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Cabinet to Hold Free OSHA Training in Lexington
Kentucky Ag Connection - 02/13/2018

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training in Lexington from March 12-16. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Labor Cabinet's Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year.

Population Center Training courses are for both employers and employees and are typically given over a one-week period at each location. The courses are designed to outline the requirements contained in the various subparts of the General Industry and Construction Standards, covering both safety and health issues. All classes are free of charge and open to the public.

- March 12, Overview of the Kentucky OSH Program, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This course discusses the obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace, free from recognized hazards. Topics of discussion include the operations of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program, including enforcement and voluntary compliance services, and safety and health topics currently being considered for future standards and policies.

- March 12, Hazard Communication, 1-4 p.m. This course covers the basic requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200 and the revised provision of the standard as they relate to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Attendees will learn about the revised standard, which will include chemical hazard classification, written program requirements, container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets, and associated phase-in dates for the new requirements under GHS.

- March 13, Injury and Illness Recordkeeping 8 a.m.-noon. This course is for those persons responsible for maintaining the revised injury and illness records. The forms 300, 301, 300A will be covered. The regulations and guidelines for recordkeeping will be discussed, as well as the compliance directive that the Kentucky OSH compliance officer will use to evaluate records. Time permitting, a recordkeeping example workshop will also be part of the course. (CEUs available for this class from OSHA OTI)

- March 13, Bloodborne Pathogens 1-4 p.m. This course explains the measures that must be implemented to protect employees from the hazards of occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials containing bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus, and human immunodeficiency virus. Topics of discussion include: applicable definitions; infection control; engineering and work practice controls; including universal precautions; personal protective equipment; housekeeping; medical evaluations; warning signs and labels; and, training of employees.

- March 14, New Silica Standard 8:30-11:30 a.m. This course will cover OSHA's Final Rule for Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica that was published on March 25, 2016. The new rule covers specifics for General Industry and Construction including: the history of silica, the new Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) vs. the previous PEL formula, exposure assessment, regulated areas, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, medical surveillance, recordkeeping and compliance dates for General Industry and Construction. Engineering and work practice controls for Table 1 in construction will also be included.

- March 14, Walking Working Surfaces 1-4 p.m. Attendees can learn about the requirements carried by 1910, Subpart D. Included in this class are the requirements for working on elevated surfaces from fixed and portable ladders. Methods for identifying and correcting hazards typical to the general industry workplace are presented with thought-provoking classroom discussion.

- March 15, Commercial Fall Protection Part 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Part 1 of the Fall Protection course will cover recent changes in the OSHA Federal and State Fall Protection standards for general industry and construction including the newly proposed changes to the ANZI Fall Protection Standards System. Topics include: the requirements to provide a fall protection system; the description and requirements for the various types of fall protection systems; training; and, associated requirements.

- March 15, Commercial Fall Protection Part 2, 1-4 p.m. Part 2 of the Fall Protection course will provide hands-on training in Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) and Fall Restraint Systems, as well as Retractable Life Lines, Lanyards, and anchorages. Students should be prepared to don and doff harnesses, ladder belts, and attached devices such as retractable lanyards and lanyards. Attendees are encouraged to bring gloves rated for rigging and climbing to use while handling devices. There is no climbing in the class.

- March 16, Wage and Hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m. This session provides an overview of Kentucky wage and hour laws, such as minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, illegal deductions, and payment of wages.

- March 16, KYSAFE and Elearning, 9:30-10:30 a.m. This session provides an overview of the free training modules and webinars available as part of the KYSAFE online training resource.

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