OSHA Related

May’s Meeting Notice

The next CSREM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting is next Tuesday, May 8th at 10:00. This month’s Topic is a presentation on OSHA Stand Downs occurring between now and June 22nd.

Speakers are Peter Barletta, CAS Braintree and Joe Green, CAS Andover OSHA Area offices within Region 1 will present OSHA Focus Four Campaign (March through June), National Falls Stand Down (May 7 through 11th) and National Emphasis Program Trenches Safety Stand-Down (the week of June 18th).

If you haven’t personally conducted a stand down and want some helpful information, attached please find 8 applicable training documents forwarded by Tim Irving, Assistant Regional Administrator/Cooperative and State Programs as supplied by his friends out in Region III.

This May meeting is being sponsored and hosted by Bill Timmons, Corporate Safety Manager, SPS New England. Meeting is being held at Double Tree Hotel (formally Wyndham/Chelsea), 201 Everett Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. If ya get lost, call Nancy Hughes.

As customary, please RSVP to Nancy Hughes of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at nancy.ohstc@gmail.com, by noontime this Friday May 4th as to ensure an accurate head count is provided to the hotel for catering and seating arrangements.

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January’s Power Point Slides Now Available

The January CSREM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting was held on January 9th, 2018. Many thanks go out to the co-speakers Paul Katz of OSHA Advocate and Peter Barletta of OSHA.

Paul Katz, atty, retired OSHA Solicitor presented “OSHA – for me and you”.

Peter Barletta CAS, CSP, MPA, U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA discussed a smorgasbord of current OSHA topics, such as fatality data, Local Emphasis Programs, electronic reporting, etc. See the following link for his powerpoint slides.

CSREM-OSHA Outreach FY2018

Sponsor for the meeting was Kevin Howland, Safety Director, Century Drywall Inc.

The meeting was hosted by Dan Lavoie of Liberty Mutual.

November’s Meeting Announcement

From Glenn:

” Invitation to CSREM Roundtable meeting Tuesday November 08, 2016 at 10:00

Nancy, please forward to Roundtable distribution – thank you. Glenn

Hello Roundtable folks,

Our next CSREM Roundtable Alliance professional safety development meeting is Tuesday, November 08th at 10:00. The speaker for this meeting is Tim Irving.

Tim Irving, Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs, US DOL/OSHA Region 1 Office, JFK Federal Building, Room E 340, Boston, MA, 02203, will present the ever popular “Annual OSHA Update” and recap the agency’s fiscal year enforcement and outreach results for 2016.  The review will cover the national, regional and local inspection and citation information as well as the regional fatal accident statistics. The CSREM has been instrumental in the success of the OSHA outreach efforts on Mirror Check Day, Heat Illness and Injury, Fall Protection, Cut it Out, Ladder Safety Stand Down and other campaigns. Tim will give an update on how the success of these local events have national implications and how we can support upcoming trainings.

The sponsor and host for this month’s meeting is Joanne Cameron of National Lumber. The meeting is being held at National Lumber, 245 Oakland St, Mansfield MA facility upstairs 2nd floor training room. Directions are below. If ya still get lost, call Joanne on her cell phone # 508-294-8771PARKING NOTE – please do not park in the front of the building as that is reserved for shopping customers. There is plenty of parking on the side of the building and along both sides of Oakland street.

As customary, please RSVP to Nancy Hughes of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at nancy.ohstc@gmail.com, by next Friday November 04th to assure your name is on the list as seating capacity is 82 and an accurate head count is needed for the luncheon.

NOTE – the CSREM booking period for 2017 is now open. Please see below sponsorship opportunities.


Remaining 2016 MEETING SCHEDULE :

Nov 08 – sponsor and host National Lumber @ National Lumber, Mansfield

Dec 13 – sponsor open – host Liberty Mutual, Weston


January 10th – sponsor open & host @ Liberty Mutual

February 14th

March   14th  – sponsor open & host @Liberty Mutual

April 11th

May 09th

June   13th

Jul/Aug off

September 12th

October 10th   – sponsor open & host @ Liberty Mutual

November 14th – Sponsor and host – National Lumber

December 12th – sponsor open & host @Liberty Mutual”

Cut-Off Saw Safety Stand Down Scheduled Sep 13, 2016

From Tim S. Irving, Assistant Regional Administrator/Cooperative and State Programs, US DOL/OSHA


The next safety stand down for Region I is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2016 and will cover working with Cut Off Saws which will be beneficial to the Construction and Landscaping industries which frequently use these tools.  The “Cut-It-Out” Region I Stand Down is being presented as a direct result of local accidents involving Cut-Off Saws resulting in severe injuries, including amputations and in at least one case a fatality.   The material provided and format is similar to other recent Regional Stand Downs where the foreman or supervisor can utilize the training materials as a tool box talk.   I am requesting you to forward this email and attachments to your distribution list within the Construction and Landscaping industries, although other may apply, request their participation and encourage them to complete the course evaluation after the training has been completed.


