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Issue Date: October 19, 2020

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Mold Hazards and Prevention Audio Presentation

This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth.

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Q&A: In general industry, more specifically in manufacturing plants, is there a regulatory requirement to have an audible emergency evacuation alarm and if so how often does it have to be physically activated for testing?

Recently, a subscriber asked about regulatory requirements for audible emergency evacuation alarms. Read on to find out what we had to say.

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Training

Employee Training Materials

Audio PresentationsMold Hazards and Prevention—This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to recognize the potential health hazards of exposure to mold and how it can affect them; identify mold and the places where mold is likely to occur in an indoor environment; implement measures to control moisture indoors and thereby help prevent mold growth; and conduct an effective cleanup of small amounts of mold contamination safely.

PowerpointsMold Hazards and Prevention (PPT)—This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to recognize the potential health hazards of exposure to mold and how it can affect them; identify mold and the places where mold is likely to occur in an indoor environment; implement measures to control moisture indoors and thereby help prevent mold growth; and conduct an effective cleanup of small amounts of mold contamination safely.

HandoutsMold Hazards and Prevention (PDF)—This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this handout to help train employees on this important topic.

QuizzesMold Hazards and Prevention—This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this quiz to help train employees on this important topic.

Speaker's NotesWebinar [2020-07]: OSHA 300 Recordkeeping: Top Compliance Mistakes and Pain Points—Learn how to correctly complete OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301 and distinguish between first aid and medical treatment and work-related and non-work-related injuries.

Speaker's NotesWebinar [2020-07]: Responding to Hazardous Spills at Your Facility: Do you have an Effective Plan?—Spills interrupt your day. This webinar will help you identify the areas at your facility where spills happen. You can use this information to create a plan that keeps these spills in check and prepares your workplace to respond effectively when things get out of hand. You will also be able to identify training needs for employees who respond to spills and have a framework for conducting drills to ensure that plans will work in emergencies.

Speaker's NotesMold Hazards and Prevention—This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Mold Hazards and Prevention PowerPoint presentation.

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Q: In general industry, more specifically in manufacturing plants, is there a regulatory requirement to have an audible emergency evacuation alarm and if so how often does it have to be physically activated for testing?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

State:

10/16/2020—Construction - General—South Dakota—Highway Construction Contracts

10/16/2020—Workers' Compensation—New York—Submission of Medical Bills and Reports

10/15/2020—Health - General—New York—Conduct and Safety of the Public in Use of Facilities

10/9/2020—Enforcement —Alabama—Enforcement of Violations

10/9/2020—Enforcement —Alabama—Designated Penalties

10/9/2020—Enforcement —Alabama—Underground Damage Prevention Fund

10/9/2020—Material Handling - General—Kentucky—Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal

10/9/2020—Specific Industries—Kentucky—Maritime Employment

10/8/2020—Construction - General—Kentucky—Occupational Health and Environmental Controls

10/8/2020—PPE - General—Kentucky—Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment

10/8/2020—Signs—Kentucky—Signs, Signals, and Barricades

10/8/2020—Construction - General—Kentucky—Underground construction

10/8/2020—Construction - General—Kentucky—Rollover Protective Structures; Overhead Protection

10/8/2020—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky—Toxic and Hazardous Substances

10/8/2020—Trenching (Construction)—Alabama—General Provisions

10/8/2020—Trenching (Construction)—Alabama—General Organization

10/8/2020—Trenching (Construction)—California—Contact Information, Continual Excavation Ticket

10/8/2020—Driving Safely—Idaho—Driver's License Violation Point System

10/8/2020—Safety - General—Kentucky—General

10/8/2020—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky—Toxic and Hazardous Substances

10/8/2020—Safety - General—Kentucky—Adoption of 29 C.F.R. Part 1926 Subpart A

10/7/2020—Temporary Workers—Washington—Protect Occupants In Temporary Worker Housing

10/7/2020—Temporary Workers—Washington—Protect Occupants In Temporary Worker Housing

10/6/2020—Ventilation—New Jersey—Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Contractors

10/6/2020—Workers' Compensation—Colorado—Workers' Compensation Rules of Procedure with Treatment

10/6/2020—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—New Jersey—Licensing Service

10/6/2020—Commercial Driver Safety—Washington—Minimum Training Requirements

10/5/2020—Safety - General—Massachusetts—Commercial Energy Efficiency

10/5/2020—Electrical Safety—Massachusetts—Electrical Code Amendments

10/5/2020—Commercial Driver Safety—Missouri—Skill Performance Evaluation for Commercial Drivers

10/5/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

10/5/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

10/5/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

10/5/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

10/5/2020—Health - General—New York—Mask Wearing Covering the Nose and Mouth

Proposed Rules

National:

10/14/2020—HazMat Transportation—49 CFR 191 and 192 - Pipeline Safety: Class Location Change Requirements; Proposed Rule

State:

10/16/2020—Specific Industries—West Virginia—Written Reports of Accidents

10/16/2020—OSHA —Maine—Occupational Safety and Health Standards

10/15/2020—Specific Industries—West Virginia—Additional Requirements for Sheathed Explosive Units

10/13/2020—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—Kansas—Hours of Service

10/9/2020—Asbestos —Massachusetts—Asbestos Removal, Containment, Maintenance

10/9/2020—Workers' Compensation—Texas—Unemployment Insurance

10/8/2020—Workers' Compensation—Kentucky—Workers' Compensation Hospital Fee Schedule

10/8/2020—Driving Safely—Virginia—Ignition Interlock Regulations

10/7/2020—Conveyors—Colorado—Conveyance Regulations

10/7/2020—Motor Carrier Safety—Utah—Safety Regulations for Motor Carriers

10/7/2020—Workers' Compensation—Washington—2021 Industrial Insurance Premium Rates

10/7/2020—Asbestos —Washington—Asbestos Supervisor Certification

10/7/2020—Motor Carrier Safety—Utah—Utah Size and Weight Rule

10/7/2020—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Utah—Tow Truck Requirements

10/6/2020—Asbestos —Massachusetts—Asbestos Removal, Containment, Maintenance

10/6/2020—Workers' Compensation—Texas—Rules covering Chapters 129 - 137

10/6/2020—Asbestos —Massachusetts—Asbestos Removal, Containment, Maintenance

10/6/2020—Temporary Workers—Washington—Temporary Worker Housing

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