Safety Tip – Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Extinguisher Safety Training Did you know that fires and explosions kill more than 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers each year? Not only is fire extinguisher and prevention training necessary in the workplace, but also good training for your home (especially during the holidays when candles and lights are used more frequently). The…

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Now Offering: Utility Worker Traffic Control course

We are happy to announce that we are now offering a Utility Worker Traffic Control course. This course was designed for utility companies that opt out from taking the the MOT Intermediate and/or MOT Advanced courses as well as to replace the FDOT MOT Restricted Activities course that was discounted on July 15, 2014. After completion of this 8 hour course, students will receive a Safety Links certificate and a “basic” flagger certification from the FDOT MOT Administrator. 

If you would like more information regarding this course, click here, or contact Fran at 407-705-3899.

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NOW OFFERING: Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Advanced

Safety Links is now offering MOT Advanced training for both on-site and open enrollment at our training facility in Orlando.

We are currently accepting students in our upcoming MOT Advance training that is scheduled to take place on February 6-7, 2015. If you would like to register for this course, click here.

For more information regarding this or all other MOT courses, contact Nikki or Fran at 1-800-768-7036.

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Now Offering: Breathing Air Testing

Breathing Air Testing

Compressed air has many applications, including its use for breathing air. Some people breathe compressed air using Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and others use airline respirators which are supplied air from various types of compressors.

In OSHA’s respirator protective equipment standard (1910.134) they require “the employer to provide employees using atmosphere-supplying respirators (supplied-air and SCBA) with breathing gases of high purity” and further state that “Compressed breathing air shall meet at least the requirements for Grade D breathing air described in ANSI/Compressed Gas Association Commodity Specification for Air, G-7.1”

Simply put employers on an annual basis must ensure that breathing air….

  • Has 19.5 to 23.5% oxygen
  • Has less than 5 milligrams per cubic meter of Hyrdrocarbons (i.e. Oils)
  • Has less than 10 ppm of Carbon Monoxide
  • Has less than 1000 ppm of Carbon Dioxide and
  • Lack of “noticeable odor”.

For more information, click here

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MOT Changes effective July 15

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has implemented changes to the Maintenance of Traffic training requirements. As a valued customer of Safety Links, we will keep you abreast of changes in training and/or standards that affect your company. If you have questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Effective July 15, 2014


MOT Basic Flagger:

  • All flaggers (existing and new) will have to take a new FDOT approved MOT Basic Flagger certification course by January 1, 2015 and be included in the new online database or they will not be allowed to flag on FDOT projects.
  • The new MOT Basic Flagger certification course has been standardized to ensure consistent training throughout the state, and will be released on July 15, 2014.
  • Only Approved MOT Training Providers can provide the MOT Basic Flagger certification in the State of Florida.
  • The flagger must successfully demonstrate their flagging knowledge and skills to an approved provider.
  • After the skills assessment is successfully completed, the provider will issue an immediate temporary certification.
  • Once the student’s data is entered into the MOT Training database, the permanent MOT Basic Flagger Certificate will be available in the database for printing by that student.
  • The MOT Basic Flagger certification will expire four years after its issuance.

MOT Intermediate and Refresher:

  • All training must be conducted using the FDOT provided course material.
  • Only authorized MOT providers and instructors can provide MOT training in the State of Florida.
  • After the exam is successfully completed, the provider will issue an immediate temporary certification.
  • Once the student’s data is entered into the MOT Training database, the permanent MOT Intermediate Certificate will be available in the database for printing by that student.
  • The MOT Intermediate certification will expire four years after its issuance.

MOT Advanced and Refresher:

  • All training must be conducted using the FDOT provided course material.
  • Only authorized MOT providers and instructors can provide MOT training in the State of Florida.
  • After the exam is successfully completed, the provider will issue an immediate temporary certification.
  • Once the student’s data is entered into the MOT Training database, the permanent MOT Advanced Certificate will be available in the database for printing by that student.
  • The MOT Advanced certification will expire four years after its issuance.

MOT Restricted Activities:

  • Discontinued course. Must take the 16-Hour Intermediate course.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Fran at fsoto@safetylinks.net or 407-705-3899

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Congratulations to the ASSE Central Florida Chapter!

ASSE Central Florida

ASSE Central FloridaOn Monday, April 24, 2014, Society President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, announced that the Central Florida Chapter is the 2012-2013 recipient of the ASSE Medium Chapter of the Year Award!  

