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Transcript of SAFETY
Assist in all efforts to maintain a safe and healthy work place.
Provide safe working equipment.
Inform employees of proper work habits and procedures to maximize the potential of an accident-free work environment.
Monitor the existence of proper first aid and emergency equipment and procedures as well as employee knowledge and training in the use of such equipment and procedures.
To ensure the availability and efficient access to emergency medical services in the event of an accident or medical emergency.
Safety Program Goals
Employee Safety Manual-AWAIR
Committees- Public Works, Central Safety and Regional Public Works
Safety Consultant-Wells Fargo
Temporary Traffic Control
Job Hazard Analysis
Seat Belt and Cell Phone Policy
Right to Know Policy
New Safety Items
AWAIR- A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction
Employee Safety Manual
The objective is to reduce the frequency and severity of workers compensation accidents, to comply with State and Federal OSHA regulations, and to provide a safe and healthful workplace.
AWAIR Manual explains-
Safety Rules including motor vehicle operation
Communication and Training
Accident Reporting and Investigation
Public Works- A representative from each division (Parks, Streets, Shop, Utilities) meets monthly or when a situation arises for the safety committee at Public Works. Review accidents from the past month, bring up any safety concerns, make recommendations to central safety committee, inspection checks, and upcoming safety training.
Central Safety- A representative from each department meets every other month to discuss safety. Review any accidents and determine if the accident could have been prevented. Discuss future safety training and any other safety concerns.
Regional Public Works-The committee is made up of safety professionals throughout the state. This is a meeting held quarterly. Two Cottage Grove employees attend these meetings. Employee injuries are discussed, new safety inventions, safety concerns, safety presentation and lessons learned.
OSHA Consultation is a free service.
Review policies, work areas, required inspections.
No fines associated with OSHA’s findings unless the issues are not addressed in the required time.
Public Works held an OSHA Consultation in 2004, 2008 and in October of 2013.
A real OSHA inspection occurred in 2001.
Annual lift, forklift and bucket truck inspections.
Washington County annual facility inspection for Hazardous Waste Generator License.
Annual garage door and fire extinguisher testing.
Monthly walk around inspections by safety committee.
All inspection records are kept in my office and/or with the responsible division.
Annual Required Training
Right to Know, AWAIR, Bloodborne Pathogens
Back Injury Prevention
Severe Weather/ Emergency Action/ Heat Stress
Hearing Conservation and Hearing Tests
Personal Protective Equipment Inspections
Within Public Works
Public Works stretches 5-10 minutes before their shift to help prevent soft tissue injuries.
This is something MNDOT and Mortenson Construction do with success.
To reduce the risk of overexertion injuries.
Stretching reduces muscle soreness.
Increases work performance.
Should reduce workers’ compensation costs.
Chainsaw training every two years
Forklift training every 3 years
Gopher one call
CPR and First Aid
Community Hazard Awareness
Violence in the Workplace
Defensive Driving-10-12 employees each year
Seasonal Employee Training
Seasonal employees go through a full day of training before they start.
PowerPoint in the morning covering policies, procedures and other safety related topics.
Afternoon is equipment training on mowers, trailers, workman, and other equipment in their assigned division.
of the Month
Public Works is proactive when it comes to safety.
Organization Goal- Remaining current with changing legal or technical requirements, maintaining education requirements for various certifications, and researching best practices.
Policy-Right to Know
This program is intended to ensure employees are aware of the dangers associated with hazardous substances, harmful physical agents or infectious agents they may be exposed to in their workplaces.
MSDS to SDS-Material Safety Data Sheets to Safety Data Sheets within the next few months.
What do Safety Data Sheets provide?
Name of chemical
Fire and/or explosion information
Chemical reaction information
Spill and leak procedures
Job Hazard Analysis
The job hazard analysis is a tool for identifying hazards and developing safe job procedures.
Determines the proper PPE required for the job.
PPE-Required Personal Protective Equipment is provided to the employees by the City.
Some examples of PPE include but are not limited to a hard hat, safety glasses, chipping helmet, ear plugs, cutting chaps, cutting boots, gloves, safety vest and respirators.
Located in three different places throughout the Public Works Facility.
Public Works performs annual DOT inspections on all required equipment.
Daily inspections also occur before each use.
To comply with DOT standards, employees are randomly drug tested each quarter.
Temporary Traffic Control
All traffic control layouts are determined depending upon the situation.
Employees refer to the Minnesota Department of Transportation field manual if there are any questions.
Public Works purchased a crash trailer to help protect our employees when working alongside the street.
All employees who perform tasks on or near a roadway are required to wear a class 2 reflective safety vest.
Seat Belt Policy
City of Cottage Grove Policy-All employees of the City are required to comply with the Minnesota Seat Belt Law while operating or riding in a City owned, motor operated vehicle, or operating a personal vehicle while attending to City business.
Minnesota Statute 169.686 SEAT BELT USE REQUIRED
Subdivision 1.Seat belt requirement. (a) Except as provided in section 169.685, a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt, including both the shoulder and lap belt when the vehicle is so equipped, shall be worn by the driver and passengers of a passenger vehicle, commercial motor vehicle, type III vehicle, and type III Head Start vehicle.
One of the seat belt exemptions-a person who is actually engaged in work that requires the person to alight from and reenter a motor vehicle at frequent intervals and who, while engaged in that work, does not drive or travel in that vehicle at a speed exceeding 25 miles per hour.
Examples of work that might not require seat belt use:
Streets-Paving and Patching
Utilities- Hydrant Flushing
Cell Phone Policy
City of Cottage Grove Policy-For safety reasons, when operating City equipment or when operating any vehicle during paid work time or while conducting City business, cell phone use shall be limited to direct connect or answering in-coming calls only, unless the City vehicle or equipment is parked or is equipped with hands-free attachments.
State Statute and City Policy- No text messaging allowed while operating a motor vehicle in motion or part of traffic.
City Policy and Minnesota Statute- Employees will not use hand held mobile devices (cell phones) while operating a City owned commercial motor vehicle. This also includes text messaging. If there is an emergency, the employee must pull over to the side of the road in a safe manner and use the mobile device.
Each employee within Public Works has a training plan developed before the beginning of each year.
Required to obtain 40 hours of training each year.
Certifications and Licenses are part of the training plan.
Some Examples of Classes and Certifications
Wastewater Operator License
Water Operator License
Tree Trimming Certification
Irrigation Service Class
Pesticide Applicator License
Work Zone Safety
Toro Service Class