OSHA Region I
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: Start anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Duration: Expected between 30 minutes and one hour depending on location size
Location: Buildings, landscaping projects and construction sites throughout New England
Sponsor: OSHA Region I – Cooperative and State Programs
Contact: Timothy S. Irving, Assistant Regional Administrator 617-565-9807

Peter Barletta, Compliance Assistance Specialist 617-565-6924


OSHA Region I Cooperative and State Programs and the Area Offices are working with our State Partners, Alliances, Partnerships, Voluntary Protection Programs and SHARP companies have scheduled a Safety Awareness for Cut-Off Saws Training “Cut-it-Out” Day on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, starting anytime between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Mission Description: During the allotted time frame of the “Cut-it-out,” each participating company will designate an individual to provide a group safety training component involving employees on their project/location. In addition, the company will review its site and identify hazards related to Cut-Off Saws which could be reduced through engineering controls or PPE. Participating organizations will be asked to document training and inspections via their own internal attendance sheets and complete a course evaluation to assist in determining of the effectiveness of this event. Please coordinate the totals for your facility/location or site and have one course evaluation completed per facility/location or site:  ­­­ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLM8JY3

Information Provided: Working Safer and Smarter with Power Cut-Off Saws booklet by High Performance Diamond Technology, Cut-Off Saw Safety Tool Box Talk by WorkSafe.  Concrete Construction Magazine Safety Article reprint – http://www.concreteconstruction.net/products/general-construction-equipment/safety-with-saws_o , and OSHA Letter of Interpretation are provided electronically and will be posted on the Safety Training and Inspection Days – New England Facebook page two weeks prior to training date.  The material provided is recommended but are not required to be used.   In addition, links to other educational videos and training sites are attached; AGC Cut-Off saw safety Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXuHDiUPGCI , Cut-Off Machine Safety, Maintenance and Operation  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eWNI9v5mz0 .  Special thanks to AGC America, www.WorkSafeCenter.com, www.concreteconstruction.net  and High Performance Diamond Technology Ltd.

Concrete Construction Mag Art Cut It Out Evaluation Flyer and introduction Cut it out Jul16 draft OSHA LIO Cut off Saw Tool Box Cut Off Saw Working Safer Power Cut-Off Saws Booklet

May Meeting Announcement

From Glenn:

Hello Roundtable folks,

Our next CSREM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting is Tuesday, May 10th at 10:00. The topic for this month’s meeting is Underground Electric Utility Safety & New Customer Connect.

Michael Hayhurst, Vice President of Eversource Electric and Gas will present an overview of how the electric system operates in this area as well as focusing on the Underground Electric Grid.

Michael Sweeney, Manager, Eversource Distribution Construction & Contractor Civil Construction, will present on the Eversource Electric Utility transmission and sub-transmission system design which includes all aspects of underground civil construction as it relates to Eversource Electric in the city of Boston.

Mr. Sweeney will also review safety guidelines as they relate to the following:

  1. 1Establishing and maintaining effective communication with Eversource and their contractors throughout the completion of work.
  2. Dig Safe
  3. Underground Electric Safety
  4. Work-zone safety precautions designed to protect pedestrian traffic, motorists, and neighboring customers.

John Quinn, Senior Supervisor, Eversource New Customer Connect, will discuss protocol for new customer connect requests.

The Lessons Learned portion of our meeting will be presented by Jon Duffy, Manager, Eversource Safety, and Shaun O’Sullivan, Local #369 safety representative will review a “near miss” that involved construction excavation equipment and an energized underground high voltage cable.

The sponsors for this May meeting are Michael Hayhurst, Vice President and Douglas Foley, Vice President of Eversource Electric and Gas, and meeting is being hosted by Craig Pinkham, President of Local 369 Utility Workers Union Of America.

This meeting is being held at Local #369 UWUA Union Hall, 120 Bay State Drive Braintree, MA 02184. The 369 union hall is just down the street on the right from the OSHA Boston South aka Braintree Area Office. If ya still get lost please call the Union Hall for directions phone 781-848-3740 or Judy Fleming 617-943-7721.

As always, please RSVP to Nancy Hughes of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at nancy.ohstc@gmail.com, by Friday May 6th for an accurate head count for the luncheon.

October’s Meeting Information

Hello Roundtable folks,

Our next CSREM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting is Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00. Our speaker is Kimberly A Stille, Regional Administrator, USDOL – OSHA Region I. Kim will provide a DOC (Directorate of Construction) update coupled with a general OSHA update.

As you remember at last month’s meeting, Mark Heffron, Sr. Safety and Health Specialist from OSHA’s Region 1 Enforcement Program and Technical Support, Boston Office instructed us in the new Confined Space in Construction Subpart AA Standard. Mark developed a power point presentation for our meeting. Many of you requested if Mark would make his very detailed presentation available. Your requests were heard and answered. Mark obtained permission to release his presentation. It is both posted on our CSREM website. Although, rather that make you hunt and peck for it, for your ease, we have attached it (all 55 pages) to this email.

