Safety Training

When you implement safety procedures, it's important to make sure all parties are properly trained, including safety managers, coordinators, and employees. Nain provides safety training in both general industry and construction industries.

We are based in Hickory, NC but provide safety training to companies and industries in Charlotte, Atlanta, and throughout the Southeast. Nain is happy to provide on-site safety training at your facility or, if you prefer, you may designate a more convenient location for you.

Safety Training Services

5S is the term used to signify a workplace method, of Japanese origin, for organizing a work space for efficiency and effectiveness, by identifying and storing items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order. The decision-making process comes from a dialogue about standardization and understanding among employees of how they should do the work. The 5S phases include Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. This course explores the methodologies and their applications to unique client situations.

Many employees, particularly in construction and manufacturing enterprises, utilize and/or work from heights on machinery with moving parts, operated by themselves or others. These include lifts, buckets, mechanized access platforms, aerial work platforms (aerial device, elevating work platform, mobile elevating work platform). They are generally used for temporary, flexible access or transport purposes such as maintenance and construction, which distinguishes them from permanent access equipment such as elevators. Extensive training is required for operators and extensive safety device and protocols are required. This course reviews the nature of this specialized equipment and the OSHA regulations and requirements that govern their use. A combination of “hands-on” and classroom training is provided. Train the trainer is available. Wallet cards are issued upon successful completion of the course. A test is administered.

An expert instructor-led training course that provides various types of organizations with preparation and a plan on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. This program offers option based tactics as the accepted response, rather than the traditional lockdown only approach. Protection and safety must be the priority in an active shooter event or terrorist attack, and these are the foundation elements of this training. Circumstantial and operational concerns vary in every new situation, and the training addresses the unique challenges specific to each major sector.

This course will explore the cause, nature, hazard and prevention of the phenomenon of arc flash. Arc flash is the electrical current produced as part of a type of electrical explosion or discharge the results from a connection through air to ground or another voltage phase in an electrical system. The shock that may be emitted by an arc flash is highly dangerous and even fatal to those who come in contact with it. Measures to prevent these electrical charges from occurring are essential knowledge for qualified electrical workers. The course teaches NFPA 70E requirements along with electrical regulations and requirements of OSHA 1926 Subpart K. A test is administered and take-home materials are provided to facilitate continued safe work on the job and at home. The course ranges from 4 to 6 hours in length. Wallet cards are provided upon successful completion of the course. This training is required every three years for qualified electrical workers working with 50 volts or more. This can include any employee who works with over 50 volts.

Exposure to asbestos in the form of fibers is always considered dangerous. Working with, or exposure to, materials or works that could cause release of loose asbestos fibers, is considered high risk. This course reviews the dangers of employees working with or around asbestos and the OSHA standards that govern it. This includes the requirements for asbestos abatement projects.

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious organisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needle sticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. For workers who may experience injuries from dealing with sharp objects as well as workers who may be exposed to human blood, it is essential, and an OSHA requirement for there to be safeguards in place to prevent and treat exposure. This course will review the hazards and safeguards employers should take to protect employees.

This course explores the risks associated with employees working with various chemicals and their hazards. OSHA standards governing the use of chemicals and their handling will be reviewed. The use and value of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) will be discussed. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be reviewed and ways to reduce the risk from employees' exposure to chemicals.

This course is taught for both General Industry and Construction courses, depending of the nature of the company/client. OSHA defines a confined space as being made up of three main parts: 1) being large enough for an employee to enter and perform work; 2) has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and 3) is not designated for continuous occupancy. Some of the hazards associated with confined spaces include: toxic atmosphere, oxygen deficiency or enrichment, flammable or explosive atmospheres, and excessive heat. This course reviews the hazards of confined spaces, their identification and safety precautions. The features and requirements for permit required confined spaces and non-permitted confined space are addressed. It includes regulatory requirements, reclassifying, alternate procedures, for construction companies – construction provisions, case studies, air monitoring, rescue requirements, and all other provisions of the regulation. If applicable, competent person wallet cards can be issued for construction workers.

