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:  ­­­

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 – , 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 , Cut-Off Machine Safety, Maintenance and Operation .  Special thanks to AGC America,,  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

CPWR/OSHA Webinar on Silica

From Nancy:


Bob and I attended this web-ex meeting last week, some very helpful information and more to come.  Forgive the duplication of information as I know some of you are both members of CSREM and SAFER.

Thanks so much enjoy the summer.

Bob Kunz – “Team,

As a followed to the April 2016 SAFER meeting on Silica, please find the following:

I hope this helps answer questions”.

From Nancy: “The CPWR above create-a-plan tool is awesome be sure to check it out.  They show a sample of how it works in the webinar”.

June’s Meeting Announcement

Hello Roundtable folks,

Our next CSREM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting is Tuesday, June 14th at 10:00. The topic of this meeting is PCB’s in construction materials.

Co-speakers for our meeting are Kimberly N. Tisa, PCB Coordinator, U.S. EPA New England TSCA, Boston, MA and Robert L. May, Jr., President, Fuss & O’Neill EnviroScience, LLC, Manchester, CT.

Kim Tisa will discuss federal PCB regulations and Bob will present PCBs in Buildings: A Consultant’s Perspective.

The sponsors for this meeting are Steve O’Reilly and Tim LeBlanc of Callahan Inc. and the meeting is being hosted through Pat Griffin at New England Carpenters Training Fund, Millbury, MA.

This meeting is being held at Carpenters Training Center, 13 Holman Rd, Millbury, MA 01527 Web: If ya still get lost please call Sarah Glispin 617-206-5760.

As always, please RSVP to Nancy Hughes of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at, by Friday June 10th for an accurate head count for the luncheon.



Jun 14 – sponsor Callahan  – host Carpenter’s Union Training Center, Millbury – topic PCB

Jul/Aug – off for the summer

Sep 13 – sponsor Titan Roofing – host Wyndham, Chelsea – topic rated Skylights

Oct 11 – sponsor open – host Liberty Mutual, Weston – topic open

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

Dec 13 – sponsor open – host Liberty Mutual, Weston – topic open

Have a great week

Glenn & Nancy