Friday, April 20, 2018

April is National Safe Digging Month


April is National Safe Digging Month, bringing awareness to digging safely around underground utility lines.

Did you know that every six seconds an underground utility line is damaged because of improper digging?

Follow these five simple steps to avoid that from happening to you.

We're your #1 source for trenching and excavation written program development and employee training.

Call us today! 855.2.ehsInc [855.234.7462]

Friday, April 13, 2018

Helping Send Sac State Students to the ASC Reno Student Competition


ehsInc was among the many sponsors that helped send students to this year's Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition back in February at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

Our contribution helped send 76 Sacramento State students to this event.

The Sacramento Construction Management Education Foundation (SCMEF) did an amazing job showing their gratitude to their sponsors. Thank you for the group photo (shown above), letter and certificate of appreciation.

We are proud to help support efforts in promoting professional development opportunities for students who will be better prepared entering the construction industry workforce in the near future.

The Numbers Don't Lie
49     Participating Universities
21     States
195   Teams
1160 Students on a team
253   Alternates
30     Student volunteers
1443 Total number of students
160   Faculty attendees
103   Companies in Job Fair
44     Industry attendance companies
1199 Industry attendees
2848 Total number of people registered

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

04/26/18 Webinar Spotlight: When Cal/OSHA Comes Knockin'

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Come join us for this month's webinar on the Do's and Don'ts, and Strategies for Employers in the event of a Cal/OSHA inspection.

Remember, our webinar registration fee is waived for all clients and members of our partners!

Monday, April 9, 2018

ehsInc Supports National Work Zone Awareness Week: April 9-13, 2018



Too many senseless deaths happen in and around roadway work zones. Work zone safety truly is everybody's responsibility!

When driving through a work zone or when you see orange - SLOW DOWN AND FOLLOW ALL SIGNS!

We proudly support National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW).

Safety Written Program Development and Employee Traffic Control and Flagging training is a must! Get trained today!

ehsInc - Your Safety Experts. 855.234.7462

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

ehsInc & UC San Diego Extension Provide Students in Construction Scholarships

http://www.ehsinc.org/UCSD-Extension.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2018

ehs International, Inc., and University California San Diego Extension
Provide Students in Construction Scholarships

Irvine, Calif. - ehs International, Inc., (ehsInc) is pleased to announce a partnership with University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension to offer scholarships, the ehsInc Cares Scholarship, for students choosing a career path in construction. The scholarship represents an investment in the development of future industry professionals in the Southern California region.

“The team at ehsInc is committed to the success of students pursuing careers in the construction industry, specifically the environmental health and safety field” said Marjorie Del Toro, President ehsInc. “Protecting our workforce for future generations is a foundation of our business and we believe developing the next generation is key to upholding that value. The partnership with UCSD Extension is a great fit for both ehsInc and the University. We are looking forward to continuing to find new opportunities to grow the workforce of tomorrow.”

In the spirit of creating new opportunities for students, two yearly scholarships will be awarded based on eligibility, qualifications and the availability of funds. Individuals wishing to submit an application must do so before the deadline of May 4, 2018. Priority will be given to individuals with experience in construction or those who have completed course work in related fields. Interested candidates can learn more and fill out an application by clicking here.

In addition to the scholarship UCSD Extension and ehsInc have aligned to bring students higher level, technology based, hands-on safety training. Through this partnership students and clients will have complimentary access to safety tailgates, monthly webinars and preferred rates for most services. Del Toro states “This will strengthen the career prospects for current and future students while assisting with the labor shortage of the construction industry.” 

Full Press Release

Thursday, March 29, 2018

We will be closed on Good Friday, March 30th



We will be closed on Good Friday, March 30th. We want to wish you a very
Hop-py Easter!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Emergi-Clean Embraces Their Partners On Their Fleet


Check out our exclusive East Coast partner Emergi-Clean showing us love on their fleet of emergency response vehicles!

Emergi-Clean. Inc is a corporation dedicated and committed to providing specialized bio-hazard decontamination services.

Our East Coast Learning Center is now offering the SST-Required OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Construction Courses! Click below for more information.

Governor Brown Appoints Marjorie Del Toro to the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board

Photo Credit: State of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2018


ehs International, Inc., Chief Executive Officer, Marjorie Del Toro Appointed to California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board.

Irvine, Calif. - ehs International, Inc., (ehsInc) is pleased to announce Marjorie Del Toro has been appointed to the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board of Directors. Del Toro will be serving a two-year term and will work to help guide policy decisions, improve public and worker safety and investigate accidents.

 “I am honored to serve on the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board of Directors, with my fellow board member,” said Marjorie Del Toro, CEO, ehsInc. “During my term on the board I am looking to improve the safety of workers in subsurface operations and put forward policy suggestions that can address some of the challenges at jobsites around California.” 

The appointment of Del Toro to the Board of Directors shows a commitment by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to creating a diverse and well-rounded group of professionals who are well equipped to address the challenges currently facing an industry that works to create some of the most important projects in California. As the first woman appointed to the Board of Directors, Del Toro will provide a voice for underrepresented groups of workers. 

The California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board works to create new and adjusted policy solutions that are used when considering changes to jobsite safety procedures. The Board strives to be a model regulatory and investigatory board for other states to emulate. There will be an annual meeting of the Board of Directors, the first of which occurred on February 1, 2018. During these meetings the Board will report to the Governor and California State Legislature on its activities and recommendations.

Senate Bill No. 661 - Protection of subsurface installations 
Full Press Release
CA Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board Website

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Celebrating Women In Construction Week - March 4-10, 2018


We're proud to be celebrating Women in Construction (WIC) Week, March 4-10, 2018.

