Important News!

New OSHA Confined Spaces Training Courses Added!

Training Opportunity: NEW OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction and the OSHA Permit-Required Confined Spaces in General Industry Standards

Cocciardi and Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce Confined Spaces Training meeting the NEW "Confined Spaces in Construction" Standard which became effective August 3, 2015 (with OSHA enforcement initiating October 2, 2015) and the current OSHA General Industry "Permit-Required Confined Spaces" Standard.

This class provides certification to individuals in both OSHA disciplines on the identification and recognition of Confined Spaces and Permit-Required Confined Spaces (PRCS) and responsibilities for all required job positions. Entrants, Attendants and Supervisors receive certification at the completion of Day 1 of the class. Rescue personnel complete required rescue drills and respirator use training on Day 2 of the class. [NOTE: Students must be medically approved to use a respirator to fully participate in all rescue drills, which additionally meet OSHA annual respirator training/fit testing requirements.]

Mechanicsburg, PA: September 23-24, 2015

Scranton, PA: October 14-15, 2015

Cost per Student:

1st Day (Only) [8hrs]*: $225/student

Full Class [16hrs]: $375/student

*This session completes construction industry requirements for individuals who are currently General Industry PRCS certified.

For information/registration please contact:

Jennifer Macknosky (Scranton, PA) at 570-291-0030 or jmacknosky@cocciardi.com

Kim Freed (Mechanicsburg, PA) at 717-766-4500 or kfreed@cocciardi.com

Registration may be completed directly on-line at on our Training Registration page

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A new OSHA rule, effective August 3, 2015, is designed to improve occupation safety and health for employees in the construction industry. Published in May of 2015, the Confined Spaces in Construction Standard (codified at 29CFR1926 Subpart AA [1926.1201-1213]) https://www.osha.gov/confinedspaces/index.html is designed to bring the protections formerly only available to workers covered by the General Industry regulations to workers in the construction sector.

The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers have had for more than two decades, with some differences tailored to the construction industry. These include requirements to ensure that multiple employers share vital safety information and continuously monitor hazards – a safety option made possible by technological advances after the general industry standard was created.

Although effective August 3, 2015, in July of this year OSHA postponed full enforcement of the standard for 60 days (to October 2, 2015). During this 60-day period, OSHA will not issue citations to an employer making good faith efforts to comply with the new standard, as long as the employer is in compliance with either the training requirements of the new standard, found at 29 CFR 1926.1207, or the training requirements found at 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(6)(i), the former construction confined spaces standard, which generally instructed employers as follows:

All employees required to enter into confined or enclosed spaces shall be instructed as to the nature of the hazards involved, the necessary precautions to be taken, and in the use of protective and emergency equipment required. The employer shall comply with any specific regulations that apply to work in dangerous or potentially dangerous areas.

Employers who fail to train their employees consistent with either 29 CFR 1926.1207 or 1926.21(b)(6)(i) will be cited for a violation of the new standard prior to October 2, 2015.

Frequently asked question (FAQs) on the new construction standard can be found at OSHA's website:(click here).

To address the complexities of these standards, Cocciardi is offering training in a two day format. Employees attending Day 1 of the Cocciardi Confined Spaces and PRCS training will receive instruction in compliance with both standards as Entrants, Attendants, and Supervisors. As both standards address rescue and emergency services, Cocciardi is offering a Day 2 which provides training/exercises in compliance with these special requirements. Day 2 curriculum also covers the respiratory protection requirements of rescue personnel. Students attending Day 2 will be expected to be able to physically perform 3 rescue activities which include both exterior and interior rescues. Interior rescues are performed while wearing respiratory protection and students must be medically cleared to use a respirator in compliance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard.

Additional offerings for large groups or dedicated on-site training are available upon request. Should you have any further questions or need assistance contact any of the consultants at the Cocciardi office locations.

Mechanicsburg, PA (717) 766-4500

Scranton, PA (570) 291-0030

State College, PA (814) 238-2113