LEADSMART BLOG

Before you get back working full time, let’s take care of your SILICA training

As we prepare to return to the field, let's make this time work for us. OSHA’s Crystalline Silica standards (1926.1153) requires workers be trained in the hazards of silica, medical requirements and best practices (1926.1153(i)(2)(i)) We have been offering this training live for sometime now. Before our “staycation”, we have represented two firms who found themselves on the wrong side of Silica citations. Not our preferred way to begin working with you. This dangerous hazard can be [...]

2020-04-27T15:30:38-04:00April 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Do Dust Masks Require Respirator Protection Training?

Parker, the namesake of Parker Safety Group, says: the short answer is YES. A dust mask is a respirator which means it requires Respirator Protection Training and more… I wrote this article a few years ago. Perhaps it’s time to revise it. FIRST – let’s be clear. Dust masks are filtering face pieces and absolutely require medical evaluations, training and fit testing. To read the actual regulation, follow this link (bring coffee!) Respiratory Regulation. However, these are [...]

2020-04-20T11:57:17-04:00April 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

NEWS CONCERNING YOUR CSL RENEWAL

We offer both INITIAL CSL Preparatory Classes as well as RENEWAL CSL Classes. INITIAL CSL Information regarding your initial CSL testing can be found below on our LICENSES tab which will direct you to MA site providing you with all the information you need. To prepare for your test, we suggest you participate in one of our preparatory classes. We offer both an online course as well as a LIVE in person class throughout MA. LIVE CLASSES [...]

2020-05-04T12:10:50-04:00April 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Having Fun Yet?

If you told me a month ago I would be able to take a month or two and relax very soon, I would have had you admitted to the insane asylum. This time we are all experiencing is to say the least – chaotic. Here’s some things I have found out about myself during this trying time: I was not meant to be at home very long (ask my wife) I am more of a workaholic than [...]

End of Year Happenings

Got a Minute? Ever put off something so long you finally say TODAY it will get done! I figured the day after Thanksgiving would be perfect. Get in here by 8 (yes I slept in!) and get this written. No one will be calling, I should have the place to myself. I just saw the clock turn to 4 - and this is as far as I got. I did however have great phone conversations with customers [...]

2019-12-16T14:56:32-04:00December 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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|

Court decides Sub-contractors are your workers….They really are just like your family

Have kids? Want them safe? Ever have to be the bad parent to keep them that way? Ever been told the homework is all done…..when you know better? Have you ever had to be that parent and discipline them – for their own good? Have Subcontractors? Want them safe? Ever have to be the bad parent to keep them that way? Ever been told the work is all done…..when you know better? Have you ever had to [...]

2019-01-07T16:54:36-04:00January 7th, 2019|CSL NEWS, LEAD PAINT NEWS, MA Building Code, Quick Hits|

Safety, Certifications, Licenses: Get them to work FOR you

I recently completed an OSHA 30 course for a residential housing developer in Wrentham, MA. Yes, you read this correctly: I taught a 4-day, 30-hour course for all this firm’s foremen and sub-contractors. It always impresses me when I see an organization that raises the bar of safety expectations beyond legal minimum requirements. And no, this training was not for a publicly funded project where it would be mandatory.  This is simply how this developer operates — [...]

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|

JLC Online: Working Lead-Safe

A recent article in JLC Online, “Working Lead-Safe,” by Tom O'Brien, is hitting the ’net. If you’re not a subscriber, click here to read the full article. It quotes one of your favorite trainers, Peter Lawton. An excerpt: None of us are getting any younger. And for some remodelers, the years seem to have taken a heavier toll; High blood pressure, kidney trouble, memory problems, mood disorders, and erectile dysfunction are all age-related maladies. But each is [...]

2016-05-27T10:45:37-04:00May 20th, 2016|LEAD PAINT NEWS, Quick Hits|