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June is National Safety Month

Last year we reported on how OSHA is “Turning up the Heat” on heat related illness. We provided the link to a press release regarding their campaign. With the dog days of summer around the corner, that press release reminded employers with outside workplaces about OSHA’s focus on the hazards of working in high heat.  The press release reinvigorated OSHA’s heat-related illness campaign that began leading into summer 2011, when OSHA produced a great deal of public information about heat-related illness, including a dedicated heat illness information page on OSHA’s website, a YouTube video, public press statements, speeches by senior Department of Labor and OSHA officials, and even a Heat Safety Smartphone App.

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Click here to see OSHA’s page about heat related illness.

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Declare Your Independence

Independence has been a goal of Americans since the founding of our country, and those with their own companies tend to be particularly independent. Some people start their own business believing that it is the only route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”; only to later realize the headaches that can come along with owning and managing a business. While they began their business to gain independence, they lose the freedom that they dream of. They become saddled with letting their business’ rule their lives, depriving them of time with family and friends, and even at times their health.

It is time as business owners to create your own Declaration of Independence!

  • Independence from rising administrative costs. Outsourcing your HR administration relieves business owners from the complex HR matters of benefits, workers’ compensation claims, payroll, tax administration, regulatory compliance, etc., and by doing so reduces your overhead.
  • Independence from focusing on the mundane. Outsourcing your HR enables small business owners to focus on their core competencies, rather than focusing on running payroll, providing employee benefits, or the many other facets of human resource administration. Outsourcing allows business owners to concentrate on their passion, without being distracted by countless human resources responsibilities.
  • Independence from the worry of regulatory compliance. Outsourcing your HR administration can keep business owners compliant by working as their off-site HR department, with the back-up of legal counsel partners, firms specializing in workplace law. Outsourcing can help you reduce your risk and vulnerabilities to Federal, State, Local and Professional Regulatory changes.
  • Independence from the nightmare of Workers Compensation Insurance and Risk Management. Outsourcing can help improve the work environment and make it safer by focusing on workplace risk management, safety programs, and good human resource practices. Additionally, when you outsource with a PEO, such as HR Strategies, they can arrange workers’ compensation coverage with major insurance carriers, provide their clients with training on safety and government compliance in regards to workers compensation and risk management, and manage the complexity of claims.
  • Independence from the burden of human resource administration and paperwork. When you outsource your HR needs to a PEO you receive assistance with all of the complications and paperwork that go along with the employee lifecycle:  writing help wanted ads and job descriptions; drug screening and verifications; new hire candidate assessment tools; new hire paperwork, including I-9 compliance; customized employee handbooks; employee policies and procedures; Federal and State required postings; human resource, supervisor, and compliance training; EEOC claims; Employment Practices Liability Insurance; Employee Assistance Program; compliance with IRS, INS, ADA, EEOC, FMLA, FLSA, DOT, COBRA, Title VII, etc.; discipline and termination counseling; investigation of employee/employer and employment complaints.

 Declare Your Independence today by calling HR Strategies at 770-339-0000!

OSHA: What is it? And what Training do I need?

OSHA is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, which oversees the compliance and enforcement of the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSH Act). The OSH Act guarantees that employers provide a safe and healthful workplace by establishing and enforcing standards through OSHA. The OSH Act and OSHA have been put in place to expand employee and employer knowledge on identification, evasion, and avoidance of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. Employers must abide by all applicable OSHA standards, along with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which necessitates employers to maintain a workplace exempt of significant known hazards. http://www.osha.gov/

OSHA Outreach Training is the principal method used to train workers in the essentials of occupational safety and health in General Industry or Construction work sites. HR Strategies is proud to partner with SUNZ Insurance Company and the American Safety Council to offer you complete online OSHA training to fit your needs. Taking our OSHA course online offers these benefits:

  • OSHA Training Approved by the USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center
  • Audio Narration & Interactive Exercises
  • Industry-Specific Examples
  • Complete the Course at Your Own Pace
  • All You Need is Access to the Internet!

10-Hour Outreach and 30-Hour Outreach courses cover specific OSHA policies, standards, and requirements as they apply to general industry work sites or construction industry work sites. They also teach safety and health principles and awareness, which aid in recognizing and reducing the risks of job site hazards. The courses are fully narrated and interactive, and cover safety and health hazards workers may face at general industry or construction work sites, depending on the course selected. Our courses put emphasis on hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention. The 10-hour courses are intended for entry level, and the 30-hour courses are intended for people who have some safety responsibility. Upon successful completion of these OSHA accepted courses, you will receive either your 10-Hour or 30-Hour General Industry Outreach course completion card and completion certificate; or your 10-Hour or 30-Hour Construction Outreach course completion card and completion certificate.

  • Introduction to OSHA, Standards & Inspections
  • Flammable & Combustible Liquids
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Communication
  • Safety & Health Programs & Subpart C
  • Electrical & Machine Guarding
  • Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans & Fire Prevention
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Material Handling
  • Tools – Hand & Power
  • Scaffolds, Stairways, & Ladders
  • Excavations & Cranes
  • Fall Protection, Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Health Hazards in Construction
  • Permit-Required Confined Spaces
  • Ergonomics

8-Hour HAZWOPER Training is designed for hazardous waste operations and emergency response workers who must satisfy their annual 8-hour refresher training course requirement. The 24-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Training is for workers in hazardous waste and emergency response needing to satisfy their 24-hour HAZWOPER training requirement. Employees are required by OSHA standards to receive proper HAZWOPER training before starting work on an uncontrolled hazardous waste job site. Interactive and fully narrated, our 100% online training will show you how to comply with hazard management and hazardous waste regulations as required by OSHA and other federal safety agencies. Upon successful completion of these OSHA accepted courses, you will receive your University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute Education Center Program Certificate.

  • Detecting Hazardous Materials
  • Toxicology
  • Site Safety Planning & Emergencies
  • Hazardous Communication
  • Hazardous Waste & Decontamination
  • Levels of Protection (PPE), Respirators
  • Agencies & Regulations
  • Types of Hazards & Fall Protection
  • Confined Spaces

Our one-hour OSHA Certificate Courses provide you with training on specific safety and health topics. Upon completion of a course, you will receive an OSHA Training Institute Education Center Certificate of Completion.

  • Scaffolds
  • Recordkeeping
  • Electrical
  • Standards and Inspection Procedures
  • Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, & Conveyors
  • Stairways and Ladders
  • Concrete and Masonry
  • Fire Prevention
  • Safety Programs and Subpart C
  • Welding and Cutting
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Health Hazards in Construction
  • Rigging and Material Handling
  • Excavations
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Lockout and Tagout
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Recordkeeping
  • Machine Guarding
  • Fire Detection and Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety & Health Programs
  • Blood borne Pathogens
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