Safety

Safety First

It is our belief that our employees are the most important asset we have and maintaining their safety and health must always remain a top priority in every aspect of business. We provide the resources necessary to manage, control, or eliminate all safety and health hazards. Western Mountain Inc. has hired Lancaster Safety Consulting, Inc. (www.lancastersafety.com) to custom write our safety programs, conduct safety and health training, and help us keep compliant with applicable OSHA standards. LSCI also assists us with maintaining our ISNetWorld® and PICST™ accounts.

ISN®, ISNetworld®, and RAYS® are registered trademarks of ISN Software Corporation.

Lancaster Safety Consulting, Inc. (LSCI) provides Western Mountain, Inc. with the following safety services:

  • Assistance with the abatement process upon an OSHA inspection
  • Ongoing phone and e-mail support and consultation as needed
  • OSHA Recordkeeping assistance
  • Assistance with formalization of a workplace safety committee
  • Walkthrough inspection of the facility focusing on hazards and potential OSHA violations
  • ISNetWorld assistance
  • A written jobsite safety & health manual

LSCI provides employee training and written program maintenance for the following (primary) OSHA regulations:

Hazard Communication - 29 CFR 1910.1200

  • The requirements of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
  • Location and availability of the written hazard communication program, list of hazardous materials, and MSDS log
  • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical in the work area
  • The measures employees can take to protect themselves from hazards of the chemicals in the work area
  • Explanation of the labeling requirements
  • Overview on the use and importance of material safety data sheets
  • How employees can obtain and use the appropriate hazard information

Lockout/Tagout - 29 CFR 1910.147

  • The requirements of the OSHA standard covering Lockout/Tagout
  • Recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control
  • The purpose and use of the energy control procedure
  • Procedures and prohibitions relating to attempts to restart or reenergize machines or equipment which are locked out or tagged out
  • Limitations of tags

Electrical Safety - 29 CFR 1910.331-335

  • Identification of potential electrical hazards
  • Proper protective measures to protect against electrical hazards
  • Proper use and protection of flexible cords
  • Proper guarding of live parts

Personal Protective Equipment - 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I

  • Review of the company’s hazard assessment
  • When PPE is necessary and what PPE is necessary
  • Employee PPE responsibilities
  • Limitations of the PPE
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the PPE
  • Information contained in 1910.134 App D – Voluntary Respirator Use (Basic Advisory Information)

Respiratory Protection - 29 CFR 1910.134

  • The Respiratory Protection Program
  • The OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)
  • Respiratory hazards encountered and their health affects
  • Proper selection and use of respirators
  • Limitations of respirators
  • Fit testing
  • Respirator donning and user seal checks
  • Emergency use procedures
  • Maintenance and storage
  • Medical signs and symptoms limiting the effective use of respirators

Powered Industrial Truck Safety – 29 CFR 1910.178

  • Differences between the truck and the automobile
  • Narrow aisles and other restricted places
  • Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle's stability
  • Composition of loads to be carried and load stability
  • Visibility (including restrictions due to loading)
  • Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking
  • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations
  • Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated
  • Operating limitations
  • Steering and maneuvering
  • Vehicle capacity, stability, inspection, and maintenance
  • Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries
  • Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated

Fire Safety, Emergency Planning, & Emergency Evacuation - 29 CFR 1910 Subpart E & 29 CFR 1910.157

  • Review of 29 CFR Subpart E, including how it can be accessed
  • Review of this Plan, including how it can be accessed
  • Good housekeeping practices
  • Proper response and notification in the event of an emergency
  • Types of fires and the proper extinguishing practices
  • Instruction on the use of portable fire extinguishers (as determined by company policy)
  • Recognition of potential fire hazards
  • Classroom fire extinguisher training

Emergency Response Awareness– 29 CFR 1910.120

  • What hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
  • Potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present
  • Recognizing the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency
  • Identifying the hazardous substances
  • The role of the first responder awareness individual
  • Identifying the need for additional resources
  • Notifying to the communication center

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control - 29 CFR 1910.1030

  • The requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1030, OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
  • Instruction on the appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials
  • An explanation of the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens
  • Information about the types, use, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of personal protective equipment
  • An explanation of the use and limitations of the methods employed by the company to reduce exposure (such as engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment)
  • A discussion of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases
  • An explanation of the basis of selection of personal protective equipment
  • An explanation of the company’s Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan, and how employees can obtain a copy of the plan
  • A description and recognition of tasks that may involve exposure
  • An explanation of the procedures to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including the method of reporting and medical follow up
  • Information about the Hepatitis B vaccination (including efficacy, safety, method of administration, and benefits), as well as an explanation that the vaccination will be provided at no charge to the employee

Confined Space – 29 CFR 1910.146

  • The difference between permit required and non-permit required confined spaces
  • Explanation of the general hazards associated with confined spaces
  • Discussion of specific confined space hazards associated with the facility, location, or operation
  • Procedures for responding to emergencies
  • Reason for, proper use, and limitations of personal protective equipment and other safety equipment required for entry into confined spaces
  • Discussion of what conditions would prohibit entry
  • Explanation of permits and other procedural requirements for confined space entry
  • Duties and responsibilities of the confined space entry team
  • Description of how to recognize symptoms of overexposure to probable air contaminants in themselves and co-workers, and method(s) for alerting the Attendant(s)

Hearing Conservation - 29 CFR 1910.95

  • How noise affects hearing and hearing loss
  • Review of the OSHA hearing protection standard
  • Explanation of audiometric testing
  • Rules and procedures
  • Locations within company property where hearing protection is required
  • How to use and care for hearing protectors

Fall Protection - 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D

  • The nature of fall hazards in the work area
  • Requirements for protection from floor/wall openings and holes
  • The use and operation of guardrail systems and personal fall arrest systems
  • Prevention and avoidance of slip/trip/fall hazards
  • General ladder requirements including ensuring ladders are in safe operating condition prior to use
  • The correct procedures for erecting and securing ladders
  • The standards contained in OSHA 1910 Subpart D, Fall Protection

Trenching & Excavation (Including Competent Person Training) – 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P

  • The requirements of the OSHA Trenching & Excavation Standards
  • The hazards that could be present during trenching and excavation
  • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence hazards
  • Possible solutions for preventing hazards during trenching and excavation
  • How employees can obtain and use information on trenching and excavation hazards

Overhead Crane Safety - 29 CFR 1910.179

  • Understanding the purpose and scope of the OSHA Overhead Crane Safety Standard
  • Communication between persons operating overhead cranes, helpers, and other employees
  • Safe hoist practices
  • Crane maintenance safety procedures
  • What to look for in hoist inspections

Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness

  • Characteristics of Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Review of the activities that can produce Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Health effects of Hydrogen Sulfide
  • How to protect against Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Methods to enter dangerous Hydrogen Sulfide atmospheres

In addition to the preceding topics, LSCI provides training on the following:

  • Forklift certifications
  • Forklift Train the Trainer certification
  • Competent Person Trenching Training
  • Cranes & Derricks
  • Powered hand tools
  • Heat stress