have a training card available.  There needs to be a laser warning sign posted in the work area.

 

STEEL ERECTION TRAINING    (back to menu)

This class covers the new Steel Erection Standard Subpart R 1926.750.  The class includes site layout and construction sequence, site specific erection plan, hoisting and rigging, structural steel assembly, column anchorage, beams and columns, open web joists, systems-engineered metal buildings, falling object protection, fall protection requirements for this standard and the use of CDZ zones along with training requirements for this standard.  There is paperwork required on concrete cure and on any anchor bolt modifications from the general contractor to the steel erector.  Custody of fall protection and paperwork will also be reviewed. A record of the crane used on site must be kept.

 

 

 

I customize the training services upon your request. 

Please contact us for additional information on these topics 

 

 

Revised: January 20, 2016