We echo AGC of California's Go Build mission of breaking down stereotypes by recruiting the next generation of skilled tradeswomen!

ehsInc has been woman-owned since 1997 and 60% of our employees are female with hard hats. :)

Monday, March 5, 2018

We'll be at the UC San Diego Extension Pacific Coast Safety Fest - March 7th


This week we'll be exhibiting at UC San Diego Extension's Pacific Coast Safety Fest on March 7th.

We're happy to show our support for such a great event. Making safety and health a vital component of all workplaces is the aim of this event. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with University of California San Diego Extension OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC), will be hosting the safety expo for the public with seminars and courses. The event is open to contractors, small business owners, professional technical educators, businesses required to follow OSHA standards, and anyone interested in creating a safer workplace.

Each class is just $20 this year. Attendees will receive credit for authorized OSHA Education Center classes and will receive a certificate of attendance for all classes. 

About Our Partnership
UC San Diego Extension's Occupational Safety and Health Department and ehsInc have joined forces to provide the best safety consulting and training for the workforce.

Partnership Perks for UCSD Extension Members:
  • Scholarship
  • Preferred Rates
  • Free Monthly Webinars
  • Free Tailgate Subscription
Click here for more information about this event

Monday, February 26, 2018

Revisions made to Option B draft: Creating a Standalone Indoor Standard for Heat Illness Prevention



Cal/OSHA has gathered public advisory meetings to develop a proposed regulation for minimizing heat-related illness among workers in indoor places of employment.

At these advisory meetings, stakeholders and the public have an opportunity to provide input for this proposed standard.

Here are the latest revisions from the February 16, 2018 meeting.

 
Option B: Create Standalone Indoor Standard for Heat Illness Prevention
 

If you'd like to contribute, please submit your comments by Friday, March 1, 2018, to rs@dir.ca.gov

For Heat Illness Prevention Written Program Development, Risk Assessments, or Employee Training, give us a call 855.2.ehsInc (347462)

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Monday, February 5, 2018

OSHA Increases Their Penalty Amounts by 2%

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adjusted their penalty amounts last month by 2% to reflect current inflation rates.

As of January 2, 2018, OSHA has set the following civil penalty amounts for these violations:
  • Serious/Other-Than-Serious/Posting Requirements = $12,934 per violation
  • Failure to Abate = $12,934 per day beyond the abatement date
  • Willful or Repeated = $129,336 per violation.

Friday, January 26, 2018

We'll be at the 2018 Nexus Convention in Vegas Jan 29th - 31st



As the title tells you, we will be at the 2018 Nexus Convention located in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino from January 29th - 31st.

Catch us at BOOTH 508. We'll have cool giveaways and prizes, plus the literature on the latest regulatory updates. We even have an exclusive Nexus show promo code for preferred rates!

See you then!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016


The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016.

There were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015. This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first tim emore than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries (CFOI) since 2008, The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010.

Click here for the full read

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jan 25th Webinar: The NFPA 70E Risk Factor: Addressing 2018 Edition Requirements

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Presenter Bio:
Paul A Zoubek, CSP, CESCP, SMS is president with Zoubek Consulting, LLC in San Diego and is a nationally recognized consultant in the area of electrical safety. He provides expert advice in the areas of management and engineering control of electrical hazards for companies nationwide. He advises companies in the areas of engineering electrical hazard control, written electrical safety program development, and training. He has presented numerous training courses and written several articles on electrical safety/arc flash focusing on NFPA 70E.

Webinar Description:
NFPA 70E (Electrical Safety in the Workplace) continues to address the concept of risk assessment and mitigation. The 2018 edition introduces human error in the likelihood of an incident as part of the assessment. To address human error, qualified persons must be familiar with human performance concepts as they pertain to risk. In addition other factors that affect the likelihood variable in risk assessment must be addressed. This presentation will cover the overall risk assessment process as required by NFPA 70E focusing on the likelihood variable as it pertains to the most recent requirements.

Objectives: 

  • Define risk as it pertains to electrical safety. 
  • Identify causes of human error and its effects on job performance as a component of risk assessment and the likelihood variable. 
  • Use human performance tools provided in NFPA 70E, Annex Q when completing job site reviews. 
  • Utilize additional resources for determining the likelihood that arc flash will occur.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations Following Fatal Bee Attack on Tree Worker


News Release No.: 2018-02 Date: January 4, 2018

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations Following Fatal Bee Attack on Tree Worker

San Bernardino—Cal/OSHA has issued citations to Hadley Date Gardens Inc. of Thermal for serious workplace safety and health violations following a bee swarm that stung and killed a tree worker. The incident serves as a reminder that employers must protect tree workers from these types of hazards.

On July 3, 2017, a tree worker was spraying water on date palm fruit from the elevated bucket of a spraying rig when a beehive was disturbed. The bees repeatedly stung the worker, who suffered anaphylactic shock and died at the site.

“Recognized workplace hazards for tree workers include bee and other harmful insect exposure,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Employers must identify and evaluate workplace hazards, and provide appropriate personal protective equipment and effective training to their workers.”

Cal/OSHA issued four citations totaling $41,310 in proposed penalties for workplace safety and health violations, two of which were classified as serious accident-related. Hadley Date Gardens, Inc. failed to evaluate the worksite for hazardous bee and insect exposure, and failed to establish appropriate safety protocols, which include providing appropriate personal protective equipment and training that could have prevented this incident.

Cal/OSHA’s Tree Work Safety guidelines specifically cite bee stings as a potentially fatal hazard of which employers must be aware.


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Our thoughts go out to the tree worker whose life was lost to this unfortunate incident.

Be sure to train your employees on tree worker safety. These types of courses should cover general tree safety guidelines and environmental hazards. Environmental hazards should include heat/cold stress, poisonous plants and insect bites.

Click here to view our course outline.