Safety Webinar Courses - Fall 2015

MTA Safety Program members only.

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, which is the most common area our employees are exposed to asbestos during wiring customer premises. During this presentation we will cover what asbestos is, where it is found, what the hazards of asbestos are, what the requirements of owners of buildings with asbestos are and what can be done to eliminate and reduce exposure to asbestos.

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DOT Regulations and Requirements

This training pertains to the federal and state regulations as they relate to the telecom industry. Topics covered include: general definitions, the different types of licenses and endorsements, DOT # requirements, the types of inspections, Driver Qualification files and the Materials of Trade regulations. The training gives employees a general knowledge of some of the most common regulations and requirements as they apply to their situations.

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Emergency Action Plans

IAW OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38(a) an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is required to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training so that employees understand their roles and responsibilities will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries if an emergency were to happen.

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Hand Tool Safety

Hand Tool Safety, this program is designed to present employees a summary of the basic safety procedures and safeguards associated with various types of hand and portable power tools. Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is difficult to remember that they can pose hazards. Employers are required to ensure that employees have the proper tools in good condition and are properly trained in the use of these tools and determine if personal protective equipment is required.

Employees are trained in the proper use of tools and are able to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions to be taken.

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Hazard Communication

Training relating to the NEW OSHA standard – Global Harmonization System (GHS) is covered during this training. The training includes; the NEW labeling of containers requirements, the NEW safety data sheet format, responsibilities of Employers and Employees, types of chemical and physical hazards, routes of exposure and personal protective equipment. We also cover the timeline for implementation of the new GHS standard and the updated MTA Safety Program Hazard Communication Policy.

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Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when these spores become airborne, often during cleanup or demolition projects or working in attics where bats roost. Because of this danger, it is imperative for telephone installers to be aware of the potential risk. During class we discussed the symptoms, what type of testing is required to diagnose the illness, how to treat the illness, and how to prevent catching the virus by using ppe.

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Load Securement

Public safety requires that cargo being transported on the highway system must remain on or within the transporting vehicle under all conditions which could reasonably be expected to occur in normal driving. IAW the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 393.100 this webinar reviews the procedures for securing cargo to include: tie down requirements (direct and indirect); how to determine the number of tie downs required; when to re-examine and adjust cargo. We also discuss the types of tie downs and how to inspect chains and synthetic straps for damage and when they are no longer serviceable.

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Utility Traffic Control

During a typical day uutility service providers such as the electric, gas, telephone and cable companies often need to work on or near roadways and often involves the presence of work vehicles and equipment in the travel lanes of the roadway, on the shoulder, and/or within the right-of-way of active roads and highways. Although utility work is often less time-consuming than highway construction and maintenance activities, it still poses similar challenges and dangers to passing motorists and workers. Therefore, IAW the Utility Work Zone Traffic Control Guidelines this webinar reviews the basic principles of design and the minimum use of traffic control and warning devices for all streets and highways.

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