OSHA 2016 Form 300A Online Submission Deadline is December 15, 2017

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Some establishments are coming up on an important OSHA deadline for online submission of their 2016 OSHA Form 300A. That deadline is December 15, 2017. Please note that on November 22, 2017, OSHA issued a press release stating that the previous December 1, 2017 deadline had been pushed back to December 15, so if this new date looks weird to you, that’s why.

You can upload and submit your information here on OSHA’s site.

Which establishments have to submit online, you ask? Good question:

There are some exceptions for establishments covered by OSHA-approved state plans that have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically. Those states are:

  • California
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

In addition, state and local government establishments in the following states are also not currently required to submit their data electronically:

  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • New York

For additional information on these exceptions, contact your State Plan with the contact information available here.

This December 15, 2017 deadline is only for the 2016 300A forms and only for the establishments defined above. However, for those of you who are forward-thinking, you might want to know about following upcoming deadlines as well:

  • July 1, 2018, for all covered establishments with 250 or more employees: 2017 Forms 300A, 300, and 301
  • July 1, 2018, for all covered establishments with 20-249 emplyees: 2017 Form 300A
  • March 2, 2019 and future years: Online submissions must be made by March 2

If you need help with your OSHA recordkeeping and online submission, we’ve got software and training courses to help.

Our Incident Management Software, or IMS, allows you to log all workplace incidents, investigate them, correct them, create all necessary OSHA forms (300A, 300, and 301), and even submit online to OSHA. The short video below provides a good high-level explanation.

In addition, our online OSHA Recordkeeping training course may be a valuable addition to your safety training program at work.

Hope that helps! Let us know if you have questions.

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What Is RCRA? The EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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According to the EPA, RCRA, or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, is “the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.” The EPA continues to explain that “The law describes the waste management program mandated by Congress that gave EPA authority to develop the RCRA program. The term RCRA is often used interchangeably to refer to the law, regulations and EPA policy and guidance.”

So in effect, the acronym RCRA is used to refer to a lot of stuff related to the regulations regarding hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.

In this article, we’ll go into more detail about the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and in particular help you learn to determine what a hazardous waste is.

If your interests are broader, you may also enjoy our article that explains EPA and Environmental Regulations.


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ASSE Columbia/Willamette Luncheon–Safety Training Discussion

We gave a presentation on safety training and online safety training at the recent (November) meeting of the ASSE’s Columbia/Willamette Chapter. Thanks to all involved, including of course those who attended and participated in the discussion, those who helped organize and set the luncheon up, and the staff at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill for hosting us.

Our presentation touched on four basic issues:

  • The ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 standard on EHS training
  • Some basic tips for designing, developing, and delivering better safety training
  • The upcoming/in-development ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard on “virtual” or “online” EHS training
  • Some basic tips on evaluating online safety training solutions

We’ve got a little more information about each of those four items for you below, including links to free webinars, free downloadable guides, and more. You can also email us to get a copy of the PowerPoint we used to facilitate the discussion.


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LOTO Safety: The 6 Steps of Lockout/Tagout

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LOTO stands for lockout/tagout. When done properly before equipment service or maintenance, lockout/tagout procedures control hazardous energy and protect workers from harm.

In this article, we’ll look at the basics of lockout/tagout and LOTO safety. This will include some basic definitions, relevant OSHA regulations and informational resources, and steps to follow when performing lockout.

In addition to this article, you may find some of our other LOTO articles and resources instructive and even fun. These include:


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Additional Mining Safety Training Topics for MSHA Part 46’s Annual Refresher Training Program–30 CFR 46.8(c)

MSHA Part 46 mandates safety training requirements at surface mines. For more specifics about that, please read our What Is MSHA Part 46? article (a quick side-note: we’ll include a lot of other helpful links to MSHA Part 46-related materials at the end of this article).

Within Part 46, MSHA requires different types of mining safety training to be delivered to different types of miners and employees and at different times. MSHA and Part 46 call these requirements “training programs,” and here are the ones MSHA lists:

  • New Miner Training (46.5)
  • Newly Hired Experience Miner Training (46.6)
  • New Task Training (46.7)
  • Annual Refresher Training (46.8)
  • Site-Specific Hazard Awareness Training (46.11)

It’s the Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Program for surface miners that we’re going to look at more closely in this article.

