Written Programs That OSHA Requires (General)

The following is a quick list of the written programs that we ask for and review during a Safety Audit. The reason(s) that written programs are needed is because they help to ensure compliance with certain OSHA standards and they help to ensure that employee training programs are also consistent and compliant. The most frequently cited (MFC) items on this list are Hazard Communication, Lockout/Tagout, Emergency Action Plans and Fall Protection. The reasons they were cited include, but are not limited to: no written policy in place; policy had not been reviewed and updated and; policy was not enforced. Please note that some of these items are industry specific and that others will only apply if certain workplace hazards and conditions exist. Also, because of constantly changing regulations, the list is subject to change and might not include all OSHA mandated plans, policies, permissions, etc.

Please review this list and let us know if you’d like Houston Forklift Safety to assist with a safety audit or with a written policies and procedures manual. We can be reached by phone or by email. Our phone number is 713.782.0733 and our email address is training@houstonforkliftsafety.com.

  • Hazard Communication/Global Harmonized System (GHS) – OSHA 1910.1200
    OSHA requires employers that have at least one employee and at least one hazardous chemical on-site to have a written hazard communication plan. This was the most frequently cited item on this list.
  • Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor and GFCI – OSHA 1910.309
    OSHA requires a written Electrical Safety program if flexible cord sets (extension cords), electrical connectors and plugs which are not part of the building’s permanent wiring are being used. The purpose of this policy is to specify procedures and guidelines that help to eliminate all injuries resulting from possible malfunctions, improper grounding and/or defective electrical tools in the workplace.

  • Lockout/Tagout (Energy Control) Procedures – 1910.147
    OSHA requires your company to comply with the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Standard if servicing and/or maintenance of equipment and/or machinery takes place at your company during normal production hours.
  • Respiratory Protection – 1910.134
    OSHA requires you to have a written respiratory protection program consisting of written standard operating procedures if your workplace has any of the following hazards and they cannot be controlled by engineering means alone: lack of oxygen; presence of harmful dust; fogs; fumes; gases; vapors; smoke; sprays; mists and if your company has one or more employees who work with a respirator at any time. Please note that personnel dust monitoring is also recommended.

  • Process Safety Management (PSM) – 1910.119
    Any facility that stores or uses a defined “highly hazardous chemical” must comply with OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) regulations as well as the quite similar United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Risk management program (RMP) regulations (Title 40 CFR Part 68).

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – 1910.132
    Your company must comply with OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) general requirements if you require the use of eye protection, face protection, head protection, foot protection and/or hand protection.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control – 1910.130
    Employers who have employees that might be exposed to blood or other infectious materials while performing normal job related tasks must establish a written exposure control plan.
  • Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plans – 1910.38, 1910.39 and 1910.120
    Any facility that might require fire response or evacuation due to a chemical release, fire, weather condition or other hazard must have an emergency action and fire prevention plan. Employers with fewer than 10-employees are allowed to deliver these plans verbally. Employers with 10 or more employees must provide a written copy of these plans to each employee. 

  • Confined Space Entry – 1910.146
    OSHA requires all employers to evaluate their workplaces for potential “permit-required” confined spaces. If the evaluations reveals that one or more “permit required” confined spaces exists, then you are required to have a written confined space entry program.
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) – 1910.120
    Employers shall develop and implement a written safety and health program for their employees involved in hazardous waste operations. They must also develop an emergency response plan to handle possible on-site emergencies and coordinate off-site response.
  • Laboratory standard (chemical hygiene plan) – 1910.1450
    OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (referred to as the Laboratory standard) specifies the mandatory requirements of a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) to protect laboratory workers from harm due to exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

  • Commercial diving operations (safety practices manual) 1910.420
    The employer shall develop and maintain a safe practices manual which shall be made available at the dive location to each dive team member.
  • Powered platforms for building maintenance (emergency action plan) – OSHA 1910.66
    This standard applies to boom lifts, man lifts, powered work platforms and vehicle mounted work platforms that are used during the interior or exterior building maintenance of a specific structure or group of structures. Building maintenance includes, but is not limited to, such tasks as window cleaning, caulking, metal polishing, replacing lights, painting and glazing. It requires employers to develop written work procedures for the operation, safe use, and inspection of powered platforms, and to provide these procedures to their employees for training purposes. The written program must include “Emergency-Action” plans which allow employers and employees to anticipate and to effectively respond to emergencies that may arise during powered-platform operations

