Paper & Chemical Sites
Code 3 Safety & Training is the preferred choice for the paper and chemical industries of the Northwest. These facilities require a whole host of competent training and consulting to comply with state and federal regulations, maintain workplace safety, support employee health and safety needs, and lower corporate insurance costs by decreasing workers compensation claims. These industries are inherently dangerous and require safety management personnel to be proactive and safety-minded in their everyday work.
Many companies have their own emergency response team or brigade. These teams are vital to increase the competency of response to fires, medical emergencies and hazardous materials spills and incidents. These industrial teams are the first line of defense and are the true “first responder” to workplace events. They should be trained and equipped to interact and respond with local professionals in fire and EMS. Together, with proper training, equipment, and interagency cooperation with the 911 responders, the response and mitigation of incidents are handled in a safe and competent manner. The proper training and equipping of these teams and other employees reduce overall cost to the company in an emergency by decreasing employee time-loss injuries and equipment shutdown times. Production can resume more quickly, increasing profitability following an event.
Code 3 Safety & Training is prepared to increase your chemical plant safety or paper mill safety by offering your employees a full range of OSHA hazardous materials training, CPR, AED, First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens certifications, NIMS Incident Command, Fire Extinguisher or Fire Watch training. We offer OSHA safety consulting as well in a variety of applications.
Our “experts-in-the-field” have years of real-life experience and training as first responders. We have training and emergency response experience in several mills and chemical plant sites from Roseburg and Portland, Oregon to Longview and Bellingham, Washington. We have trained many ERT in these locations and have worked together with mill management to fortify response capabilities, build infrastructure and procedures, and increase the knowledge and competency of the true “first responders.”
Code 3 Safety & Training will instill confidence in your employees by providing the highest quality OSHA training and consulting. We are built on experience! Our instructional and consulting staff includes working and retired firefighters, paramedics and EMTs who have performed emergency response in the community hundreds of times. We know what it is like to respond to fires, medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, and hazardous materials incidents. Our staff has experience in the International Fire Code, emergency evacuation planning, workplace safety issues, and proper training and preparedness measures to ensure that your highest valued asset, your employee, is as safe as possible. We do not cut corners. We are truly a full-service training provider and safety consulting firm.
Please select from one of the two options below and reserve your next OSHA safety consulting or training certification with Code 3 Safety!
Federal and State Regulatory information:
Note: Washington and Oregon each have a state OSHA program, which is required to conform to federal OSHA rules. Both states have the option to enact stricter regulatory requirements.
- Workplace Hazardous materials requirements at the federal level:
Under the OSHA law, each employer is responsible for the safety and health of its workers and for providing a safe and healthful workplace. Employers must protect workers from anticipated hazards associated with participation in response and recovery operations for hazardous substances. For additional information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA’s employers page, workers page and publications list.
1910.120(b) – Safety and health program: Develop and implement a written safety and health program that describes the work policies, practices, and procedures for workers who conduct hazardous waste operations/cleanup work. The program must identify, evaluate, and control safety and health hazards, and provide emergency response procedures for hazardous waste operations.
1910.120(c) – Site characterization and analysis: Before workers enter a new site, perform a preliminary evaluation to identify hazards to which workers may be exposed and determine how to protect them with engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
1910.120(e) – Training: Prior to engaging in hazardous waste operations, train workers, including employees, supervisors, and site managers. See standard for training requirements depending on each individual’s job function on the site.
1910.120(l) – Emergency response by employees at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites: Develop, implement, and make available to OSHA, employees, and their representatives a written response plan that describes what workers must do in an emergency.
The Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986 required OSHA to issue regulations protecting workers engaged in hazardous waste operations. OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards (in general industry, 29 CFR 1910.120; and construction 29 CFR 1926.65) established health and safety requirements for employers engaged in these operations, as well as responses to emergencies involving releases of hazardous substances. HAZWOPER requires that employers follow specific work policies, practices, and procedures to protect their workers potentially exposed to hazardous substances. The standards provide employers with the information and training criteria necessary to ensure workplace health and safety during hazardous waste, emergency response, and cleanup operations involving hazardous substances. HAZWOPER aims to prevent and minimize the possibility of worker injury and illness resulting from potential exposures to hazardous substances.
Exposures to hazardous substances pose a wide range of acute (i.e., immediate) and chronic (i.e., long-term) health effects. These may include chemical burns, sensitization, irritation, and other toxic effects that may lead to death. Hazardous substance releases can also result in fires, explosions, high-energy events, and/or toxic atmospheres depending on the physical properties and health hazards of the released substance(s). OSHA’s Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances Safety and Health Topic page provides more information on safety and health hazards from exposure to hazardous substances.
- Workplace Fire Extinguisher Training requirements at the federal level:
Training and education.
Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage firefighting.
The employer shall provide the education required in paragraph (g)(1) of this section upon initial employment and at least annually thereafter.
The employer shall provide employees who have been designated to use firefighting equipment as part of an emergency action plan with training in the use of the appropriate equipment.
The employer shall provide the training required in paragraph (g)(3) of this section upon initial assignment to the designated group of employees and at least annually thereafter.
- Workplace First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens requirements at the federal level:
Legal requirements vary throughout the country, and across various industries.
“In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.”
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
(29 CFR 1910.1030)
This is the most frequently requested and referenced OSHA standard affecting medical and dental offices. Some basic requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard include:
- A written exposure control plan, to be updated annually
- Use of universal precautions
- Consideration, implementation, and use of safer, engineered needles and sharps
- Use of engineering and work practice controls and appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face and eye protection, gowns)
- Hepatitis B vaccine provided to exposed employees at no cost
- Medical follow-up in the event of an “exposure incident”
- Use of labels or color-coding for items such as sharps disposal boxes and containers for regulated waste, contaminated laundry, and certain specimens.
- Employee training.
- Proper containment of all regulated waste
- Workplace Emergency Action Plan requirements at the federal level:
Putting together a comprehensive emergency action plan that deals with those issues specific to your worksite is not difficult. It involves taking what was learned from your workplace evaluation and describing how employees will respond to different types of emergencies, taking into account your specific worksite layout, structural features, and emergency systems. Most organizations find it beneficial to include a diverse group of representatives (management and employees) in this planning process and to meet frequently to review progress and allocate development tasks. The commitment and support of all employees is critical to the plan’s success in the event of an emergency; ask for their help in establishing and implementing your emergency action plan. For smaller organizations, the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally if there are 10 or fewer employees. [29 CFR 1910.38(b)]
At a minimum, the plan must include but is not limited to the following elements [29 CFR 1910.38(c)]:
- Means of reporting fires and other emergencies
- Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
- Procedures for employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate
- Accounting for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed
- Rescue and Medical Duties for Employees Performing Them (CPR and First Aid training)
- Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted