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August 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2018

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

Class registration: www.safetyworksmaine.gov or 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345)

AUGUSTA‚€”The Maine Department of Labor‚€™s Bureau of Labor Standards hosts its no-charge fire protection courses for fire chiefs, training or other officers, or firefighters interested in being compliant with federal regulations and state statute regarding the maintenance care and use of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class.

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.

Fire Service Respiratory Protection and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus - Monday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This class will cover the OSHA respiratory protection standard, state statutes, and agency rules relating to the fire services use of SCBA. Other topics include written programs, medical clearances, fit testing, facial hair, two-in, two-out, annual training requirements, flow and hydrostatic testing requirements, weekly/monthly checks, the OSHA and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) rules for breathing air compressors, licensing, maintenance and recordkeeping.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) no. 1 Fire Code - Thursday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This full-day course provides overview training to fire fighters and emergency response personnel. This multi-part document has 16 sections to safeguard life and protect property from dangerous conditions caused by fire and explosion. Other fire codes including NFPA 101, 57, 58, 30, 13, 25, and 72 are referred to in this code.

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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