  • Hearing Conservation Plan – 1910.95
    OSHA requires you to develop and implement a “noise monitoring program” (noise monitoring is part of the hearing conservation plan) anytime you have one or more employees who “MIGHT” be exposed to a noise level that exceeds the noise action level. Please note that there are no requirements for a written element but that we (Houston Forklift Safety) believe that having a written plan will help to fulfill the requirements of this OSHA regulation.
  • Company Safety and Health Management (aka Injury and Illness or Accident Prevention) Plan
    Thirty-four states, including The State of Texas, require or encourage employers to implement a Company Safety and Health Management Plan. These plans go by many names (injury and illness, accident prevention, etc.), but they all have a common goal. OSHA believes that a written injury and illness prevention program can help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. Statistics have proven that these programs can effectively reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. These same statistics reveal that a written plan can lead to higher productivity and quality, reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater employee satisfaction.

  • Fall Protection Program – 1910.140
    A fall protection plan is a safety plan for workers who work at elevated heights. Having a detailed fall protection plan is essential to ensure the highest degree of worker safety and the goal of the plan is to provide a safe working environment and to administer the use of fall protection measures, techniques, and equipment.

  • Hot Work Permit Systems – OSHA 1910.252
    Written procedures establishing a permit system are required when the job requires or causes open flames, arcs and/or sparks that could cause a fire or an explosion.
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Forklift Certification and Training

Hello and thank you for visiting this page. We realize you have options and appreciate this opportunity. Before you proceed, we belive that anyone looking for a forklift driver job in Houston needs to read these “Scam Alert” Blog posts. They contain info about companies that post fake employment ads, sell personal information and rush people in and out…..like cattle. The posts are based on information that The Texas Workforce Commission, simplyhired.com, the Better Business Bureau and The Houston Food bank have issued and shared. Click this Scam Alert link to learn more.

 

This training is the same forklift certification and training course that we offer to business clients and it is designed for both experienced, and for first-time forklift drivers. The Trainer has over 30-years of experience and he will work one-on-one with each student until they are comfortable driving a forklift. Each student will use the forklift to move pallets as they place them on, and take them off of a shelf. We train 900-1200 people each year and for many, this was their first time on a forklift. It doesn’t matter if you have never driven an forklift, or if you are just learning to drive a forklift. Houston Forklift Safety can help!

The reason that we (Houston Forklift Safety) offers training to individuals is because you deserve access to the same great training that companies like ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and other large companies have access to. That’s exactly what we offer. This training that you get is the same training that every Houston Forklift Safety customer receives. It is based on the Forklift Certification Classes that we’ve taught at The University of Houston Downtown, UT Health and Houston Community College. The classroom part of this training can be completed in-person or online.

 

The in-person option is Instructor led training in a classroom setting. We offer this class on the third Friday of each month and it starts at 9:00 am. The online option is  self-paced, interactive and internet based training that can be viewed from any device. It is a good option for people who can’t make it to a scheduled class and it is also a time-efficient solution for people who need to get certified quickly. Both options are OSHA compliant; both options include free hands-on training; both options take 3-4 hours to complete and; the costs for both options is $100.00.

 

The advantage of the in-person  class is that everything is done on the same day and you’ll leave with a forklift certification and a wallet card. The advantage of the online training is that it is broken into several 8-12 minute segments. This allows you to study how you want, when you want and where you want. It can also be stopped, started and reviewed multiple times. You can take the course in one sitting (usually takes 60-90 minutes) or you can take it one segment at a time. The choice is yours.  We’ll schedule a time for the hands on part of the training after you complete the training. You can call our office (7130 782-0733 or you can email us (training@houstonforkliftsafety.com) if you need to schedule a class or if you need more information.


Training Options


Scam Alert Resources

  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with free tips and information on how to avoid being scammed online and what to do if you feel you have been scammed.   For further information, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s job scams advice webpage .
  • If you have been scammed online, you may report the crime through the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s website ( www.ic3.gov ) or the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s website ( http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ ).
  • Ken Paxton, The Attorney General for The State of Texas, has their  “TOP 10 FRAUDS & SCAMS” Page. It says, “Jobs or business opportunities that require you to pay up front for training, equipment, or “kits”; are highly suspect, especially if you found the offer on the Internet and have no independent information about the company involved. Legitimate employers hardly ever require new hires to pay to start the job. A tip-off: if the job is easy to get, pays extremely well, and requires very little work (in the comfort of your home, no less), be suspicious. It’s too good to be true”.  There are also a lot of really helpful info about ways to recognize if someone is trying to tip you off.
  • Better Business Bureau – Verify a company’s BBB; report a scam or; file a complaint with the BBB
  • Here are two photos of “job listings” that we copied from a recent edition of The Green Sheet. Both of these ads are really good examples of what a fake employment ad for a forklift driver job looks like. Please note that I tried to apply for both of these “jobs” and were told that we needed to have a forklift certification. One place (the one on Honeywell) told me that the my certification was not good (even though I am an OSHA authorized trainer) and the other one told me that I would have to “transfer” my certification to their company. It got worse when I asked when I could start and if I’d get a refund if I didn’t get hired.

