Safety Training

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

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Asbestos Safety Training

Asbestos Awareness General Worker & Supervisor Course

OSTS will provide the course outline, instructional materials (handouts, and audiovisuals), qualified instruction, and a final examination. Each student who completes the course will receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate verifies that each student has received the appropriate training for asbestos awareness, per applicable Cal/OSHA regulations.

Topics covered include:

Identification of Asbestos

  • Aerodynamic Characteristics
  • Typical Uses
  • Physical Appearance
  • Summary of Abatement Methods.

Potential Health Effects

  • The nature of Asbestos-related diseases
  • Routes of Exposure
  • Dose-response Relationships
  • Synergistic effect between cigarette smoking an asbestos exposure

Employee Personal Protection Equipment

  • Classes and characteristics of respirators
  • Limitation of respirators
  • Donning, use, maintenance and storage procedures for respirators
  • Qualitative/quantitative fit testing
  • Other PPE

State of the Art Work Practices

  • Proper work practices
  • Use of wet methods
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Emergency procedures for sudden releases
  • Transport and disposal procedures.

Personal Hygiene

  • Entry and exit procedures
  • Use of showers
  • Potential exposure

Additional Safety Hazards

  • Dealing the safety hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Fire and explosion
  • Confined spaces

Medical Monitoring

  • OSHA and EPA worker protection rule
  • Physical exam
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Medical history

Air Monitoring

  • Procedures to determine airborne concentrations of asbestos fibers
  • Personal air pump monitoring

Relevant Federal, State and local regulations

Establishment of Respiratory Protection programs

O & M Asbestos Training

OSHA and the EPA require an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Training Course for all employees who conduct repair and maintenance operations, where ACM/PACM is likely to be disturbed. Disturbance is defined as activities involving small amounts of ACM/PACM, no greater than the amount which can be contained in one standard sized glove bag or waste bag in order to access a building component. In no event shall an O&M worker be allowed to disturb more than one (60×60) of ACM/PACM without additional training. Operations and Maintenance Training includes the two hour Awareness Training and fourteen hours technical training.

Certificates will be provided to those who complete the course criteria. This course meets requirements outlined in AHERA and OSHA regulations and would be of prime concern to General Contractors, subcontractors, property managers, building supervisors, property owners and those construction trades involved in building renovations, repairs, remodeling or demolitions. Class can be taught in either English or Spanish.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

General Safety

Safety Training

Occupational Safety Training Systems has designed and developed a variety of safety solutions to fit your company’s safety needs. Our mission is to assist you in your efforts of creating a safe working environment.

Since 1990, OSTS Inc. has been a comprehensive occupational health and safety management consulting firm committed to the prosperity of it’s clients through injury and illness reduction, liability minimization and related cost containment.

Our focus is to achieve “Return on Investment” through increased employee production, reduced direct and indirect medical costs, and reduced Workers’ Compensation premiums.

Having a combined staff and resources with hundreds of years of experience and specialized expertise, OSTS Inc. can offer superior services to businesses of all types.

Select a class along the left-hand side of this page to view some of our courses and topics covered.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Back Injury

Back Injury Prevention Training

The purpose of the following information is to increase the awareness of the importance of practicing proper lifting techniques on a day-to-day basis. Most back injuries are caused by chronic exposure, not one-time incidents. ?We must be proactive and?persistent?in the correction of bad habits.

At the completion of our course students will be able to understand several techniques that can be used to maintain a healthy back, size up loads and properly judge your limits, understand the extreme forces placed on your back when not lifting correctly, and recognize common pitfalls in everyday activities and at work and home.

Course presentation may include: lecture, powerpoint, video, and/or student handouts.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.


Ergonomic Facility Evaluation/Class

O.S.T.S. will conduct a detailed evaluation of your facility, and production areas, to determine specific ergonomic related concerns, one of the most common injuries in the workplace is RMI (Repetitive Motion Injury). From the evaluation findings O.S.T.S. will develop a class curriculum specific to your environment.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Personal Protection

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This program is designed to assist employers in meeting the OSHA requirements for the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment. Employees will be trained in the requirements for the proper use and the selection of personal protective equipment, such as for eyes, face, head, hands, feet, clothing, and respiratory devices in their jobs.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens safety is of paramount concerns to both employees and employers alike.

Regulatory applicability

OSHA Standards specify who is and who is not impacted by this Regulation. This regulation was initially conceived to protect employees who work in the healthcare industry. During the research and development sessions for this regulation, it was determined that it is necessary to protect employees who work in Industry Sectors. Employees potentially exposed to bloodborne Pathogens in General Industry may include janitorial staff, CPR / First Aid personnel, and others employees who have a potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) during a collateral duty.

