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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

OSHA TRAINING FOR SMALL BUSINESS

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Community Education Center now offers training for small businesses in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Costs associated with an employee injury or fatality can affect a business in many ways, including increased insurance costs, lost productivity, and lower morale. If the business is not complying with OSHA regulations, heavy fines could be assessed. This course is designed as a way for owners, managers, or other key personnel of small- to medium-sized businesses to familiarize themselves with some of the basic OSHA safety requirements that apply to their business.

Attendees should come away with an understanding of the steps to take to begin developing an effective safety program for their business. After completing this course a participant should be able to:
  • Describe the impact that an accident can have on a business;
  • List the elements of a basic safety program for their business;
  • Identify high risk areas for their employees;
  • List OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements for businesses;
  • Properly fill out and maintain an OSHA 300 log, OSHA 300A Summary, and OSHA 301 Incident Report;
  • Describe how the Hazard Communication Standard applies to their business;
  • Understand how to develop a MSDS book for their worksite;
  • Understand how to look up OSHA standards that apply to their particular business on the OSHA Web site;
  • Understand ways to organize safety responsibilities within their organization; and
  • Describe workplace violence safety considerations.
Training is led by Curt Hippensteel, a full-time Petroleum Technology instructor at UACCM where he teaches Introduction to Hazard Recognition and Safety Management, Understanding OSHA Regulations – Basic and Health, Safety, Environment/First Aid. Hippensteel is also the Safety Director for Crow Paving, Inc. and previously worked as Compliance Officer for ESS Transportation.

This course has been condensed from 10 hours to 2 hours. The cost of the training is $45 and can be scheduled for the business owner’s convenience. For more information or to schedule training, contact Stephanie Ellis by calling 501-215-4898 or visit www.uaccm.edu/communityed.

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