Employment Scam Alert – January 2018

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST
THIS IS AN EMPLOYMENT SCAM ALERT!!!! 
(sorry that it is so long but I have copied and pasted what was sent to me)

I received a call from one of the people that we (Houston Forklift Safety) trained last week. He was upset because he had applied for a job and they had refused to accept his forklift certification. He forwarded the following email: (Please note that we did try to contact “Mona R” prior to posting this but did not receive a response. Also note that we have “redacted’ some of this information because we wanted to protect the identity of the person who sent it to us).

On (date & time redacted) , “Mona R” <monar.empire@gmail.com> wrote:

We have received your resume and we are very interested in speaking with you about the available positions. We have DIRECT HIRE POSITIONS available. We need to fill positions in 15 Distribution Centers in the Houston area. These are mostly full time positions with a few part time openings available. We have all 3 shifts available. In order for us to further assist you with the current job openings that are available, you must have a OSHA Compliant License and Certification for the forklift. We need to make sure that you meet all TEXAS-OSHA standards and that you are eligible for the warehouse forklift positions.

Entry level forklift operators (little to no experience) make between $13-$15/hr to start and increases for experienced operators up to $18-$19 hr DOE/location/job requirements.

If you have any more questions please respond to this email.

We are working with a local Forklift Certification Company to assist you with this requirement. They do charge a small fee of $80 for a Full 3 year OSHA Certification and License or $60 for if you have a valid prior certification. This is to verify that you are in compliance and meet all OSHA Requirements.

They are located at 3890 North FWY Ste. A Houston TX 77022 – across from the Texas Health and Human Services Office. Located by the I-610 and I-45 FWY by Crosstimbers. Hours are: M – F from 9am-3pm and Sat 9am-12pm. Please be there at least 2 hours before closing time, so they can properly certify you. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, just go directly to the location.

If you have questions about the OSHA Certification please call (713) 695-4820

Upon completion please submit a copy/photo of your certification/license to hroshacompliance@gmail.com and let them know that you had already submitted your resume so we can match them. Please include contact information.

Sincerely:

HR DEPT

The student submitted copies of the certificates and wallet card that we had given him and, per instructions, let them know that he had already submitted a resume. Here was their response:

From: “Mona R” <monar.empire@gmail.com>
Date: REDACTED
Subject: Re:
To: REDACTED
Cc:

SORRY, BUT WE CAN NOT USE THIS CERTIFICATION

You must have a 3 year OSHA Compliant License and Certification for the forklift. We need to make sure that you meet all OSHA standards and that you are eligible for the warehouse forklift positions.

LICENSE MUST BE SIGNED BY THE INSTRUCTOR

If You need to get your 3 YEAR OSHA Certification and / or Training please go to the address provided

The OSHA standard requires that the employer certify that each operator has received the training and has been evaluated. The written certification record (LICENSE) must include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.

The attached photo is a sample of the actual wallet card that we issue to all of our customers. The only modification is that I replaced his name with mine... Please note that trainer's signature, dates, name of operator, etc.) and all other info that "Mona R" referenced was clearly visible. (she obviously didn't bother to even look at his credentials).

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Interactive Online Training

Houston Forklift Safety offers is pleased to announce that we offer live, in-person training options as well as online interactive training options and a course that is based on a combination of online and in-person training. The in-person training can be done at our location or at yours. Please note that minimums may apply. The online training can be taken anyplace, at anytime, by anyone.

You Are Registered

You Are Registered For A Forklift Certification Class

The information on this page is intended for people who have registered for training at the Houston Forklift Safety Training Facility.

