What is OSHA and Why is it Necessary?

Every workplace has its own set of safety issues and the construction industry is definitely no exception. Each year nearly 6,000 workplace fatalities are reported nationally and 50,000 deaths occur from workplace-related illnesses.  OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration and was created within the Department of Labor. OSHA is responsible for worker safety and health protection.

The information below is an actual snippet from the Builders License Training Institute's  Construction Safety Standards Course.

Is there a need for OSHA?

Each year there are:

  • Nearly 6,000 workplace fatalities nationally
  • 50,000 deaths from workplace-related illnesses
  • 7 million non-fatal workplace injuries
  • Injuries alone cost US businesses over $125 billion

Since 1970 OSHA has:

  • Helped cut the work-related fatality rate in half
  • Worked with employers and employees to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses by 40%
  • Virtually eliminated brown lung disease in the textile industry, and
  • Reduced trenching and excavation fatalities by 35%

What does OSHA do?

  • Encourages employers and employees to implement new, or improve existing safety and health programs by providing assistance, training and other support programs
  • Develops mandatory job safety and health standards
  • Enforces mandatory job safety and health standards
  • Maintains a reporting and record keeping system to monitor job-related injuries and illnesses

Who is covered by OSHA?

  • Most private sector employees
  • Does not cover the self-employed or immediate members of farm families that do not employ outside workers

OSHA develops and enforces standards that employers must follow.  Where OSHA does not have standards, employers are responsible for following the OSHA's General Duty Clause. Employers must furnish a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

SUMMARY

  • OSHA helps save lives and prevent injuries.
  • OSHA balances a cooperative approach with traditional enforcement.
  • OSHA standards are the enforceable requirements for worker safety and health.
  • Inspections are OSHA's way to ensure compliance.
  • OSHA offers various means of assistance.

Builders License Exam Prep & State Approved Continuing Education

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Minnesota Contractors

Contractors are generally considered a rough and rowdy bunch, ready to take on challenges and weather conditions that most professions wouldn’t even consider.  Minnesota Contractors are no exception.  They’re used to long cold winters with gray cloudy days and below-freezing temperatures.

If you’re going to stay in business in the “Great White North” you’re going to need to weather the elements from time to time. Here are a few tips to help you and your crew stay safe and warm on the job site.

  • Keep track of weather forecasts and adjust your schedule and location accordingly.
    It’s just common sense to have your guys working indoors during an ice storm instead of the roof.
  • Make sure your workers are wearing the proper protective clothing and equipment.
    You should require everyone to wear the right clothing, heavy socks, insulated boots and shoes with non-slip soles, gloves, hats, heavy jackets etc. to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Companies such as The Warming Store, Milwaukee and DeWalt offer winter gear with heating elements built right into the garment.
  • Provide a warm break area with proper heating and ventilation.
    Encourage your crew to fill their thermos with plenty of hot water. Drinking hot/warm water will help to maintain body temperature.
  • Educate supervisors and crew members on the signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite.
    They should all be able to spot signs and symptoms of Hypothermia and Frostbite and know when to seek medical attention for themselves and/or crew members.

Following these simple suggestions and more will ensure that you and your crew will be warm and safe during Minnesota’s harshest winter work days. Of course, on really bad days, you and your crew can stay on top your licensing requirements by getting and/or maintaining your Minnesota Building Contractor License.

Currently licensed Building Contractors are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education every two years by the anniversary of licensure.  The Builders License Training Institute will help you meet those requirements with your choice of 3 Complete 14-hour Renewal Packages.  Save money with a package or choose any combination of continuing education courses to meet your state license renewal requirements. They’re all online anytime 24/7, fast, easy and convenient!  They even offer Code Official CE.

Online courses are available at the Builders License Training Institute. They offer exam prep courses for anyone wanting their Builders and Re-modelers or Roofers License.   There’s even a money-saving Builders and Remodelers License Exam Course & Book Package! Get started today!

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Mississippi Construction Contractors, Stay Safe Out There!

Construction site accidents cost builders and contractors both time and money, as well as, damaging your reputation with clients and employees. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as excavation cave-ins, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, and electrocutions. OSHA safety standards are designed to reduce on-the-job injuries; health standards to limit workers’ risk of developing an occupational disease.

The Builders License Training Institute has developed a two-hour Mississippi state-approved online video course designed to help identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards. We’ll teach you to identify hazards before they impact your business.

The course is called Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II, and is offered as a 2-hour online continuing education course.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Name factors that pose a hazard to employees working in excavations, and identify how to reduce those hazards.
  • Outline at least three procedures that must be followed in order to control and minimize on-the-job injuries.
  • Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.

Safety should be your primary concern on the job site. The more knowledgeable you are, the safer you and your workers will be. Take the course, earn your CE credits and stay safe out there!

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No Construction Company Is Immune To Workplace Hazards, Vermont Building Contractors Are No Exception

The construction industry contributes close to 4% of America's workforce.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 1034 construction workplace fatalities in 2016. We've all heard horror stories of workplace catastrophes, injuries and near death experiences on the job site.  There are four major causes of construction fatalities, falls, electrocution, being struck by an object and getting caught in between or inside a piece of equipment or an object at the job site.  Although we do our best, accidents and injuries do happen. One can only imagine the pain and suffering that could have been avoided had there been appropriate safety procedures and staff training in place. Safety should always be at the forefront of everyone's mind while on the job. The Builders License Training Institute offers online video courses designed to assist you in identifying, reducing and eliminating construction-related hazards. They are well worth the price tag and a few hours of your time if the information they contain saves you or your workers from unnecessary and avoidable dangers. Check them out below.

Construction Safety Standards

Course Description

This six-hour video course is a review of the safety codes required for residential construction.  Students will be able to understand and describe the basic components of a construction safety program.  They will recognize the hazards inherent at a construction job site and describe ways to prevent those hazards.  Finally, students will learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices.

Learning objectives are provided to facilitate understanding and progress.   Informal progress checks throughout the module will help you review and measure your understanding of the material.  The assessment at the end of each chapter accurately reflects learning objectives.  A 70% score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.
  • Identify the hazards that prompt the use of fall protection for workers at the job site.
  • Outline at least three procedures that must be followed in order to control and minimize workplace hazards.
  • Create a working emergency action and fire prevention plan.
  • Name factors that pose a hazard to employees working in excavations, and identify how to reduce those hazards.
  • Summarize "best practices" for proper handling, storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials.

Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I

Course Description

Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large-scale painting jobs. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, faulty ladders, unguarded stairs and scaffolds, and improperly designed egress routes. OSHA safety standards are designed to reduce on-the-job injuries; health standards to limit workers' risk of developing an occupational disease.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.
  • Identify the hazards that prompt the use of fall protection for workers at the job site.
  • job site at least three procedures that must be followed in order to control and minimize workplace hazards.
  • Create a working emergency action and fire prevention plan.

Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II

Course Description

Construction is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large-scale painting jobs. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as excavation cave-ins, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, and hazardous materials.  OSHA safety standards are designed to reduce on-the-job injuries; health standards to limit workers' risk of developing an occupational disease. This three-hour online video course is designed to assist those in the industry to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Name factors that pose a hazard to employees working in excavations, and identify how to reduce those hazards.
  • Outline at least three procedures that must be followed in order to control and minimize on-the-job injuries.
  • Summarize "best practices" for proper handling, storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.

A little time spent learning how to avoid catastrophe now will save you and your workers time, in the long run, cleaning up after the unthinkable. Start now by educating yourself and workers about job site safety. You'll save time and money by always playing it safe.

 

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