The Importance of Respirator Protection Training and Fit Testing

Respiratory protection is crucial in the construction industry, where workers are often exposed to hazardous airborne particles and contaminants. Recognizing the importance of safeguarding employee health and complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, construction companies are encouraged to enroll their employees in the LeadSMART Training’s Employee Respirator Protection Training & Fit Testing program. This comprehensive three-hour class not only meets OSHA's training requirements but equips employees with essential knowledge and skills to effectively utilize [...]

2024-06-17T14:51:57-04:00June 17th, 2024|OSHA NEWS|

OSHA On The Prowl Again

A client of ours received a letter stating that OSHA is planning a new inspection initiative that will focus on enhanced enforcement in the engineered stone fabrication and installation industry. Upon reading the letter forwarded to us, I ventured onto OSHA's website (osha.gov) to see the section—follow the link to see their announcement:  https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/national/09252023 Crystaline Silica is not cancerous. What it does to your lungs is a scarring that is called fibrosis. This leads to silicosis which [...]

2023-11-06T14:06:28-04:00November 6th, 2023|OSHA NEWS, Silica|

Heads Up Connecticut: EPA is Investigating in Your State!

The EPA recently sent out an RRP Enforcement Alert warning Connecticut contractors that they will be focusing their investigations on Connecticut jobsites. Here’s their wording… “Over the next year, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 will focus their investigations on companies and contractors in Connecticut (CT) who conduct renovation, repair, and/or painting activities to determine compliance with EPA’s lead-based paint RRP Rule. Furthermore, we hope to help address lead disparities in overburdened communities [...]

2022-07-27T12:41:27-04:00July 26th, 2022|OSHA NEWS|


GRAB YOUR POPCORN… AND YOUR SAFETY TRAINING CERTIFICATE! LeadSMART Training Solutions Presents… NEW! SAFETY-ON-DEMAND ONLINE TRAINING Earn your OSHA-compliant Safety Certificates with this totally new library of informative, entertaining online video classes taught by LeadSMART’s own trainers. Learn everything you need to know to comply with OSHA from the comfort of your home on your own schedule. Now contractors in New England and across the whole country can learn from the best contractor trainers in the business [...]

2022-07-14T12:18:56-04:00July 14th, 2022|Online Training, OSHA NEWS|

Do you work with natural or engineered stone, concrete or mortar? Prevent Lung Disease with Silica Training!

The facts are clear: Respirable crystalline silica exposure causes silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease. In 2019, the CDC reported on this disease being found in Engineered Stone Fabrication Workers in four states. In addition to countertop fabricators, silica exposure is high in any contractor who works cutting, grinding, drilling or crushing stone, rock, concrete, mortar, brick or ceramic products. It’s essential for employers to offer Silica Safety Training to any worker who works with [...]

2022-06-27T09:23:01-04:00June 27th, 2022|OSHA NEWS|

LeadSmart is Now Your Red Cross Authorized Training Provider

A nail goes into a hand. A beam hits a contractor in the back and knocks the wind out of him. One false step and someone falls off a roof. Contractors know that every day might be the day. So, how do you prepare? It’s human nature to say, “It won’t happen to me,” or “My job is safe.” But, are you really prepared? Did you know OSHA requires that an employer must ensure prompt first aid [...]

2022-04-27T13:00:17-04:00April 26th, 2022|OSHA NEWS|

On Demand Safety Training

There’s a new way to train your crew to be safe on the job, and we think you’re going to like it -- a lot. It means no loss of production time, less cost and a solid chance your crew will retain the information and change unsafe behaviors. Our On Demand Safety Training offers: Short, informative videos -- one safety topic at a time -- sent directly to workers and supervisors three times each month. They can [...]

2021-01-22T10:13:30-04:00January 22nd, 2021|LEAD PAINT NEWS, OSHA NEWS|

From the Desk of Peter

"Can you take a call" Sue asked with the phone in her hand – "he really wants to speak with you." I felt my mind race with possibilities – the next few minutes brought me to my knees. “I am sorry to bother you, but you need to hear this --- I have been attending your classes now for over six years. Last year I listened to something you have said repeatedly during your silica talk about [...]

MA Municipalities Must Now Protect Their Workers to OSHA Standards

BREAKING NEWS!! Ever drive by a road repair and see workers in a trench without any protection and say “OSHA WOULD BE ON MY SITE IN A MINUTE IF I DID THAT!!” Thanks to Governor Baker, as of February 1, 2019, all municipalities must train and protect their workers just like you are required on your jobsites. Baker signed the law (Chapter 44 of the Acts of 2018) on March 9, 2018 and will go into effect [...]

2019-01-18T11:52:57-04:00January 18th, 2019|OSHA NEWS|

OSHA Fines Are on the Rise for the First Time in 25 Years

On November 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Why should you care? Well, besides keeping our country running, contained in this piece of legislation is a provision that requires OSHA to adjust their “civil money penalties.” That adjustment is to be based on inflation. All penalties proposed or assessed after August 1, 2016 will be impacted. OSHA fines are going up, folks. The Department of Labor will be publishing an Interim Final Rule [...]

2016-05-24T09:19:56-04:00May 24th, 2016|OSHA NEWS|