WHAT TO BRING

  • a notepad and a pen
  • water and coffee are provided (free of charge) but you should bring a drink if you do not want one of these
  • a valid ID (driver’s license, passport, student id, etc.)
  • some form of payment (if required). We accept cash, money orders, company checks and most major credit cards
DRESS CODE

  • Dress code is “Casual”. (Please note that “casual” does not mean you should dress like you were lounging around the house or headed to the beach). Shorts and jeans are allowed but “cutoffs” are not. The photos above are good example of what “casual” looks like in a warehouse setting.  
  • You don’t need work boots or steel toed shoes but CLOSE TOED SHOES WITH NON-SKID SOLES ARE REQUIRED!!! OSHA does not allow us to put people on the forklift if we can see their toes or if we can see the toes of their socks. We are also not allowed to let people on the forklift if they are wearing boots or shoes with slick leather soles.   
  • PPE (gloves, safety shoes, hard hats, etc.) are optional for this training. You can bring them if you want but, they are not a requirement for this class.

WHAT TO EXPECT 

  • The training starts promptly at 9:00 am. Please don’t be late because OSHA is very specific about the training requirements and, if you miss too much of the class, we cannot pass you
  • Expect to be here for 3-4 hours. The class is usually over in 3 hours (±30-minutes) but, because of variances in class size and operator experience, there are times when the class runs a little long. We cannot control how many people show up and some students are more experienced than others.
  • Cell phones should be turned off or on silent. OSHA requires the Trainer to evaluate the “transfer of knowledge” that is taking place. It is difficult, if not impossible to do, when a student spends a significant amount of time staring at their phone. We will not take them up and we will not embarrass you but, please be advised, that you might not pass if what is happening on your phone is more important than what is happening in this class.
  • A written test MAY be given. Most tests we give are a combination of verbal testing and student Q&A but, on certain occasions, the Trainer is required to give a written test. These “random tests” are documents we might need during an OSHA audit.
  • You will be using a forklift to lift, stack and move pallets. The Trainer will work with you as you complete a series of maneuvers while driving the forklift. this is the “hands-on” part of your training. 

WHEN TRAINING IS OVER

  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Wallet Card when you successfully complete the hands-on portion of this training.
  • Please note that additional training may be required before the certificate and wallet cards are issued.
DIRECTIONS

You Are Registered

The information on this page is intended for people who have already registered for one of our Forklift Certification Classes. The purpose of this email is to explain what to expect and what will happen after you complete this course. Before we begin, if you have not done so, you should confirm your booking (click here). Once this is done, you should “like” our pages on Google+ and on Facebook. This is where we post info about job leads, job fairs and hiring events.
Here are the links –
Facebook        Google+ 

WHAT TO BRING

  • a notepad and a pen
  • water and coffee are provided (free of charge) but you should bring a drink if you do not want one of these
  • a valid ID (driver’s license, passport, student id, etc.)
  • if you paid online then you can sign in when you arrive. If you have not paid then you will need to register and pay when you get here. we accept cash, money orders, company checks and most major credit cards

Dress Code

Hundreds of Business Owners and Hiring Managers have come to these classes and people sometimes have their wives, children and mothers with them when they get dropped off. Because of this, we have adapted the following dress code:

  • Dress code is "Casual". (Please note that "casual" does not mean you should dress like you were lounging around the house or headed to the beach). Shorts and jeans are allowed but "cutoffs" are not. These photos are good example of what "casual" looks like in a warehouse setting.  
  • You don’t need work boots or steel toed shoes but CLOSE TOED SHOES WITH NON-SKID SOLES ARE REQUIRED!!! OSHA does not allow us to put people on the forklift if we can see their toes or if we can see the toes of their socks. We are also not allowed to let people on the forklift if they are wearing boots or shoes with slick leather soles.   
  • PPE (gloves, safety shoes, hard hats, etc.) are optional for this training. You can bring them if you want but, they are not a requirement for this class.

WHAT TO EXPECT 

  • The training starts promptly at 9:00 am. Please don’t be late because OSHA is very specific about the training requirements and, if you miss too much of the class, we cannot pass you
  • Expect to be here for 3-4 hours. The class is usually over in 3 hours (±30-minutes) but, because of variances in class sizes and experience, there are times when the class runs a little long. We cannot control how many people show up and some students are more experienced than others.
  • Cell phones should be turned off or on silent. OSHA requires the Trainer to evaluate the “transfer of knowledge” that is taking place. It is difficult, if not impossible to do, when a student spends a significant amount of time staring at their phone. We will ot take them up and we will not embarrass you but, we also WILL NOT PASS YOU if what is happening on your phone is more important than what is happening in this class.
  • A written test MAY be given. Most tests we give are a combination of verbal testing and student Q&A but, on certain occasions, the Trainer is required to give a written test. These tests are required documents during an OSHA audit.
  • You will be using a forklift to lift, stack and move pallets. The Trainer will work with you as you complete a series of maneuvers while driving the forklift. this is the “hands-on” part of your training. 

