Professional Safety Academy

Professional Safety Academy Courses

The Professional Safety Academy is a specialized course series developed to address the needs of safety professionals, those who have been assigned safety responsibilities, and even the safety curious. It addresses detailed information on a variety of individual subjects that are integral parts of a safety program. The courses will be offered in an on going basis. They can be taken together or one-by-one as convenient.

Know The Rules (OSHA10’s)

Earn your OSHA10 General or your OSHA10 Construction card, or get them both! These courses are for both the safety professional that needs a refresher and the entry level safety professional. You can take the three day option to earn both cards or the one and a half day option to earn your industry specific OSHA10.

The objective of this class is to equip safety professionals with the basics they need to understand and be successful in the field of occupational safety and health. This course provides the student with focused and relevant information that will assist the safety professional in their duties.

The course will also help students understand and identify OSHA/DOSH regulations that pertain to their workplace whether it is construction or general industry. Participants will be able to apply what they learned to their workplace in order to identify and control safety hazards to which their co-workers may be exposed.

After completion of this course, the participant will understand how to determine and find the correct regulation for their work-site. They will also have an understanding on how to instruct their workers on hazard identification and avoidance. Each participant will receive an OSHA10 General Industry card or an OSHA10 Construction card (depending on option chosen).

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Situational Awareness

It may sound easy, as Situational Awareness is “being aware of what is around you.” However, it is important that you know how many problems you face and how serious they are. The temporary loss or lack of situational awareness is a causal factor in many construction and industrial accidents.

This course provides the participant with an understanding of situational awareness (or SA) as a frame of mind and provides both actions to take and tools to help avoid injury and stay safe on the job.

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Incident Investigation

How do you create your own incident investigation team? What does the team need to be effective? What are the benefits of incident/near miss investigations? Students will be guided through the steps of an investigation, such as immediate actions to be taken after an incident, determining the facts of an incident, establishing the cause of an incident, and how to use that information to make meaningful corrective actions in the workplace to help make the workplace a safer place to work.

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Accident Prevention Program/Safety Committees

This program will allow students to gain knowledge and an understanding in the Federal and State legal requirements for an Accident Prevention Program (APP), as well as the elements of an effective total safety program and the role and responsibilities of the safety officer. Hands on work will be done to assist in writing/refining APPs.

Participants will also deal with the requirements, guidelines, and procedures for establishing and running a safety committee by state regulations. The responsibilities of management, employees, the safety committee members, as well as the responsibilities of the safety officer to the safety committee will be covered. This session will explain how to conduct a safety meeting, identify how often they should occur, documentation and record keeping. Students will identify why safety committees are important, discover the different types of safety meetings, discuss how to make safety meetings important to workers and increase participation. Activities will include planning and scheduling future safety meetings.

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Inspections/Audits & Record Keeping

This course focuses on workplace safety inspection. Throughout this course you will learn what should be looked at during a safety inspection. Common areas of identifying workplace safety are discussed, including office safety, workplace hazards, and other areas. Also discussed is an inspection by OSHA/DOSH and what you should and should not do before, during, and after the visit.

This course will also discuss the importance of documentation and review the OSHA recordkeeping requirement.

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Understanding Workers Comp

Focusing on the Washington State mandated program, this course will provide an overview of how this important insurance program works. It will also share basic information on the WA approved Self-Insurance concepts. Some of the goals of this course are to become familiar with workers compensation, the history behind the program, the systems, benefits, costs, issues/concerns, adjudication of claims, cost containment strategies, and the importance of helping an employee return to work as quickly as possible.

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Compliance vs Best Work Practices

What does it mean to have safety as part of our culture? How do I get there? How does safety ‘fit in’ with a ‘successful’ business?

Can an effective Safety program co-exist in a successful business? This course will concentrate on how this has been accomplished in the past and is continuing to happen today. Using real life scenarios to address real life situations, students will leave with tools to help establish and maintain that key relationship between Management/Employee and Safety.

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Workplace Security and Safety

This course explores the need for an effective security program for your organization. We will address employee and facility protection, as well as such things as information security, asset loss prevention, background investigations, and disaster management. It will also cover raising the awareness for potential workplace violence and preventing violence through recognition of warning signs as well as effective de-escalation techniques.

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Transportation Safety

Motor vehicle crashes remain one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities–on and off the job. This course presents the elements of creating, supervising, and managing a safe driving program whether your organization operates a fleet of vehicles or simply has employees that drive to and from the work place.

The class will discuss why it is important to have a traffic safety program and its benefits; the elements of a traffic safety program; whether it is required or not; such mandated areas as highway workzone safety and pilot escort vehicles for oversized loads. It will also discuss driver and supervisor responsibilities as well as considerations in vehicle acquisition, inspection, and maintenance.

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Environmental Safety

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be familiar with the terminology and key concepts of the major environmental laws and regulations, understand applicability criteria and exemptions, engage in hands-on exercises with real-life examples, and know where to find detailed resources. Participants will also understand fines, penalties and enforcement actions associated with non-compliance.

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Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO)/Machine Guarding

Learn the role and responsibility of employers to develop and implement lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) programs for the protection of workers while performing servicing and maintenance activities on machinery and equipment. Course topics include types of hazardous energy, detecting hazardous conditions, implementing control measures, and developing and implementing energy control programs. “How to’s” for written isolation procedures, training of authorized and affected employees, and periodic inspection of energy control procedures using the OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy Standard will also be included.

Machine guarding is an essential safeguard for protecting workers from preventable injuries. This section of the course will cover the various types of common machinery, machine safe guards, and related regulations and procedures. Along with guidance other topics will include machinery processes, mechanical motions, points of operation, guarding of portable powered tools, and common OSHA machine guarding violations.

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Fall Protection/Lifting Equipment Safety

Gain the ability to assess compliance with the OSHA/DOSH Fall Protection Standard for construction and get an overview of fall protection methods. Course topics also include principles of fall protection, components and limitations of fall arrest systems, and learning to evaluate installed passive systems and fall arrest systems, as well as develop and implement fall protection plans.

The course segment for Lifting Equipment Safety will cover hazards and injuries likely to occur in warehousing and storage operations. Students will learn to control and abate hazards from potential forklift injuries, material handling and lifting, exposure to hazardous substances, slips, trips, and falls.

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Confined Space/Excavation

The confined space course covers the safety and health hazards associated with permit-required confined space entry. Course topics include recognition of confined space hazards, evaluating atmospheric hazards, ventilation techniques, proper signage, and training requirements. Learn to identify permit and non-permit required confined spaces, reference the Confined Spaces Standard, and implement a permit-required confined space program.

Learn to assess compliance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, utilize soil testing methods to classify soil types and mechanics, determine protective systems for excavation operations, and training requirement.

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