A collateral duty is defined as: Not a primary job responsibility (i.e. emergency assistance as CPR / first aid responder).

OSTS service desciption

OSTS can provide a BBP course for your employees as a stand-alone, one-hour session and / or combine it with our CPR / First Aid class. It is common for our clients to request the addition of bloodborne pathogens training with our CPR / First Aid class because first aid responders are captured by the BBP Standard.

Note: If you have employees who work with Sharps (means any object used or encountered in the industries covered by subsection (a) [(a) Scope and Application. This section applies to all occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials as defined by subsection (b) of this section. Exception: This regulation does not apply to the construction industry] that can be reasonably anticipated to penetrate the skin or any other part of the body, and to result in an exposure incident, including, but not limited to, needle devices, scalpels, lancets, broken glass, broken capillary tubes, exposed ends of dental wires and dental knives, drills and burs) they are captured by and require training as specified by this Standard.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Confined Space Entry

The following information regarding confined space training is the guideline for our course. However, OSTS will address acquire and address site-specific hazards in a manner to ensure applicability of information. Our instructors not only cover the required elements, but use Tabletop and Practical exercises to further enhance the effectiveness of the class.

Confined Space Entry Training

This Confined Space Entry course is designed to give the student the knowledge, skill, and reference material needed to safely be assigned as a Confined Space Entrant and / or Attendant. The course involves an in-depth study of the Confined Space regulation, including the definition of a “Permit-Required” and a “Non-Permit” confined space.

Additionally, students will be taught the safety requirements needed to provide a “Permit” for a Space and to conduct atmospheric testing. The material is presented in a fashion to facilitate learning. The students will receive a Reference Manual for use after the class. Tests will be given to all students who participate in the class. Students must pass the test before receiving Certificate of Participation for entry of “Confined Spaces”. Course curriculum meets or exceeds the training requirements specified by OSHA.

NOTE: The Employer must perform an annual review of all cancelled permits..

Other topics discussed include:

  • Appropriate equipping of personnel and space with safety / rescue devices
  • Proper Lockout / Tagout / Blockout of all necessary energy sources and machinery
  • Selection of proper personal protective equipment
  • Required Non-entry rescue equipment and responsibilities
  • Overview of requirements for an Entry Rescue team
  • Hands-On Training
  • Fall Protection requirements
  • Air Monitoring requirements
  • Set up of proper ventilation

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All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Drug and Alcohol

Drugs & Alcohol: Reasonable Suspicion Training

Supervisors & Non-Supervisors

The intent of this program is how outline and implement an effective employee Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. Supervisors will attend the entire program as the non-supervisors will attend the first portion of the program, giving them an awareness of Drugs & Alcohol in the workplace.

The Supervisor program will assist management with the tools to develop a drug free work environment by maintaining a strong and effective program. A Drug and Alcohol free workplace will help ensure that all employees are healthy and fit for work, thereby strengthening the existing safety program.

These are some of the topics that will be covered in this program:

  • Responsibility for determining “Reasonable Suspicion Testing”
  • Understanding the Rules
  • Alcohol and Controlled Substances:
  • Types of drugs and drinks
  • Signs and symptoms of use and abuse
  • When signs and symptoms may not indicate use/abuse
  • Health and Social Effects
  • Public Safety Concerns
  • Regulating a legal substance in the workplace (alcohol)
  • How the Rules affects Companies and Employees
  • Approaching Drivers:
  • Difficult Situations when approaching drivers
  • Review different types of situations
  • Skill Practice
  • Documentation: Filling out the “Observed Behavior Reasonable Suspicion Record”

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Ergonomic Evaluations

O.S.T.S. will conduct a detailed evaluation of your facility, and production areas, to determine specific ergonomic related concerns, one of the most common injuries in the workplace is RMI (Repetitive Motion Injury). From the evaluation findings O.S.T.S. will develop a class curriculum specific to your environment.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Fall Protection

This course is designed as a general awareness course and includes regulatory guidelines (Cal/OSHA CCR Title 8 §3299 Appendix C) along with video training identification, inspection, use and care of generic fall protection equipment.

The course also includes hands-on training with the contractors particular equipment that is currently in use. Instructor will utilize contractor-supplied equipment and provide demonstration, application and safe use of equipment.

