Occupational Safety and Health Training

Training Course

MCET provides site-specific occupational safety and health training and assistance services to industry, employers, and local and state government agencies through training, hazard assessments, risk assessments, ergonomic assessments and other strategies.

Our goal is to assist you determine your site-specific needs, develop training programs geared towards the prevention of accidents in your work environment and minimize employee exposure to hazardous agents and conditions.

Some of our training programs are described below:


Annual Refresher- the Safe Operator 

Employers are required, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards to conduct annual safety training for their employees. The safety training content is determined by the nature of the organization’s duties, tasks, and functions required of their employees. Participants will discuss case studies facilitated by the instructor and review the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926 and 29 CFR 1910 in the following areas: Confined Space Entry, Respiratory Protection, Lockout-Tagout and Excavation Safety.


ATSSA Flagger Certification Training

Do you control traffic through a work zone in Maryland? Is it your responsibility to provide safe passage through and around work zones? This certified flagger course is a must for the work zone flagger and will certify you in safe flagging techniques. Topics will include the standard skill set of a good flagger, standard flagger control references, flagging signals and procedures, and standard flagger practices for various situations. ATSSA is a nationally recognized training program taught by a certified ATSSA trainer. Participants successfully completing the training will receive a laminated flagger certification card.


Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Participants will be guided through the detailed requirements of the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, for Bloodborne Pathogens.  Topics covered include a detailed discussion of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, prevention of and limiting BBP exposure, methods of compliance, engineering controls, exposure control plan, responses to exposure incidents, and employee training requirements.


Confined Space Entry

Employees who work in confined spaces may face increased risk of exposure to serious hazards.  Participants in this course will be introduced to the requirements for permit-required confined spaces for both the OSHA standard and the Maryland-specific requirement as outlined in OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910. Topics covered will include entry permit programs, criteria for permit-required confined spaces, health and safety procedures for workers in confined spaces, hazard identification and equipment requirements, and rescue procedures. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to determine if an area is a confined space; evaluate hazards associated with confined space entry, including lockout/tagout procedures; develop policies and procedures to address confined space hazards in the work place; and select suitable confined space entry equipment.


Controlling Electrical Hazards

Employees need to be able to work safely with electrical components in their daily work environment. This course is designed for employees and maintenance personnel who deal with electricity in the workplace. OSHA’s electrical safety practices will be covered in detail and topics such as identifying hazards and implementing safeguards for working with electricity. These safeguards include personal protection equipment, lockout/tagout, electrical systems, fuses and circuit breakers, grounding, overload and short circuits, double insulation, GFI, and polarized plugs. Participants will cover the standard procedures for working safely with electrical currents when handling common electrical problems.

CPR , AED, and First Aid Certification

These certifications can be taken as a one-day course covering all three topics or broken out into separate sessions.

  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Certification
    This hands-on program is designed to deliver essential information which will give staff the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Topics will include: defibrillation, cardiac chain of survival, general steps for use of an AED, precautions for the use of an AED, and special situations that can arise when using an AED.
  • CPR Certification
    This CPR course is designed to train facilities’ personnel to react properly in emergencies. The principles of basic life support for adults will be covered.  Course topics include:  assessing the scene of an emergency; establishing the condition of a victim; infection control; and the latest guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiac care.  Participants will work with a manikin to practice one-rescuer CPR and rescue breathing; and techniques for managing choking.
  • First Aid Certification
    This hands-on program is designed to deliver essential information which will give staff the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life.  Topics will include: early recognition, access, and management of foreign body airway obstruction.  Participants will learn the skills and techniques to help them to stay calm, make appropriate decisions, and take action to keep a victim alive and keep injuries from getting worse until emergency medical services arrive.


Electrical Safety

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA's electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions. Participants will be introduced in detail to the OSHA “Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices”.  Employees and their supervisors whose work may be at risk of coming into contact or being exposed to electrical parts operating at 50 volts or more to ground will discover not only the “what’s” of the electrical work practices but also the “whys.”  Industry best practices based upon the information presented in OSHA CFRs, NFPA 70, 70B, and 70E consensus industrial standards will also be covered.


