What Is HAZWOPER? Who Needs HAZWOPER Training (and When)?

HAZWOPER is the term used to describe Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard by OSHA (29 CFR Part 1910.120). Because of hazardous waste’s significant threat to workers’, public and environmental health, OSHA’s HAZWOPER standard was issued to protect workers engaged in hazardous waste clean-up and emergency response operations.

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HAZWOPER is the term used to describe Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard by OSHA (29 CFR Part 1910.120). According to Pete Rice, Certified Safety Professional and Industrial Hygienist, hazardous substances are “a serious safety and health problem that continues to endanger human and animal lives and the environment. Discarded hazardous substances or hazardous waste that is toxic, flammable or corrosive can cause fires, explosions and pollution of air, water, and land. Unless hazardous wastes are properly treated, stored or disposed of, they will continue to do great harm to livings things that contact them now or in the future.”

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Top 5 Reasons Companies Invest In Current Safety Management Practices

Understanding the risk at hand, more companies are actively investing in safety management practices to prevent unfortunate incidents from happening. The 2016 SmartMarket Report asked survey respondents to rank factors that most influenced their companies to adopt the current safety management practices. Its finding shows that factors like “regulatory requirements” and “owner/client demand” are on the decline, while factors linked directly to positive effects of a strong safety culture are on the rise.

The benefits of a strong safety culture are increasingly recognized, leading companies to realize the difference a passive approach makes in comparison to an active one. Companies that passively react when a workplace incident happens tend to face a much larger cost. Additionally, this summer OSHA announced adjusting its civil penalty amounts for inflation starting August 1, 2016. Following the new rule, OSHA’s maximum penalties which had stayed the same since 1990, now increase by 78 percent. Top penalty for serious violations hence increases from $7,000 to $12,471 and maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations increases from $70,000 to $124,709.

Understanding the risk at hand, more companies are actively investing in safety management practices to prevent unfortunate incidents from happening. The 2016 SmartMarket Report asked survey respondents to rank factors that most influenced their companies to adopt the current safety management practices. Its finding shows that factors like “regulatory requirements” and “owner/client demand” are on the decline, while factors linked directly to positive effects of a strong safety culture are on the rise.

Here are the top five reasons companies invest in current safety management practices in the construction industry:  

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Aspects of A World-Class Safety Program: Trends & Applications

A world-class safety program requires continuous improvements, and should also be measurable. The SmartMarket Report survey respondents were asked to pinpoint essential aspects of a world-class safety program in 2012 and in 2015.

The term “world-class,” in short, indicates being among the best. Having a world-class safety program means having the highest quality, most effective, and cutting edge safety program that moves the incident rate towards zero. A world-class safety program requires continuous improvements, and should also be measurable. The SmartMarket Report survey respondents were asked to pinpoint essential aspects of a world-class safety program in 2012 and in 2015. The data collected allows for recording of changes and trends over these three years. The most striking difference observed was the role of jobsite workers’ involvement in safety planning (66 percent indicated as a necessary aspect of a world-class safety program in 2012 vs. 85 percent in 2015). Other significant changes included: ongoing access to safety training for supervisors and jobsite workers (69 percent in 2012 vs. 77 percent in 2015) and hazard assessment and safety plans at each new jobsite (70 percent in 2012 vs 76 percent in 2015). We discussed jobsite workers’ involvement in safety and health planning in this blog. This article will focus on the latter two aspects.

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Safety Leadership: Jobsite Workers’ Role in Building Safety Culture

As employers, it’s critical to protect your workers by building a strong safety culture both from the top down and bottom up! Not only organizational safety leaders should proactively develop an effective safety training program, but jobsite workers must be included in all safety and health planning also.

This year Labor Rights Week focused on reminding ALL U.S workers their right to a safe, healthy and hazard-free workplace. As employers, it’s critical to protect your workers by building a strong safety culture both from the top down and bottom up! Not only organizational safety leaders should proactively develop an effective safety training program, but jobsite workers must be included in all safety and health planning also. We’ve heard of unfortunate mistakes made by several employers in the recent period, such as failure to implement fall protection system, lack of training on machine safety procedures known as lockout/tagout, as well as exposing workers to blocked exits, fall hazards, amputation and chemical hazards. These losses could have been prevented by effective safety training on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), how to prevent slips, trips, and falls, avoid electrical hazards, and more. It’s important to note that providing training is completely different from developing an effective, on-going safety training program, as part of building a strong safety culture (Why should you care? We discussed the benefits of a strong safety culture here).

This blog will explain the role of jobsite workers in ensuring workplace safety and best practices for safety leadership.

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Building Safety Culture: 3 Key Benefits of Online Safety Training

A survey has shown that highest priorities for training in terms of allocating resources include: increasing training programs’ effectiveness, reducing costs, and measuring the impact of training programs – each of which online training technology would be able to address.

Our last blog discussed the importance and benefits of a strong safety culture. To create and maintain one, companies must adopt an effective safety training program. While both live and online safety training are effective training mediums that compliment and supplement each other, this blog will shine the spotlight on the rising popularity and benefits of online safety training.

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