Some topics covered but are not limited to:

  • Fall restraint vs Fall arrest
  • Conventional Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection for Lift Equipment
  • Body Holding devices – Harness – Waist belt – Horizontal Lifelines
  • Student suspension exercises

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Forklift Instructor Course

This is one of our popular Train-the-Trainer courses.

Our course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, techniques and materials to enable him / her to instruct other employees in the safe operation of industrial trucks per Cal OSHA Regulation Section 3668. The course reaffirms the safety principles of forklift operation and addresses the instruction techiniques necessary to effectively communicate the information to the operators. Students successfully completing the course will be provided instructor certification and an Instructor Manual which includes coursework, English and Spanish exams, and other helpful teaching materials.

Optional Materials

You have the option of purchasing videos and other written materials that have been used by our instructors to teach thousands of students. The additional materials include a three-video set packaged in a vacuum-formed binder, 10 student booklets, 10 wall certificates, and 10 certification cards. The videos and student booklets are available in English or Spanish.

This course can be taught at your location or ours.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Hazard Communication

The following information of hazardous materials training is the guideline for our course. However, OSTS will address the following issues in a site-specific manner to ensure applicability of information. Our instructors not only cover the required elements, but use Tabletop and Practical exercises to further enhance the value of the class.

Program Development

OSTS will develop your Hazard Communications Program as required by Cal OSHA, CCR Title 8 Section 5194. The program will include all necessary policies and procedures.

Program Implementation

Training for Safety Director and /or Committee on how to implement and manage the program.

Employee Orientation

This session will ensure that all employees understand their responsibility as it relates to the company’s Hazard Communications Program safety plan.

Hazard Communication Employee Training

This training session will ensure that the students understand the potential for exposure and their liability and responsibility as it relates to the company’s Hazard Communication Program. Individuals who participate in this training will be given a comprehensive overview of the Standard, your written policies and procedures, Material Safety Data Sheets, appropriate hazard labeling, and the “Employee Right-To-Know” (Prop. 65) information. Participants will receive materials/handouts needed to assist in subject retention.

The session will consist of lecture, handouts and video presentation.

Hazard Communication Standard.

This standard is designed to ensure that employers and employees know about hazardous chemicals in the workplace and how to protect themselves. Employers with employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace must prepare and implement a written Hazard Communication Program and comply with other requirements of the standard.

Machine Guarding

Occupational Safety Training Systems offers your company a convenient way to meet your OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212 requirements regarding Machine Safeguard Training.

Our Machine Safeguard Training Program helps employees increase their efficiency, while lowering your company’s liability cost related to workplace injuries.

A trained, certified instructor will conduct training that meets Cal OSHA specifications either in English or Spanish at your facility.

Machine Safeguard Training is composed of  instruction combined with a written examination.

Topics covered in the class:

  • Identifying Hazards
  • Controlling Hazards
  • Safeguarding Methods
  • Types of Guards
  • Types of Devices
  • Clothing & Jewelry Restrictions
  • Lockout/Tagout Procedures
  • Preventative Maintenance

Program Management

Ongoing Services

Program Management safety services are designed to ensure that your employees receive and understand all pertinent information related to the company’s safety program goals. The presentation of material is focused on employee health and safety, company-specific policies, and regulatory requirements.

The three primary ongoing services include:

  • Safety Committee Meetings Safety Committee Meetings include facilitation and regulatory guidance of meeting subject matter. OSTS will assign, if not already selected, an employee to take minutes of these meetings and post them in the appropriate languages for all employees to read.
  • Employee Safety Training Employee training sessions may include lecture, hands-on, video and/or handout materials as determined necessary. O.S.T.S., Inc. will encourage questions and provide appropriate / company-positive answers.
  • Follow-up facility safety inspections Follow-up facility inspections include verification of corrective actions related to items uncovered during a previous “Comprehensive” or “Follow-Up” facility audit. Additionally, newly uncovered items will be added to the perpetual auditing report for discussion in the next Safety Committee meeting.

Employee Safety Training Topics (English or Spanish as needed)

The following is a list of common topics that may be considered for the regularly scheduled employee safety training sessions. This is NOT a complete listing of available topics. OSTS can put together a customized list of suggested topics based on your company’s specific hazards.

  • IIPP Orientation
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Hand Protection
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Fire Prevention Safety
  • Eye Protection
  • Fire Extinguisher Use
  • Basic Electrical Safety
  • Slips/Trips/Falls
  • Lockout / Tagout / Blockout
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Ergonomics: Office
  • Ergonomics: Manufacturing
  • Evacuation Drill facilitation (may be combined with Emergency Preparedness Training)
  • Machine Guarding
  • Safety Housekeeping

Many other topics are available * These items require development of formal written programs per CCR Title 8 regulations.