Electrical Safety and Lockout/Tagout

According to OSHA, failure to control energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.  Employees who are exposed daily to electrical components are often required to have lockout/tagout programs in place.  Participants in this course will be introduced to the components of 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S, Electrical Safe Work Practices and the lockout/tagout procedures outlined in 29 CFR 1910.147, Control of Hazardous Energy.  Further focus will be on the safety hazards associated with working around electrical equipment and tools, with an overview of the main components of a lockout/tagout program. 


Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Safety and Health Program 

Employers, managers, and employees are responsible for providing a workplace free of recognized safety and health hazards.  During this session participants will be introduced to the elements of an effective safety and health program and will participate in a “self-evaluation” of their organizations’ current program.  Focus will be on identifying program strengths and opportunities for program improvement.  The session incorporates a case study problem-solving session guiding participants through the development of a safety and health program.


Excavation Equipment Safety

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations and heavy equipment, when used in an unsafe manner, can easily cause serious injuries and death.  Employers and employees on the job site, not just the competent person, should have a clear understanding of the hazards that exist when heavy equipment is  operated on an excavation site and what is required to minimize those hazards.  Participants will review the safety standards for excavation safety and the use of heavy equipment.


Excavation Safety

OSHA states excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations.  They define an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal.  Participants will be introduced to the requirements of the OSHA Excavation Standard, 29 CFR 1926 (Subpart P).  Subjects covered will be the causes of trench failure, soil classification, trench protection systems, hazardous atmospheres and conditions, inspection techniques, and competent person responsibilities.  This course will provide the basic training requirements for "competent persons".  Additional instruction will be given on: tests used to classify soil types in the field; the different methods of cave-in protection; selecting proper shoring methods using the provided OSHA tables; and the methodology used to minimize these and other hazards.


Fall Protection

Individuals working at heights require fall protection equipment. Participants will be introduced to fall protection principles and codes including fall protection systems and methodology.  Course topics include the requirements for safe work procedures in the construction industry, fall protection requirements, selection of protective equipment, rescue planning, pre-planning on-site fall protection, and use and limits of a fall arrest system.


Hazard Communication (Right-to-Know)

Over 30 million American workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is intended to ensure that these workers and their employers are informed of the identities of these hazardous chemicals, associated health and safety hazards, and appropriate protective measures.  This program is designed to educate employees on the importance and benefits of properly recognizing and safely working with hazardous materials.  In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information must be available about the identities and hazards of the chemicals.  Topics covered will include the MSDS list(s) and chemicals identified as a hazard.


Injury Prevention 

Designed to highlight the basic principles of injury prevention through the application of ergonomics participants are introduced to the importance of their role in injury prevention.  Through identifying the risk factors and job demands associated with the work performed in their work areas and undertaking interventions when risk factors are observed employees can prevent injury.  Topics to be covered include: employee health considerations, worksite evaluations, application of proper body mechanics, recommended lifting techniques, engineering or administrative redesign of work tasks, and the OSHA Ergonomics Guidelines. 


Injury Prevention Awareness Program for Supervisors

Front-line supervisors play an important role in injury prevention.  It is important for them to understand the risk factors and job demands associated with the work performed in their areas.  Front-line supervisors must learn to recognize and undertake interventions whenever risk factors are observed.  Interventions might include identifying ways to help employees avoid fatigue through the application of proper body mechanics, use of recommended lifting techniques and performing flexibility exercises.  Other interventions might involve engineering or administrative redesign of work tasks. These concepts are reinforced through workplace-specific examples, demonstrations and practice. 


Job Safety Analysis

Employers responsible for workplace safety, through a site-specific analysis process, can create a safe working environment for their employees.  Participants are guided through a job hazard analysis methodology, which prioritizes hazards, breaks hazardous jobs into individual steps, and uncovers the unique hazards in each step.


Management’s Role in Safety

Effective safety programs are essential for all working environments. Personnel responsible for these programs have to determine the key elements that will become an effective, comprehensive, and enforceable safety program for their workplace.  This course will analyze examples of different types of programs, identify elements of each example, and finally piece these elements together into a safety program that the participants can build on.


OSHA 10-Hour Construction

Orienting new personnel or serving as a refresher to construction safety and health standards, this course will provide an overview for participants on areas of construction safety and the OSHA guideline 29 CFR – 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction.  Topics discussed will include an introduction to OSHA, with an overview of the OSHA standards including the Focus Four: Fall Hazards; Caught-In or –Between Hazards; Struck-by Hazards; and Electrocution Hazards. Other topics may include:  Toxic and Hazardous Substances; Stairways and Ladders; Scaffolding, Competent Person Requirements; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Hand and Power Tools; Lockout/Tagout; Signs, Signals and Barricades; Confined Space Entry; and Lift Truck Safety.


Personal Protective Equipment

Employers must assess the workplace to identify site-specific hazards that require personal protective equipment (PPE).  Topics covered will  make the participants aware of the different types of PPE available, when to use them, and provide examples of PPE for them to view and handle.  Participants will be introduced to OSHA's PPE standard, 29 CFR 1910.132, reviewing the hazards present in the workplace, identifying the various choices of PPE available, identifying the equipment available and how to choose the appropriate PPE for a task.


Personal Protective Equipment and Respiratory Protection Training

Employees who are involved with hazardous materials, use personal protective equipment (PPE), and need respiratory protection will benefit from this course.  Standard guidelines for daily operations and emergencies will be discussed.  Topics covered will include proper operation and handling of chemicals, emergency response procedures, stand-by chemical use, and first aid for chemical contact.  Correct selection, use, care, and storage of PPE following OSHA standards also will be covered.  The respiratory protection training is for personnel working at sites with potentially hazardous contaminated air and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to use personal protective equipment with minimal risk to their health and safety as required under OSHA Rule 1910.134.  Course content will include hazardous atmospheres, respirator types, proper fit testing, and respirator care.


Powered Industrial Trucks

Each year, tens of thousands of forklift injuries occur in U.S. workplaces, often with fatalities.  During this program, participants will be introduced to the OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks; an in-depth discussion of operator training requirements; safe operation of forklifts and safe work practices; forklift training program implementation; and, requirements related to fire protection, design, maintenance, truck operations, traveling and loading, maintenance, and fueling.


Preventing Workplace Violence

Violence in the workplace is a serious public health problem.  This course is intended to show both employees and managers how to deal effectively with potentially volatile situations.  This session will focus on the employee’s role in helping to prevent violence in the workplace and ways to diffuse violent situations.  Participants will be introduced to the stages of violent behavior; preventive measures; warning signs of workplace violence; security-conscious thinking; and measures required to take action.


Respiratory Protection

OSHA states an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators are used to protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays.  This session will provide a detailed review of the compliance requirements needed to develop and implement a respiratory protection program, including a discussion of the OSHA Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134.  Other topics covered include engineering and work practice controls, the use and limitations of certain types of respirators, methods of compliance and ways to avoid common pitfalls.


Slips, Trips and Falls

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of workplace accidents.  In 2002, 37% of workplace injuries were a direct result of slips, trips and falls.  In this course you will review the OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D standard which covers walking-working surfaces for general industry.  An in-depth discussion will follow on ways to prevent accidents from slips, trips or falls


Workplace Hazard Assessment

Have you completed your workplace hazard assessment?
Employers must determine what hazards exist or may exist in their workplace.  A workplace hazard assessment is used to identify unsafe conditions within the workplace and rectify them.  This course is designed to introduce the participants to the methods used to uncover hazardous work conditions and unsafe practices, and replace them with safer processes and procedures.  Employee involvement in the process is emphasized.  Topics include job hazard analysis, workplace hazard assessment, hazard identification and unsafe practices, and corrective action.

For more information please call MCET at 301-934-7500 or e-mail us at info@mcet.org