WHEN TRAINING IS OVER

  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Wallet Card when you successfully complete the hands-on portion of this training. Please note that additional training may be required before the certificate and wallet cards are issued.
  • Click this link when you complete your training. It contains information and instructions that you’ll need to access our secret job leads page. it also contains the link to our private newsletter. This is the best place to receive the job search tips and additional information that will only be shared with people who we have trained.
DIRECTIONS

Training Follow Up

*note – The information on this page is intended for people who were trained and certified by Houston Forklift Safety.
Please wait until you have completed your training before proceeding.

We would like to once again say, “Thanks for choosing Houston Forklift Safety”. Would you please take a moment and leave a couple of reviews? Reviews can be posted:
On Our Website                   On Google                    On Facebook           On Yelp             Yellow Pages

Once you’ve left a couple of reviews, you should click this link – click here – to sign up for our newsletter. It contains links to a secret job leads page and it also contains job search tips, articles and other useful info (job fairs, hiring events, etc.). (Please note that we will confirm your training and we will also confirm that you have left at one review).

The next thing to do, is to post a photo of your forklift certification on social media. Be sure to “check in” or “tag” Houston Forklift Safety when you do because several staffing agents and business owners are following our pages. Your chances of finding a job get better each time someone sees your posts.

Thanks again and I look forward to working with you again. We appreciate your business and we appreciate your continued support.

 

Houston Forklift Safety

Spring, TX

OSHA 1910 & 1926 MFC (Most Frequently Cited) “Serious” violations – 2017

2017 MFC (Most Frequently Cited “Serious” violations – Construction

  • OSHA issued 4273 citations for serious violations of 1926.501(b)(13) – Fall Protection – Residential Construction
  • OSHA issued 1458 citations for serious violations of 1926.1053(b)(1) – Ladders – Not Extended 3 Feet Above Landing
  • OSHA issued 1389 citations for serious violations of 1926.102(a)(1) – Eye & Face Protection – Use of Appropriate Protection
  • OSHA issued 1243 citations for serious violations of 1926.503(a)(1) – Fall Protection – Training for Those Exposed to Fall Hazards
  • OSHA issued 1061 citations for serious violations of 1926.501(b)(1) – Fall Protection – Unprotected Sides & Edges
  • OSHA issued 923 citations for serious violations of 1926.100(a) – Head Protection – Use of Protection
  • OSHA issued 682 citations for serious violations of 1926.453(b)(2)(v) – Aerial Lifts – Fall Protection
  • OSHA issued 608 citations for serious violations of 1926.451(g)(1) – Scaffolds – Fall Protection
  • OSHA issued 593 citations for serious violations of 1926.501(b)(10) – Fall Protection – Roofing Work on Low-Sloped Roofs and
  • OSHA issued 507 citations for serious violations of 1926.20(b)(2) – General Safety & Health Provision – Inspections by a Competent Person

2017 MFC (Most Frequently Cited “Serious” Violations – General Industry

  • OSHA issued 1527 citations for serious violations of 1910.1200(e)(1) – Hazard Communication – Written program
  • OSHA issued 1343 citations for serious violations of 1910.212(a)(1) – Machine Guarding – Types of Guarding Methods
  • OSHA issued 1238 citations for serious violations of 1910.1200(h)(1) – Hazard Communication – Information and Training
  • OSHA issued 625 citations for serious violations of 1910.147(c)(4)(i) – Hazardous Energy Control – Procedures Shall be Developed
  • OSHA issued 608 citations for serious violations of 1910.134(e)(1) – Respirators – Medical Evaluations
  • OSHA issued 502 citations for serious violations of 1910.212(a)(3)(ii) – Machine Guarding – Point of Operations
  • OSHA issued 498 citations for serious violations of 1910.134(c)(1) – respirators – Employer Establishing a Written Respirator Program
  • OSHA issued 465 citations for serious violations of 1910.1200(g)(8) – Hazardous Communication – Maintain Copies of SDS’s
  • OSHA issued 455 citations for serious violations of 1910.178(l)(1)(i) – Powered Industrial Trucks – Competency Training and
  • OSHA issued 409 citations for serious violations of 1910.303(b)(2) – Electrical – Proper Installation & Use of Equipment
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