May 2, 2019
AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting free safety courses for employers and employees. Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class.
Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance:
- Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
This half-day course provides training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jack stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training, and documentation required by various inspecting agencies. The course will provide the information needed for a safer workplace, which helps eliminate citations and can possibly lower a company's workers' compensation insurance. The course will have both classroom and hands-on training.
Public Sector Compliance:
- Friday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
- Tuesday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce Street, Suite 1, Presque Isle
This assistance program is for state, county, municipal, and quasi-municipal employers, managers, and employees. The program is an overview of public-sector employer responsibilities including injury/fatality reporting, written programs, training, equipment/facility inspections, and recordkeeping. In addition, this class covers SafetyWorks! assistance including training and no-cost safety and health consultation programs to proactively help employers before an accident or incident occurs.
Monday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta This session will cover the effects of noise on hearing. Students will learn about the anatomy of the ear, the physics of sound, the effectiveness of hearing protectors, and how to show workers how they can protect themselves against hearing loss from the noise exposure on and off the job.
Wage & Hour Compliance Assistance:
- Tuesday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Springvale CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale
- Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m. to noon, Rockland CareerCenter, 91 Camden Street, Suite 201, Rockland
- Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter, 23 Stanley Road, Hinckley
- Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Port Resources, 280B Gannett Drive, South Portland
This course is designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers, or payroll supervisors. Labor laws can be complex. This seminar covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave and domestic violence), and break requirements. Addresses commonly asked labor-related questions.
Mine Safety and Health Administration: Refresher:
- Thursday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires all surface mining (i.e., stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However, site-specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.
Mine safety and Health Administration: New Miner:
- Thursday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
This course covers eight hours of classroom training under Part 46 training requirements per the Mine Safety and Health Administration for all new miners. This is only a portion of the new miner training requirements; the balance of the training must be completed by the employer.
- Friday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3, Bangor
This class provides thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. You will learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to your organization. This class includes several hands-on activities on how to correctly fill out the required injury reporting forms.
Minors in the Workforce:
- Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
This course is designed for business owners, parents, superintendents and their issuing officers. Child Labor laws can be complex. This seminar covers wage and hour laws, youth employment, including work permits, allowable work hours and hazardous occupations. It also touches on minimum wage, required posters and break requirements, and addresses commonly asked child labor-related questions.
Impairment Detection Training for Employers:
- Thursday, May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce Street, Suite 1, Presque Isle
This training session is designed to help owners, managers, and supervisors recognize and respond appropriately to employee-impairment in the workplace in order to reduce worker accidents and injuries. Participants will be taught procedures to detect impairment regardless of the substance or cause. This class is designed to fulfill the federal DOT requirements for reasonable suspicion training of supervisors. In addition, participants will learn how to develop and implement policies that address impairment in the workplace and are in compliance with Maine's Substance Abuse Testing Law.
10-Hour Construction Standards:
- Thursday, May 23- Friday, May 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first day, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second day, Springvale CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale
This 1-day course offers basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate.
SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit www.safetyworksmaine.com .
The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maines regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maines workforce.
The State of Maine is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.