“I understand the work and team effort that goes into a successful chapter year, as well as the diligence it takes to track the information requested for the Chapter of the Year petition” Ms. Seabrook says. “As a Chapter of the Year Award winner, you are identified as a leader amongst the 151 ASSE chapters throughout the world, with regard to your professional development, chapter communication and superior service to your constituency. You have set your chapter apart as a true performer and you should be proud of your achievements. Your dedication and commitment have truly helped ASSE to continue to grow and thrive as a premiere organization through your outstanding efforts.”

The Chapter of the Year awards will be given out at the Chapter Recognition Luncheon on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Safety 2014, ASSE’s Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Florida! The luncheon will be held from 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Orange County Convention Center.

Congratulation to the ASSE Central Florida Chapter!

http://centralfl.asse.org/2014/04/central-florida-chapter-recieves-medium-chapter-of-the-year-award/

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OSHA schedules meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 7-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Work groups will meet May 7 and the full committee will meet May 8.

ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.

The full committee agenda includes remarks from Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, updates on rulemaking projects from OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, discussion on the proposed rule on Beryllium: Alternatives for Construction and on updates to OSHA’s standard on eye and face protection in construction and proposed amendments and corrections to OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks standards. In addition, the committee will discuss items from the proposed Standards Improvement Project IV and a presentation on 29 CFR 1926, Subpart V, Power Transmission and Distribution.

Work groups and the full committee will meet in Room N-3437 A-C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210.The following work groups will meet May 7: Health Hazards, Emerging Issues, and Prevention through Design from 10 a.m. – noon; Temporary Workers from 1-3 p.m.; and Training and Outreach from 3:15-5:15 p.m. The full committee meeting will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 8. All meetings are open to the public.

Comments and requests to speak may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted via mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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To view the original press release, visit https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25824

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OSHA announces final rule revising standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule* to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.

“This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor organizations have persistently championed these much-needed measures to better protect the men and women who work on or near electrical power lines.”

OSHA is revising the 40-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard and is also making some revisions to the construction and general industry requirements. The updated standards for general industry and construction include new or revised provisions for host and contract employers to share safety-related information with each other and with employees, as well as for improved fall protection for employees working from aerial lifts and on overhead line structures. In addition, the standards adopt revised approach-distance requirements to better ensure that unprotected workers do not get dangerously close to energized lines and equipment. The final rule also adds new requirements to protect workers from electric arcs.

General industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment are also revised under the final rule. The new standard for electrical protective equipment applies to all construction work and replaces the existing construction standard, which was based on out-of-date information, with a set of performance-oriented requirements consistent with the latest revisions of the relevant consensus standards. The new standards address the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment, including new requirements that equipment made of materials other than rubber provide adequate protection from electrical hazards.

The final rule will result in estimated monetized benefits of $179 million annually, with net benefits equal to about $130 million annually.

Additional information on the final rule is available at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/power_generation/. The final rule becomes effective 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. OSHA adopted delayed compliance deadlines for certain requirements.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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To view the original press release, visit https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25806

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OSHA announces national stand-down for fall prevention in construction

Worker falling

Worker fallingWASHINGTON – The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a national safety stand-down from June 2 to 6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.

“Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “We’re working with employers, workers, industry groups, state OSH plans, and civic and faith-based organizations to host safety stand-downs that focus on recognizing hazards and preventing falls. We are getting the message out to America’s employers that safety pays and falls cost.”

During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction, and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. OSHA has also launched an official national safety stand-down website with information on how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterwards, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation.

The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. The campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment.

“We are pleased to join again with OSHA and our NORA partners to focus on fall prevention at construction sites,” said Dr. John Howard, NIOSH director. “Preventing falls in the construction industry benefits everyone, from the worker, to the employer, to the community at large. This safety stand-down serves as an important opportunity for everyone to take the time to learn how to recognize and prevent fall hazards.”

To learn how to partner with OSHA in this stand-down, visit http://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/. The page provides details on how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. To learn more about preventing falls in construction visit http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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IOA Safety

IOA Safety Links

We are pleased to announce that on March 1, 2014 Safety Links joined the Insurance Office of America (IOA) Family of Companies.

We will continue our operations as usual and you can count on us to be your provider of innovative, safety and risk control solutions throughout the state of Florida and beyond!

IOA Safety Links

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