This October meeting is being sponsored and hosted by Shaun Carvalho, Safety Director, Shawmut Design and Construction. The meeting is being held @ Wyndham/Chelsea, 201 Everett Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. If ya get lost, call Nancy Hughes on her cell phone # 617-959-4414.  Of note though, parking will be tight. We used to overflow park across the street from the hotel’s main in the gravel lot. That area is not available as Skanska is constructing a Boston Professional Office Building in that lot.

As always, please RSVP to Nancy of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at nancy@ohstrainconsult.com by this Friday October 9th for an accurate head count for the luncheon and to assure we are within room capacity regulations. If ya get lost, call Nancy Hughes on her cell # 617-959-4414.


10/13/15 – sponsor Shawmut Design and Construction and host Wyndham

11/10/15 – sponsor Zurich and host National Lumber
12/08/15 – sponsor open and host Liberty Mutual

Files Available from the September Meeting

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Hello Roundtable folks,
Our first, after summer break, CSREM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting is Tuesday, September 08th at 10:00. Topic is the new Confined Space in Construction Standard. Attached please find .pdf version of the standard (621 pages) for your reading pleasure. Unlike the sister general industry version there are requirements for the exposing contractor, controlling contractor and in some cases the owner.
Mark Heffron, Sr. Safety and Health Specialist from OSHA’s Region 1 Enforcement Program and Technical Support, Boston Office will instruct us in the new Confined Space in Construction Subpart AA. Mark will discuss General Industry vs. Construction, the definitions of a confined space, a permit-required confined space, site evaluation, permits, training, rescue, host employer information exchange, and more.
This new OSHA rule took effect August 3, 2015 although employers have until October 2, 2015 (OSHA memo) to indicate to OSHA that they are making a good faith effort to comply with the standard. In addition, the standard now includes attics and crawlspaces, this took effect August 4, 2015 and will also be enforceable after October 2, 2015.
This meeting is being sponsored by Derek Lines, Safety & Health Director, John Moriarty & Associates and hosted by Kevin McCarthy of Liberty Mutual. The meeting is being held at Liberty Mutual Conference Center, Riverside Office Park, 20 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493. If ya get lost, call either Kevin on his cell phone # 617-512-0848 or Nancy Hughes on her cell # 617-959-4414.
As you know one needs to be badged for entry into the Liberty’s facility. Please RSVP to Nancy of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at nancy@ohstrainconsult.com by this Friday September 4th @ 12:00 as the food order must be submitted and security list provided to Liberty security.
Jul/Aug – summer off
09/08/15 – sponsor JMA and host Liberty Mutual
10/13/15 – sponsor Shawmut Design and Construction and host Wyndham
11/10/15 – sponsor Zurich and host National Lumber
12/08/15 – sponsor open and host Liberty Mutual

OSHA Publishes Confined Spaces In Construction Final Rule for Inspection

From Glenn Narrow:

Hello Roundtable folks,

OSHA added, the long anticipated, new construction subpart to provide protections to employees working in confined spaces. This new subpart replaces OSHA’s single training requirement for confined space work with a comprehensive standard that includes a permit program designed to protect employees from exposure to many hazards associated with work in confined spaces, including atmospheric and physical hazards. The final rule is similar in content and organization to the general industry confined spaces standard, but also incorporates several provisions from the proposed rule to address construction-specific hazards, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves enforceability of the requirements.

PS if ya plan to print this link caution it is 177 pages long.


Please note new MA Roundtable website is CSREM.org (only difference between old site and new site is we dropped the hyphen/dash).


From Kimberly Stile, Regional Administrator, USDOL – OSHA Region 1:

The Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule has been posted for inspection by the Federal Register and will appear in the Federal Register on Monday, hopefully.  The link to the posted version is: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/04/2015-08843/confined-spaces-in-construction .

OSHA Announces National Stand-Down for Fall Prevention in Construction – June 2-6, 2014

OSHA announces national stand-down for fall prevention in construction

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a national safety stand-down from June 2 to 6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry. “Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “We’re working with employers, workers, industry groups, state OSH plans, and civic and faith-based organizations to host safety stand-downs that focus on recognizing hazards and preventing falls. We are getting the message out to America’s employers that safety pays and falls cost.” During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction, and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. OSHA has also launched an official national safety stand-down website with information on how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterwards, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation. The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. The campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment. “We are pleased to join again with OSHA and our NORA partners to focus on fall prevention at construction sites,” said Dr. John Howard, NIOSH director. “Preventing falls in the construction industry benefits everyone, from the worker, to the employer, to the community at large. This safety stand-down serves as an important opportunity for everyone to take the time to learn how to recognize and prevent fall hazards.” To learn how to partner with OSHA in this stand-down, visit http://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ . The page provides details on how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. To learn more about preventing falls in construction visit http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/ . Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov .