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Occupational safety programs

The following is a listing of occupational safety training programs currently available from the Linfield College EHS Department. These programs have been designed to meet the specific needs of Linfield College and to meet the current regulatory requirements of all State and Federal OSHA Standards.

Training Programs Available
Asbestos Awareness
Back Care
Bloodborne Pathogens
Cold Weather/Winter Driving

Compressed Gases/Welding Safety
Confined Space Entry
Control of Hazardous Energy
Defensive Driving
Fall Protection
Fire Prevention/Flammable Materials
First Aid/CPR
Flagging and Traffic Control
Forklift Operation Safety
Hand/Power Tool Safety
Hand Safety
Hazard Communications
Hearing Conservation
Home Safety
Respiratory Protection
Office Safety
Slips, Trips and Falls
Supervisory Safety Training
Welding Safety

To avail yourself or employees to any of the listed programs contact Erik Stenehjem, at 883-2431 (Linfield extension 2431). Programs are available for up to 20 employees or students at any one session.

Appropriate certification of training designed to meet OSHA requirements is made available for individuals and for personnel records.

Asbestos Awareness

Compliance training for any areas where employees must be in proximity of non-abated asbestos. Meets OSHA requirements found in 29 CFR 1910.1001. Teaching employees:

  • Characteristics of asbestos.
  • Affects of asbestos exposure.
  • Asbestos hazards and the OSHA standard.
  • Composition, characteristics, and typical locations where asbestos is found.
  • Limiting exposure

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Back Care

Back injuries are the second leading cause of lost work time. This training instructs employees about the back, its care, and how to work without back injury. Training includes:

  • Back structure and functions
  • How the back works
  • How to prevent back injury
  • Excess weight, hurrying, inattention,
  • Posture: standing, sitting, driving, sleeping
  • Proper lifting techniques

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Bloodborne Pathogens

All employees, even those that are not considered high-risk, must become aware of the hazards of bloodborne pathogens. In a workplace accident, this knowledge could prevent disease or even save lives:

  • Definition of bloodborne pathogen, HBV, HCV, HIV
  • Transmission routes
  • Preparation for emergencies, first aid
  • Housekeeping and waste disposal
  • The Exposure Control Plan
  • Exposure situations/precautionary measures
  • PPE selection and use

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Cold Weather /Winter Driving

Driving safely in winter conditions requires planning, awareness of safety hazards and specific safe driving methods.

  • Preparation of the car for winter
  • Handling typical winter hazards
  • Stopping distances in winter weather
  • Concerns on the road: traction, braking, speed, steering, acceleration, traveling hills and curves
  • Driving on snow, ice, and other special conditions

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Compressed Gasses/Welding Safety

Proper handling and storage of gas cylinders ensures safety and efficiency. Training includes:

  • Safe lifting and moving of cylinders
  • Loading for transport
  • External numbers, markings and safety devices
  • Fittings and connections
  • General protection of cylinders

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Confined Space Entry

Protect the safety of employees entering and working in confined spaces with these established procedures and practices. Provides concise 1910.146 training. Covers:

  • Identification of a confined space and its conditions
  • Permit vs. non-permit spaces
  • Employer responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of entrants, attendants, supervisors, on-site rescue personnel
  • Specific confined space hazards and safety equipment
  • Confined space instruments, equipment and testing
  • Complete procedures and safety tips

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Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

Meets 29 CFR 1910.147 requirement. Demonstrate correct lock-out/tag-out procedures from shutdown to startup. Includes:

  • Explanation of lock-out/tag-out and contents of the OSHA standard
  • OSHA's Energy Control Plan
  • Five types of energy and their characteristics
  • Lock-out/tag-out situations and devices
  • Proper lock-out/tag-out procedures
  • Specific procedures for electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems

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Employees can avoid unnecessary strain with the this ergonomic education. Workstation discomfort and injury caused by at-risk postures can be successfully reduced. This training shows that a few minutes spent paying attention to ergonomics will be rewarded with increased energy and fewer aches and pains. Included in the training are:

  • How ergonomic problems occur.
  • Workspace customizing: tools, material and equipment selection, including power tools.
  • Positive work techniques: stretching, neutral positions, mini-breaks.
  • Positive techniques: sitting and standing.
  • Proper lifting and avoiding repetition.
  • Material organization and correct body positions for computer and phone use.
  • Using an ergonomics checklist.

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Eye Protection

A motivational training program encouraging employees to consistently wear the appropriate eye protection. Different job situations require different types of eye protection and this training will present an effective way to help employees understand and comply with requirements.

  • Workplace eye hazards.
  • Types of eye protection; benefits and proper use, including safety goggles, glasses, face shields.
  • Selection of safety eyewear.
  • Eye injury procedures.

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Fall Protection

85% of all workplace lost time injuries are a result of falls. This training is designed to eliminate costly fall injuries. The training complies with the OR-OSHA Fall Protection training requirements 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M. Training includes:

  • The nature of fall hazards on the jobsite.
  • Legal requirements.
  • Fall protection types: guardrails, safety nets, fall arrest and monitoring systems.
  • Body harnesses and associated equipment.
  • Inspection and use of equipment.
  • Ladders, aerial lifts, and manbaskets.

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Fire Prevention/Flammable Materials

Educates employees on how to prevent fires and how to handle small fires, making sure they know how to use and extinguisher. Training includes:

  • Annual fire extinguisher training is given to all Physical Plant employees.

- Classroom

- Hands-on fire pan extinguishment

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First Aid

Coordinated with the local Red Cross and the College Athletic Department to train all Physical Plant employees.

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Flagging and Traffic Control

Program to train all affected employees who must, as a part of their job tasks, direct vehicular traffic.

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Forklift Safety

This training complies with the OSHA requirements that training for Forklift Operators shall be conducted by an experienced operator, selected by Management. All operational training shall be conducted under close supervision. All training and evaluation must be completed before an operator is permitted to use a Powered Industrial Truck (forklift, etc) without continual & close supervision. Training consists of:

Training Content

Training consists of a combination of formal instruction, practical training (demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee), and evaluation of the operator's performance in the workplace.

Initial Training: Powered industrial truck operators shall receive initial training in the following topics:

1. Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate

2. Differences between the truck and the automobile

3. Forklift controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work

4. Engine or motor operation

5. Steering and maneuvering

6. Visibility (including restrictions due to loading)

7. Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations

8. Vehicle capacity

9. Vehicle stability

10. Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform

11. Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries

12. Operating limitations

13. Any other operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator's manual for the types of vehicle that the employee is being trained to operate.

Workplace-related topics:

1. Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated

2. Composition of loads to be carried and load stability

3. Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking

4. Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated

5. Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle will be operated

6. Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be operated

7. Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle's stability

8. Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust

9. Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation

Refresher training and evaluation. Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.


All operator training and evaluation is conducted by individuals who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train and evaluate potential operators.

Training includes a combination of formal classroom and field instruction, demonstrations and practical exercises performed by the trainee, and an evaluation of the operators performance. Practical exercises are performed under the direct supervision of trainers and where the practical training does not endanger the trainee or other employees.

Because powered industrial trucks (forklifts) are manufactured by different companies with various models available, the training is specific to the operating characteristics of the specific powered industrial truck the employee will be using.

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Hand / Power Tool Safety

A good safety attitude is the key to injury - free use of hand and power tools. This training encourages employees to practice proper techniques, and trains in:

  • Raising awareness of hand/power tool safety issues.
  • Storage, protective equipment.
  • Tool groups.
  • Matching the tool to the job.
  • Tool inspection & maintenance
  • Preventing shock by proper inspection of electrical plugs, outlets and parts.

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Hand Safety

Hands are especially prone to injuries and are among the most injured part of the body. This training will show how hand and arm injuries can be prevented by careful work and use of protective equipment. Training includes:

  • Major causes of hand and arm injuries.
  • Rules for minimizing injury risk.
  • Types of hand & arm protection, and rules for use.
  • Ergonomic considerations.
  • Staying alert & using the right tools.
  • The role of machine guards.

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Hazard Communications

Designed to meet OSHA requirements, this training is a complete, understandable guide to hazard communication in the workplace. If employees hand hazardous materials in ANY capacity, OSHA requires them to be informed. Training reviews:

  • The Right-to-Know law.
  • Importance of reading labels.
  • Routes of chemical entry into the body.
  • MSDS, labeling, storage & handling of hazardous chemicals; necessary protection.
  • Key elements of a written HazCom plan.
  • Determination of which chemicals are hazardous.

