Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in November Bookmark and Share

October 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2017

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009

Class registration: 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345)

Space is available for classes in Augusta and Bangor.

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers and employees throughout November. Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class.

“Safety is good business for the employee and the company,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Our experienced staff visit your facility to provide advice only at your request and help you identify hazards to help reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses. Visit safetyworksmaine.gov to learn more.”

Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees in the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta, unless otherwise noted.

Driver Awareness -- Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street

Transportation-related crashes are the leading cause of workplace death in Maine. Driver awareness training can help your organization reduce crashes that cause property damage, injury and death. Learn about Maine motor vehicle laws, defensive driving techniques, and resources for tracking traffic safety awareness.

Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance -- Thursday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

Lead Safety -- Monday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This course will provide information on OSHA’s Lead Standards for Construction and General Industry, covering the symptoms of lead exposure, permissible exposure limits and action levels, workplace exposure assessment and air monitoring, the Written Compliance Program Selection, use of respirators and other PPE, and safe work practices. The information obtained in this lead safety program will help your company reduce employee injuries, lower workers’ compensation premiums, and reduce overall risk of OSHA imposed citations.

Train-the-Trainer: Bloodborne Pathogens -- Tuesday, November 14, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If your job responsibilities involve occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, this course is for you. This class will instruct you on how the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) applies to non-healthcare employers. This training is designed to provide an understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of transmission, methods of prevention, developing an exposure control plan, and required training for employees. Training materials will be provided.

10-Hour Construction Standards -- Thursday, November 16 through Friday, November 17

This one-and-a-half-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. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.

Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis -- Wednesday, November 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When work doesn’t go as planned, accidents and near-misses happen. Investigating these incidents can prevent similar or even more serious problems from happening. Learn how to conduct a thorough accident/incident investigation and how to use your results to prevent future accidents.

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.gov .

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s 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 Maine’s workforce.

The State of Maine is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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