Confined space rescue is an advanced course intended for qualified employees who will be serving the purpose of rescue from confined spaces (personnel who are injured or overcome while working in a confined space). In addition to “hands-on” training utilizing equipment and mannequin, It reviews the content about confined space entry and focuses students’ attention on the basic to very complex processes that are involved in rescuing workers who are trapped in a confined space. The course reviews the methods of preparation for entry (such as determining the extent of risk and hazards in the space and the numbers and injuries of the trapped workers), the various techniques and technologies used to navigate the space and bring workers to safety, and the protections required to ensure the safety of the rescuers themselves. OSHA standards and requirements governing this area will be discussed. This course is highly recommended for companies where the nature of work involves workers who will be involved in confined space rescue.

This combination course utilizes certified instructors in these topics and provide students with an American Heart Association or Red Cross card on completion. The standard American Heart Association and Red Cross course content in CPR, basic first aid and the use of an AED are offered. The course includes regular instruction and hands-on practice exercises. Many employers have workers who are certified on site.

Courses addressing Department of Transportation regulations and compliance with them are offered. These generally apply to the trucking and busing industries. However, these industries are also regulated by the EPA and the federal Department of Transportation.

According to OSHA, workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors at work, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk factors increases a worker’s risk of injury. These can be prevented. Ergonomics – fitting a job to a person – helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity and reduces the number and severity of work-related injuries. This course reviews the common risks found in a particular industry, the nature of ergonomic planning of work, and various ways that injuries can be prevented in the workplace.

A major cause of worker injuries and fatalities, these processes, generally associated with construction operations, have clear OSHA regulatory requirements, and must be properly understood and managed by employers, who must ensure worker safety. An excavation is any man-made cut, cavity, trench or depression in an earth surface formed by earth removal. Dangers include cave-ins, falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving mobile equipment. This course addresses the hazards of excavations and trenches, their elimination, the OSHA requirements governing, and the training, designation and roles of competent persons.

According to OSHA, falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must arrange the workplace to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations, or into holes in the floors and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, or six feet in the construction industry. OSHA also requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance. This course addresses fall hazards and protections, the OSHA requirements for fall protection, personal protective equipment (PPE), and the training of workers.

While it may seem basic, many people do not know how to use a fire extinguisher. Many employers are unaware that OSHA requires annual training for employees who are designated to use a fire extinguisher in the workplace. This training also requires “hands-on” training. This course also informs employers as to its options and requirements for selecting employees to use fire extinguishers. It is essential for workplace safety for employees know how to operate a fire extinguisher and where they are stored, in a visible place, in the workplace. It is also important for employers to know the requirements for regular maintenance of the extinguishers.

The purpose of hazard communication training is to explain and reinforce the information presented to employees through the written mediums of labels and safety data sheets, and to apply this information in their workplace. Labels and safety data sheets will only be successful when employees understand the information presented and are aware of the actions to be taken to avoid or minimize exposure, and thus the occurrence of adverse effects.

Training helps to integrate and classify the many pieces of information that relate to chemical hazard communication. In a typical workplace, a worker may be confronted with posted hazard warnings, signs, tags, incoming labels, workplace labels, safety data sheets (SDSs), manuals explaining the company hazard communication program, lists of chemicals, and information furnished by the manufacturer, employer, unions, etc. This wide variety of communications will differ in format, content and reading level. These differences can obscure the important hazard communication message. Training can reduce this background "noise" by presenting the necessary information in a structured and logical manner.

Training sessions serve another important purpose - they provide a forum for employees to share their health and safety concerns, and to obtain answers from managers and occupational health and safety professionals. Employees can also share their ideas and job experiences - they often have acquired real expertise in dealing with potentially hazardous situations. This then allows employees to have a hand in their own protection against the many hazards chemicals can present.

There are three levels for HAZWOPER training as listed in the OSHA 1910.120 regulations. The first level for pertains to emergency response. The second level is clean up of contaminated hazardous waste sites and the last level pertains to the treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) of hazardous waste. Within these 3 categories are various job functions and training requirements. Each of these levels offer HAZWOPER certification for the different job functions.