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Hearing Conservation

Complies with OSHA Hearing Protection standard 1910.95 to promote hearing health. Encourages personal responsibility to make hearing protection program work. Explains how the ear works and how it can be damaged. There is discussion of sound hazards, including loudness, frequency and exposure. Demonstrations of the use and care of PPE, including plugs, caps and ear muffs. Noise effects, purpose of protection and minimizing risk of hearing loss are covered, plus:

  • Hazards.
  • Sound damage.
  • Hazard warnings.
  • Hearing protection.

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Home Safety

Employees who experience a home break-in may miss work or suffer emotionally. Help employees keep their homes safe and discourage intruders. Covers:

  • Preventing burglars from knowing you are away.
  • Outdoor security; bushes, lighting, sensors.
  • Windows and sliding glass doors: best types, adding extra security.
  • Break-ins when you are home.
  • Additional security devices.

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Complies with OSHA 1910.1060 requirement - trains employees and encourages them to pick the right ladder for the job. Motivates them to use ladders safely. Thorough training, covering:

  • Choosing the correct ladder, checking for damage.
  • Securing, positioning, leveling a ladder, 4-to-1 rule. footwear, body position and climbing height.
  • Avoiding power lines and doors, accident response.
  • Types of ladders - metal, wood, step, fixed, straight, platform, etc. and the rules for safe use of different types of ladders.

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Per Federal OSHA CFR 1926.451, Subpart L, "Scaffolding", this training is designed to review the hazards associated with working on Frame Type, Sectional, Tube and Clamp and Rolling Tower scaffolds and the precautions that must be taken to prevent accidents and the safety requirements for the construction, operation, maintenance, and use of scaffolds used in the construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of buildings and structures. Training qualifies employees for "Competent Person" status and is a certifiable training. Includes:

  • Scaffolding basics.
  • Scaffolding safety guidelines and definitions.
  • Fed OSHA CFR 29 1926.451 -Scaffolding
  • Inspection and erection of scaffolding
  • Safe use of scaffolding.
  • Safety hazards
  • Dismantling of scaffolding.

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Office Safety

This training demonstrates the hazards that can be readily corrected or avoided by informed employees. Includes safe lifting techniques, fire prevention, repetitive strain injury. Addresses the hazards found in the office environment due to computer terminals and reduced need for physical movement. Gives overviews and training in:

  • Developing safety awareness.
  • Safe housekeeping; fire prevention.
  • Proper lifting.
  • Fall prevention; clear pathways, clean up spills, proper shoes, floors and stairs, blind intersections.
  • Filing cabinet safety, proper placement of office equipment and safe handling of sharp objects.
    Electrical hazards.

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Respiratory Protection

Training complies with the requirements in the new OSHA rule 1910.134 and NIOSH changes. Includes new phrases, cleaning/disinfecting, fit testing and new respirators. Alerts workers to the many respiratory hazards that can exist in the workplace and encourages their use of the correct protective equipment. Covers:

  • Importance of engineering controls, written program, written procedures and program administrator.
  • Why respirators are necessary.
  • New N-class respirators.
  • Fit, use and storage, How to inspect, put on, remove, and how to check seals,
  • Medical signs and symptoms.
  • Training and fit tests given to all affected employees.

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Training increases the awareness of common hazards in the workplace and the physical forces behind slips, trips and falls. Teaches:

  • Physics of falling: friction/momentum/gravity.
  • The dangers of carelessness, speed, wet floors, weather and improper housekeeping.
  • Avoiding hazards; wet and oily surfaces, ice, poor visibility, stairways, ladder and storage hazards.

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Supervisory Safety Training

Supervisors are responsible for the health and safety of employees. this training explains the supervisor's responsibilities and accountability for actions taken. The supervisory training covers:

  • Communication, feedback and follow-through.
  • Motivation, encouragement and discipline
  • Productivity and efficiency
  • Safety and Security
  • Safety orientations; when and what to cover.
  • Enforcement; inspection, counseling.
  • Importance of complete documentation.

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Welding Safety

To ensure employees know about the many hazards associated with welding and to comply with OSHA 1910.253 and 254, this training covers:

  • Hazards; fumes and physical agents.
  • Illness and injuries; metal fume fever; eye, skin and hearing injuries; fire and explosion.
  • Oxygen and acetylene; properties, hazards, marking, moving and storage of cylinders.
  • Gas welding requirements; safety equipment, torches and gas hoses.
  • PPE and fire prevention.
  • Arc welding hazards, equipment and practices.
  • Training requirements.

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