Safety and Health Management Guidelines

Scope and Application. (1) This guideline applies to all places of employment which are covered by OSHA standards in 29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, 1917 and 1918.

(2) This guideline does not apply to places of employment which are covered by OSHA standards found in 29 CFR Part 1926.

Introduction. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has concluded that effective management of worker safety and health protection is a decisive factor in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses. Effective management addresses all work-related hazards, including those potential hazards which could result from a change in worksite conditions or practices. It addresses hazards whether or not they are regulated by government standards.

OSHA has reached this conclusion in the course of its evaluation of worksites in its enforcement program, its State-operated consultation program, and its Voluntary Protection Programs. These evaluations have revealed a basic relationship between effective management of worker safety and health protection and a low incidence and severity of employee injuries. Such management also correlates with the elimination or adequate control of employee exposure to toxic substances and other unhealthful conditions.

OSHA’s experience in the Voluntary Protection Programs has also indicated that effective management of safety and health protection improves employee moral and productivity, as well as significantly reducing workers’ compensation costs and other less obvious costs of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Through an analysis of public comment received in response to its request and through an earlier review of literature. OSHA has found that the conclusions it has reached from its own experience are supported by a substantial body of expert and practitioner opinion.

Based on this cumulative evidence that systematic management policies, procedures and practices are fundamental to the reduction of work-related injuries an dillnesses an dtheir attendant economic costs. OSHA offers the following guidelines for effective management of worker safety and health protection. OSHA urges all employers to establish and to maintain programs which meet these guidelines in a manner which addresses the specific operations and conditions of their worksites.

The Guidelines

(a) General. (1) Employers are advised and encouraged to institute and maintain in their establishments a program which provides systematic policies, procedures, and practices that are adequate to recognize and protect their employees from occupational safety and health hazards.

(2) An effective program includes provisions for the systematic identification, evaluation, and prevention or control of general workplace hazards, specific job hazards, and potential hazards which may arise from foreseeable conditions.

(3) Although compliance with the law, including specific OSHA standards, is an important objective, and effective program looks beyond specific requirements of law to address all hazards. It will seek to prevent injuries and illnesses, whether or not compliance is at issue.

(4) The extent to which the program is described in writing is less important then how effective it is in practice. As the size of a worksite or the complexity of a hazardous operation increases, however, the need for written guidance increases to ensure clear communications of policies and priorities and consistent and fair application of rules.

(b) Major Elements. An effective occupational safety and health program will include the following four elements. To implement these elements, it will include the actions described in paragraph (c).

(1) Management commitment and employee involvement are complementary. Management commitment provides the motivating force and the resources for organizing and controlling activities within an organization. In an effective program, management regards workers safety and health as a fundamental value of the organization and applies its commitment to safety and health protection with as much vigor as to other organizational purposes. Employee involvement provides the means through which workers develop and/or express their own commitment to safety and health protection, for themselves and for their fellow workers.

(2) Worksite analysis involves a variety of worksite examinations, to identify not only existing hazards but also conditions and operations in which changes might occur to create hazards. Unawareness of a hazard which stems from failure to examine the worksite is a sure sign that safety and health policies and/or practices are ineffective. Effective management actively analyzes the work and worksite, to anticipate and prevent harmful occurrences.

(3) Hazard prevention and controls are triggered by a determination that a hazard or potential hazard exists. Where feasible, hazards are prevented by effective design of the jobsite or job. Where it is not feasible to eliminate them, they are controlled to prevent unsafe and unhealthful exposure. Elimination or controls is accomplished in a timely manner, once a hazard or potential hazard is recognized.

(4) Safety and health training addresses the safety and health responsibilities of all personnel concerned with the site, whether salaried or hourly. If is often most effective when incorporated into other training about performance requirements and job practices. Its complexity depends on the size and complexity of the worksite, and the nature of the hazards and potential hazards at the site.

(c) Recommended Actions (i) Management Commitment and Employee Involvement. (i) State clearly a worksite policy on safe and healthful work and working conditions, so that all personnel with responsibility at the site and personnel at other locations with responsibility for the site understand the priority of safety and health protection in relation to other organizational values.

(ii) Establish and communicate a clear goal for the safety and health program and objectives for meeting that goal, so that all members of the organization understand the results desired and the measures planned for achieving them.

(iii) Provide visible top management involvement in implementing the program, so that all will understand that management’s commitments is serious.

