SAN JOSE, CA., March 9, 2020 - Enviro Safetech a leading Safety and Environmental Health Consulting, Training, and Staffing firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area, launched it's latest innovation in Confined Space Training.
Jay Jamali President of Enviro Safetech, announced the new Mobile Confined Space Training Simulator at the ASSP Safety Focus conference in Las Vegas on February 18th, "The benefits of our new Confined Space Trainer are that students can conveniently and safely practice good Confined Space entry techniques and skills, on state of the art equipment, in a completely controlled simulation, without the time, costs, and risks of entering an actual Confined Space."
Enviro Safetech's new Confined Space Training Simulator is an efficient and effective learning tool, since students can focus on developing best practice entry, rescue skills and techniques safely and without entering a potentially dangerous real space. The new simulator also offers the ability to control and vary the entry and rescue conditions that workers entering confined spaces might face in the real world, thus providing effective training scenarios and conditions workers might encounter on the job.
The mobility of the simulator allows for the entire training system to be delivered to the customer site, rather than using an actual existing confined space at customer facilities which even for training, still requires an Entry Permit to be issued, a Supervisor, Attendant, and Rescue Team assigned and activated.
The simulator is ideal for Confined Space Entrant, Attendant and Supervisory roles, as well as in-house Confined Space Rescue team training. Good Fall Protection behaviors and skills training is another feature of the simulator. Workers can practice safely ascending and descending from height, as well as practice advanced Fall related rescue techniques.
Customers or Agencies wishing to learn more about Enviro Safetech's new Confined Space Simulator, or to schedule their Confined Space or Fall Protection training, can contact Enviro Safetech at: email@example.com or call M-F 8am-5pm: (408) 943-9090
By Jay Jamali
Enviro Safetech recommends that our clients update their serious injury or illness reporting requirements in California as of January 2020 due to AB 1804 and AB 1805 as follows:
REMINDER: Cal-OSHA requires employers to report fatalities, serious injuries, and serious illness to the nearest Cal/OSHA district office immediately (as soon as practically possible but no more than 8 hours after learning of the event).
AB1804 now requires that in case of a serious injury or illness, or death, a report shall be made immediately by the employer to Cal-OSHA by telephone or through a specified online mechanism. Until Cal-OSHA has made the online mechanism available, the employer shall be permitted to make the report required by this subdivision by telephone or email (Fax is not an option).
The rapidly developing outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) in central China is sparking fears of a widespread health threat, a pandemic even, but right now there are as many questions as there are answers. Some cities around the world have declared a crisis and closed schools and non-essential businesses.
So far, two Californians have been infected with the virus after traveling from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is to believed to have started at a large seafood and animal market. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “the virus likely emerged from an animal source” and became transmittable between humans. The source is believed to have been a snake.
The California patients are from Orange and Los Angeles counties and are being treated at local hospitals. Public health authorities in the Southland say there is a low risk for infection from these cases.
NCoV-2019 has been confirmed in three patients in other states including Arizona, but as of yet there is no indication of widespread infection in these United States.
But both the knowns and the unknowns in this evolving situation are troubling. For instance, the Chinese health minister has stated that people can become infectious while the virus is still incubating, meaning they can transmit it without being symptomatic.
American authorities want to travel to China to see the data supporting that assertion. The other question is whether the virus can “travel” on inanimate objects, which could further spread infection. CDC has said that coronaviruses have “poor survivability” on surfaces, and there is a low risk of spread from products or packaging shipped to the United States from China.
What is clear is that the virus is transmitted between humans from coughing, sneezing and touching. Entering through the eyes, nose, and mouth, the virus finds a host cell in the respiratory system and infects it, after which the host cell bursts and infects other cells. The incubation period is up to two weeks. Symptoms include a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat, and high temperature. After two to seven days, patients will develop a dry cough and mild breathing difficulty. Victims also can experience body aching, gastrointestinal distress, and diarrhea.
Severe symptoms include a temperature of at least 100.4ºF, pneumonia, and kidney failure. So far in China, the virus has infected almost 3,000 people and killed at least 81. To date, there have been no deaths in the United States and CDC says the health risk here is “considered low at this time.”
There is no specific or preventative treatment for nCoV-2019. Infected persons “should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms,” CDC says. Authorities are urging individuals to practice these preventive steps, which is wise anyway considering we’re still in the flu season:
Surgical masks can help prevent infecting others if you are ill, but will not prevent you from inhaling germs.
OSHA has released more than a dozen fact sheets that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction.
One fact sheet is an overview of the silica standard. The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1— Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.
Safety and Health Regulations for Construction
Title: Respirable crystalline silica.
SILICA FACT SHEETS
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Crushing Machines Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3935 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Dowel Drilling Rigs for Concrete Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3930 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Drivable Saws Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3928 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Handheld and Stand-Mounted Drills Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3630 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Handheld Grinders for Mortar Removal (Tuckpointing) Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3632 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Handheld Grinders for Tasks Other Than Mortar Removal Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3628 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Handheld Power Saws Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3627 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Heavy Equipment and Utility Vehicles Used During Demolition Activities Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3936 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Heavy Equipment and Utility Vehicles Used for Grading and Excavating Tasks Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3937 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Jackhammers or Handheld Powered Chipping Tools Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3629 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Large Drivable Milling Machines (Half Lane and Larger) Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3934 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Overview of Standard Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS 3681 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Rig-Mounted Core Saws or Drills Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3929 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Small Drivable Milling Machines (Less than Half Lane) Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3933 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Stationary Masonry Saws Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3631 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Vehicle-Mounted Drilling Rigs for Rock and Concrete Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3931 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Walk-Behind Milling Machines and Floor Grinders Fact Sheet NEW
(OSHA FS-3932 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Silica: Controlling Silica Dust in Construction - Walk-Behind Saws Fact Sheet Revised
(OSHA FS-3633 - 2017) (English: PDF)
Enviro Safetech is a leading Environmental, Health and Safety consulting company founded in 1990 and located in San Jose, California.