Hearing conservation programs strive to prevent initial occupational hearing loss, preserve and protect remaining hearing, and equip workers with the knowledge and hearing protection devices necessary to safeguard themselves. Employers are required to measure noise levels; provide free annual hearing exams, hearing protection, and training; and conduct evaluations of the adequacy of the hearing protectors in use (unless changes made to tools, equipment, and schedules result in worker noise exposure levels that are less than the 85 dBA). Research indicates that workplaces with appropriate and effective hearing conservation programs have higher levels of worker productivity and a lower incidence of absenteeism.

Hot Work is any work that involves working with or around open flames or sparks, or anything that could potentially start a fire. This Hot Work training course is designed to make you aware of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry standard Subpart Q for Hot Work.

“Lockout/Tagout” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.

“Lockout” is the placement of a lockout device on an energy-isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, ensuring that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled cannot be operated until the lockout device is removed.

“Tagout” is the placement of a tagout device on an energy-isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.

We provide training in this area on both the Affected and Authorized personnel level.

This course is customized to each worksite’s particular situation and needs. Generally, the employee orientation provides an overview of OSHA, safety in the workplace topics, such as managing safety and health, identifying, communicating and addressing hazards, emergency action and fire protection and protection plans. In addition, introductions can be provided for topics specific to the worksite, such as personal protective equipment, hazardous materials, lockout tagout, and hand and power tools.

OSHA provides required and elective content for its 10 hour and 30 hour training courses for general industry and construction industries. These popular courses are the common standard for training in safety topics and are often required in certain industries for workers to be qualified to perform certain types of work. Workers who complete an OSHA courses receive cards that are considered valuable credentials and are portable. Topics may include Introduction to OSHA, emergency action plans, fire prevention, electrocution prevention (arc flash), personal protective equipment, hazard communication, safety and health programs, hazardous materials, machine guarding, fall protection, hand and power tools, lockout/tagout, confined spaces (permit required and non-permit), as well as others that are elective and optional.

Work authorization permits may play a role in an employer’s group procedures in a specific area, such as lockout/tagout. A work authorization permit is a document authorizing certain employees (“competent persons”) to perform specific tasks. While an OSHA standard may not actually require the use of a work authorization permit, these documents may be used as a means of achieving compliance with the regulatory requirements (such as in the case of lockout/tagout requirements). If a work authorization permit is used to achieve compliance with group regulatory provisions, it must be included in the employer’s written procedures, including equipment involved, processes and situations to be encountered, methods for safe work, and the procedures to be used to accomplish the task. This course will work with the affected employees and management to identify, develop, and document the procedures, as well as teach the system to the employee group. This is a valuable tool in contractor and subcontractor safety.

Permit to Work refers to management systems used to ensure that work is done safely and efficiently. These are used in hazardous industries and involve procedures to review, authorize, document and simplify tasks to be carried out by front line workers. PTW is part of control of work, made up of permit to work, hazard identification, risk assessment, and isolation management. This allows reduction of unsafe activities in work environments. Permit to work system is formal and states exactly what work is to be done, where and when and is managed by a responsible person. They are an effective means of communication between site management, supervisors and those who carry out the work. To ensure the greatest level of safety in hazardous environments and high risk jobs, adherence is essential. This course involves safety experts working with site management, responsible persons and workers to identify, develop, document and teach the PTW system to the affected employee group. This is a valuable tool in contractor and subcontractor safety.

Personal protective equipment refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. Many employers are unaware that OSHA requires a written certification of performance of a PPE assessment for their workplace or worksites. This course also teaches how to perform these assessments and furnishes forms to carry out same. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemical, biohazard, and airborne matter. Protective equipment is worn for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, as well as to comply with OSHA standards and requirements. The purpose of PPE is to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering or administrative controls are not feasible to reduce these hazards to acceptable levels when they are present. Some examples are noise levels, particulate matter or fumes that are the by-products of the manufacturing processes. This course works with companies and their workers to identify the hazards that necessitate the use of PPE, to review the OSHA standards and requirements, and to plan an effective and customized program for the use of PPE in the workplace.

Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets of in boxes, crates, or other containers. They can be ridden by the operator or controlled remotely. Hazards may include falling load accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls off loading docks or between docks and trailers, operator falls from elevated pallets, and collisions with people or obstacles. According to OSHA, employers must ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the safety and evaluation specified in 29 CRF 1910.178(l)(1). This course satisfies the OSHA training requirement by providing the information, knowledge, and skills required to safely operate a forklift of the type specific to the employer’s workplace.

