Safety Webinar Courses - Fall 2017

MTA Safety Program members only.

ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and/or Evacuate)

Businesses are vulnerable to the potential aftermath of an active shooter, aggressive intruder or mass shooting event. To meet OSHA’s General Duty Clause, each company will be better prepared to protect their employees from potential workplace violence should they occur. ALICE Training provides you and your employees with strategic response protocols that are designed to help counter violent actions. This webinar increases the chances of survival for your workplace and employees in addition to protecting your brand reputation and minimizing litigation fees and other fines.

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Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos exposure can occur in a wide variety of settings in the Telecom Industry.  Therefore IAW OSAH 1910.1001(j)(7) an employer shall train each employee who may potentially exposed to airborne concentrations of asbestos on the health effects of asbestos, locations of potential ACM and PACM in the building/facility, and how to recognize ACM and PACM damage and deterioration.  During this training we discussed the health effects associated with an exposure; the relationships between smoking and asbestos exposure in producing lung cancer; the nature of operations which could cause an exposure; engineering controls and work practices.

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Battery Room Safety

Battery room hazards include: electrical, chemical, fire, respiratory, ergonomic, and the sheer weight of the batteries.  Addressing each of these concerns is critical to battery room safety.  IAW OSHA 29 CFR 1910.268 we discussed the hazards and safety standards that apply to the working conditions, practices, and operations performed in telecommunications Central Offices.

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Customer Premise Hazards

Awareness of the Hazards present on job sites, at customer premises and our own Businesses is important to preventing accidents and injuries.  Employees do not need to be working from elevations or on the construction crew to face serious health and safety risks; every job comes with potential hazards.  This program helps employees understand some of the most prevalent types of injuries and vehicle accidents that affect the Telecom industry today.  Training includes identifying several categories of hazards employees come in contact with during their daily duties at various job sites and customer premises.  The program’s intent is to help employees become aware of hazards and help them plan to eliminate accidents and injuries.

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Cyber Security

Cyber breeches are a reality in today’s world of business. These breeches cause IT security to be a top priority. Companies heavily invest in security technology but the number one cause of breeches in security is employees. Poorly-trained staff can unknowingly create security vulnerabilities. The training focuses on the risks of cyber threats that employees may be exposed to and what can be done to decrease that exposure. Topics included defining cyber security, increasing employees understanding and knowledge of cyber security, defining common cyber threats and what employees can do to decrease cyber breeches both at work and home. Through discuss and lecture employees increased their knowledge of cyber risks, what actions they can take to decrease the risk of cyber breeches and how to assist their customers with cyber security.

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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving occurs when a driver undertakes any activity that diverts attention away from driving. Distractions can include using cell phones or other hand-held devices, talking with passengers, eating or drinking, reading, adjusting the radio, or even using a navigation system while driving. 81% of drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving and 31% of drivers admit to texting or emailing while driving. Research shows that when doing two complex tasks at the same time, such as driving and texting, the driver’s brain filters out important information — causing the driver to overlook key hazards. Through the use of lecture, discussion and videos, participants will gain a deeper knowledge of distracted driving, how the brain processes information, the risks involved with distracted driving and ways to prevent distracted driving.

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Office Safety

Safety and health hazards can exist on worksites filled with heavy machinery and equipment, where employees often are required to engage in strenuous manual labor. But a job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting. The training covered leading types of disabling accidents that occur within the office: the result of falls and strains, falling objects, material handling, signs and tags, electrical, ergonomics, noise, and indoor Air Quality.

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OSHA Awareness

OSHA is responsible for protecting worker health and safety in the US. To ensure safe and healthy working conditions for workers they enforced and required workplace laws and standards, training, and education. Some states have their own OSHA laws. These state laws take precedence over the federal law. This training is for employees to understand OSHA and the importance of why they receive training and have to follow through with procedures. The following topics were covered during the training: why is OSHA important; what responsibilities employers have under OSHA; what are OSHA standards; how are OSHA inspections conducted and what to do during an OSHA inspection; and where can you go for help.

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Slip, Trips, and Falls

Identifying good housekeeping practices that eliminate slip, trip, and fall hazards is an important part of any prevention program. During this training we discuss this along with:

  • Recognizing the definitions of slips, trips, and falls and the types of injuries occurring.
  • Identifying safety requirements for stairs, walkways, and other open-sided, elevated surfaces that help prevent slips, trips, and falls.
  • Recognizing behaviors that could result in personal injury, disability, death, property damage, and lost production.
  • Workplace designs to help eliminate injuries.

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Tier II Reporting

IAW Section 312 of federal SARA Title III, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) any facility covered by the Federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard must report Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs), as identified under Section 302, in quantities at or above the Threshold Planning Quantities (TPQs), or 500 pounds (whichever is less); and/or Hazardous chemicals, regulated by the federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, which are present at your facility at or above 10,000 pounds at any one time during the calendar year.  During training we identified which chemicals telecoms have on site, to include Sulfuric Acid and Lead, which may exceed these thresholds and require reporting to the EPA. 

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