In 46.8, the regulation states that the annual refresher safety training must include “instruction on changes at the mine that could adversely affect the miner’s health or safety.” In addition to that, however, the regulation says that “refresher training must also address other health and safety subjects that are relevant to mining operations at the mine.”

Although MSHA doesn’t require specific training topics for those “other health and safety subjects…relevant to mining operations at the mine,” they do provide a list of suggestions or possibilities.

This article will provide more details about those suggestions from MSHA for additional training to include in the Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Program in addition to changes at the mine.

Before you begin reading (or maybe after), you may also enjoy checking out these two fun, interactive/multimedia online mining safety training tools we’ve got for you:

As explained if you follow those two links above, you can even download these for free.

As we give suggestions below, we’ll include some samples of online training for each topic. These samples are drawn from the online MSHA training courses offered by Convergence Training. A short sample highlight video is below.


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Come See Us at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, November 1-3, 2017, Birmingham, AL

If you’re going to be at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference in lovely Birmingham, Alabama this week, we invite you to come to our booth, say hello, and learn about our solutions for mining safety training and MSHA Part 46 compliance.

We’re in Booth 23 and would love to meet you.

While we’re there, we’ll be showing our award-winning solutions for mining safety training. Which awards, you ask? How about these for starters:

Not bad, huh?

For more information, check out these links:

The short video below explains our MSHA Part 46 compliance solution, including online courses and an LMS for managing training and creating all Part 46-required documentation, in more detail.

See you in Birmingham! And don’t forget to download the free guide below, too.


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Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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A paper manufacturing facility has many hazards that must be considered in order to create a safe, healthy work environment.

In this article, we’ll point out quite a few of the general types of hazards that are common in paper manufacturing. Many of the images we’ll show come from our Online Paper Machine General Safety online course. We’ll start with a quick sample from that course.


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Warehouse Safety Tips

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I recently attended a pre-conference workshop at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference on warehouse safety, which was led by folks from the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and which functions as OSHA 7005.

I’ll be writing in more detail about warehouse safety in future weeks, but thought I’d take a moment here to share some worthwhile tips I picked up in the training.

All credit to the class instructor (Dana Stahl), UW, and the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences on this one.

And with that, let’s get on to sharing some important warehouse safety tips.


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MSHA TRAM 2017: A Look Back


We’re just back from the 2017 MSHA TRAM conference at the National Mine and Health Safety Academy in Beaver, WV and thought we’d give an overview of some of the presentations we attended and some of the things we learned.

We also figured we’d show you some pictures of our trip–not everyone gets out to West Virginia or the Mine and Health Safety Academy every day (or ever).

While we were there we gave two presentations of our own: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies. We’d like to thank those who attended those sessions and helped to contribute to the discussion in each. Those links in this paragraph provide some more related information about each of those presentations, including a related recorded on-demand webinar, helpful links, and free downloadable guides.

Below, we’ll tell you more about some of the other presentations we attended.


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What To Expect from an OSHA PSM Investigation

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OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation, also known as PSM, sets specific requirements for employers who use highly hazardous chemicals at the workplace.

And because these highly hazardous chemicals can lead to catastrophic events, OSHA takes the PSM regulation very seriously. Part of that seriousness includes rigorous PSM inspections at work areas covered by the PSM regulation.

Not so long ago, we sat in on a conference presentation about PSM inspections from Brandi Davis of Oregon OSHA. Ms. Davis is a Senior Health Compliance Officer (and Industrial Hygienist) with Oregon OSHA who performs PSM inspections and she’s been kind enough to talk with us about what to expect during an OSHA PSM inspection. So if you’re curious about this, go right ahead and read the rest of the article.

Also, please know we’ve included a free PSM compliance checklist for you at the bottom of this article in addition to the tips from the OSHA PSM inspector.


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Workforce development is essential for businesses and other organizations in today’s economy. And while there are many aspects to great workforce development, starting with successful onboarding of new employees, workforce development training is a key part of the effort as well.

Yet many organizations don’t have an expertise in training development, and aren’t familiar with the nuts and bolts of how to go about it.

In this article, we’ll give you a simple blueprint to follow when developing workforce development training. Following these steps will get you far, and once you’ve got this down you can learn more and further refine your workforce development training as well as other aspects of your workforce development efforts.


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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies

At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies for Mining. It includes some additional helpful information that may help you learn about this brave new frontier.

We have a similar supporting blog post for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions as well. You’ll see there’s some cross-over between the two presentations.


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