(iv) Provides for the encourage employee involvement in the structure and operation of the program and in decisions that affect their safety and health, so that they will commit their insight and energy to achieving the safety and health program’s goal and objectives.

(v) Assign and communicate responsibility for all aspects of the program so that manages, supervisors, and employees in all parts of the organization know what performance is expected of them.

(vi) Provide adequate authority and resources to responsible parties, so that assigned responsibilities can be met.

(vii) Hold managers, supervisors, and employees accountable for meeting their responsibilities, so that essential tasks will be performed.

(viii) Review program operations at least annually to evaluate their success in meeting the goal and objectives, so that deficiencies can be identified and the program and/or the objectives can be revised when they do not meet the goal of effective safety and health protection. (2) Worksite Analysis. (i) So that all hazards are identified:

(A) Conduct comprehensive baseline worksite surveys for safety and health and periodic comprehensive update surveys:

(B) Analyze planned and new facilities, processes, materials, and equipment; and

(C) Perform routine job hazard analyses.

(ii) Provide for regular site safety and health inspection, so that new or previously missed hazards and failures in hazard controls are identified.

(iii) So that employee insight and experience in safety and health protection may be utilized and employee concerns may be addressed, provide a reliable system for employees, without fear of reprisal, to notify management personnel about conditions that appear hazardous and to receive timely and appropriate responses; and encourage employees to use the system. (iv) Provide for investigation of accidents and “near miss” incidents, so that their causes and means for their prevention are identified.

(v) Analyze injury and illness trends over time, so that patterns with common causes can be identified and prevented.

(3) Hazard Prevention and Control. (i) So that all current and potential hazards, however detected, are corrected or controlled in a timely manner, established procedures for that purpose, using the following measures:

(A) Engineering techniques where feasible and appropriate:

(B) Procedures for safe work which are understood and followed by all affected parties, as a result of training, positive reinforcement, correction of unsafe performance, and, if necessary, enforcement through a clearly communicated disciplinary system:

(C) Provision of personal protective equipment; and

(D) Administrative controls, such as reducing the duration of exposure.

(ii) Provide for facility and equipment maintenance, so that hazardous breakdown is prevented.

(iii) Plan and prepare for emergencies, and conduct training and drills as needed, so that the response of all parties to emergencies will be second nature.

(iv) Establish a medical program which includes availability of first aid on site and of physician and emergency medical care nearby, so that harm will be minimized if any injury or illness does occur.

(4) Safety and Health Training. (i) Ensure that all employees understand the hazards to which they may be exposed and how to prevent harm to themselves and others from exposure to these hazards, so that employees accept and follow established safety and health protections.

(ii) So that supervisors will carry out their safety and health responsibilities effectively, ensure that they understand those responsibilities and the reasons for them, including:

(A) Analyzing the work under their supervision to identify unrecognized potential hazards:

(B) Maintaining physical protections in their work areas; and

(C) Reinforcing employee training on the nature of potential hazards in their work and on needed protective measures, through continual performance feedback and, if necessary, through enforcement of safe work practices.

(iii) Ensure that managers understand their safety and health responsibilities, as described under (c)(1). “Management Commitment and Employee Involvement,” so that the managers will effectively carry out those responsibilities.

The Commentary

(Paragraph by Paragraph)

This Commentary indicates the background and rationale for each part of the guidelines. To facilitate its use, each segment of the guidelines except the introduction is repented just before it is discussed. The background of the introduction immediately follows this paragraph.

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

The purpose of this training is to educate your employees about harassment and its effects on individuals within the business environment.

California AB1825 mandate that went into effect on January 1, 2005, requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide training and education on sexual harassment for supervisors every two years. The program can be presented in Spanish or English at client’s request.

I. Manager/Supervisor Workshop

“Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – What Employers Need to Know”

This Workshop provides managers and supervisors with a better understanding of what sexual harassment is and how it impacts business operations. Managers and Supervisors will gain knowledge and understanding of the legal ramifications of allowing sexual harassment to exist in the workplace and the necessary steps they must take to ensure that sexual harassment is prevented and/or stopped.

Manager/Supervisor Workshop Overview

    • Defining Sexual Harassment
    • Basic Types of Harassment
    • What Constitutes Harassing Behavior
    • How to Recognize Offensive Behavior
    • Consequences of Underestimating

the Problem

  • Managements Role & Responsibilities
  • Developing a Plan to Prevent Sexual Harassment
  • How to Investigate Sexual
  • Harassment Claims
  • Communicating and Training Employees

All training is performed in accordance with Federal OSHA, applicable State-chartered OSHA, and other State Regulations and local Ordinances.

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