GWO Memo for US - DBR October 2018

In Rhode Island: “All contractors performing work on municipal and state construction projects with a total project cost of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more, shall have an OSHA "ten (10) hour construction safety program" for their on-site employees. The training program shall utilize instructors trained by the occupational safety and health administration, using an OSHA approved curriculum. Graduates shall receive a card from the U.S. department of labor occupational safety and health administration certifying the successful completion of the training course.” R.I. G EN . L AWS §37-23-1. In West Virginia: “No person or business entity providing services as a contractor or subcontractor under a contract, entered on or after July 1, 2014, for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling or repairs of any public improvement, by or on behalf of a public authority, where the total contract cost of all work to be performed by all contractors and subcontractors is in excess of $50,000, may use, employ or assign any person to a public improvement work site who has not successfully completed a ten-hour construction safety program designed by OSHA, no later than twenty-one calendar days after being employed at or assigned to the public improvement work site.” W. V A . C ODE §21-3-22. vi The mandatory curriculum for the 10 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program includes introductions to OSHA, personal protective equipment, lifesaving equipment, health hazards in construction, and the “focus four hazards,” which are falls, electrocutions, struck-by hazards, and caught-in or between hazards. Elective topics include, among other things, cranes, materials handling, scaffolds, ladders and one hour of optional material covering industry specific hazards. See S TATES T HAT R EQUIRE OSHA O UTREACH T RAINING . The mandatory curriculum for the 30 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program mirrors that of the required curriculum of the 10 Hour version of the course, but the training time that is devoted to each topic is increased. 30 Hour course electives may include, among other things, safety information about concrete construction, excavations, confined space entry, steel erection, powered industrial trucks, welding and cutting, as well as 3 hours of optional material covering industry hazards and/or an expansion of discussion on required topics. See id. vii It is expected that, in order to satisfy safety training requirements for all of the OSHA General Industry, Construction, and Maritime Standards that are applicable to the working conditions of the wind power industry, employers would need to supplement the GWO BST and BTT standards instruction with additional work-place specific training. viii Although similar in concept to OSHA’s 10 Hour and 30 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Programs, GWO’s BST and BTT standards were developed to address the unique safety needs of the wind power industry. Accordingly, as the wind power industry continues to grow within the United States, there might be opportunities for GWO members to petition OSHA to: (a) expand its Construction Industry Outreach Training Program to include training offerings which, rather than being generally applicable to all types of construction work, are specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the wind power industry; and (b) provide accreditation to GWO members (and others) to deliver a Construction Industry Outreach Training Program training that is specific to the wind power industry.

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