The RCRA, enacted in 1976, is the principal federal law governing the disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste. This law gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate and enforce requirements governing the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste, as well as the design of corrective actions. It also provides a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes and the protection of groundwater, particularly from the hazards of underground storage tanks. RCRA provides “cradle to grave” control of solid and hazardous waste by establishing management requirements for generators and transporters of hazardous waste and for owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. This course reviews the requirements of the RCRA as these apply to industry, the implications of non-compliance in terms of safety and citations, and best practices of industry for storing, managing and disposing of solid and hazardous waste.

A respirator is a device designed to protect the worker from inhaling particulate matter, including airborne microorganisms, fumes, dust and gases. Respirators range from relatively inexpensive single-use, disposable face masks to more robust reusable models with replaceable cartridges and are used by private industry as well as other sectors. There are two main categories: the air-purifying respirator which forces contaminated air through a filtering element, and the air-supplied respirator in which an alternate supply of fresh air is delivered. Within each category, different techniques are employed to reduce or eliminate hazardous airborne contaminants. This course explores the various uses and environments where workers use respirators, and the OSHA standards and requirements governing their application and inclusion in required personal protective equipment (PPE).

Many companies utilize a Safety Committee as an integral element of its comprehensive plan to manage safety and health throughout the organization. These committees are comprised of organizational management (key decision makers who can influence safety systems, such as COO, HRD), a cross section of area supervisors who are responsible for managing safety systems and procedures on-site, and a representative sample of front line workers who implement safety systems. The Committee has several functions: 1) to develop a safety plan and procedures for all operations; 2) to conduct site assessments to identify potential safety hazards and issues; 3) to design programs of remediation of identified safety hazards; 4) to study and become familiar with best practices in the safety field as well as new OSHA requirements and their implications; 5) to plan safety training programs for all workers; and 6) to champion safety throughout the organization. This program involves working with the organization to develop, build, guide, support and provide training for a Safety Committee tailored to the particular employer and its needs.

This program involves working closely with an employer’s front-line and middle-line supervisors to train them on 1) the organization’s safety program and how to implement it; 2) the identification of hazards on the floor and what to do about them; 3) training of workers in safety procedures; 4) handling of non-compliant workers; 5) the definition and use of “competent persons” and “authorized persons”. This supervisory training program is an essential element in the effectiveness of an organizational safety program.

The train the trainer course is intended for front-line and middle level workers and supervisors who are tasked with the on-the-job training, including safety aspects, of front-line workers. The trainers are often training others along with their regular job duties. They are considered qualified persons in their area, and thus capable of training other workers on a particular piece of equipment, job, subject or set of technologies. Training in the operations includes instruction on safety techniques, precautions, skill in operation of the equipment or subject matter, as well as OSHA requirements, best practices, and PPE (where required). However, being competent or qualified with equipment or subject matter does not necessarily mean that a person is an effective trainer. This course works with workers charged with training others to develop in them an understanding of and the skills involved in teaching, regardless of what the particular subject area is. Students will learn and engage in hands-on practice of training techniques and methods, including lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, testing, and group discussion. These will place the relevant subject material into context for greater understanding. Effective communication styles and strategies will be discussed. Students will then be expected to demonstrate their skills as a trainer in actual practice, either in a mock situation or on the shop floor.

All training programs that are planned and conducted by Nain and Associates, LLC for specific companies or other organizations are customized to meet the unique situation and needs of the company or organization. While OSHA 10 and 30 courses have specific content requirements; many courses or comprehensive training plans may also be implemented apart from an OSHA 10 or 30. However if an OSHA 10 or 30 is desired, it can still provide some flexibility in the selection of elective and optional topics. In all cases, the training itself is tailored to meet the skill levels, concerns, and questions of the workers that participate in each session.

Workplace Safety Training & Consulting Experts for Charlotte, Hickory, Asheville, North Carolina and the Southeast

Nain & Associates, LLC
Safety training and hazard prevention experts, including OSHA compliance and custom programs.
433 4th Street SW, Hickory, NC 28602
Tel: 828-256-9374

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