RICHMOND, Ky. — Administrators and managers of laundry processing facilities always have safety on their minds. As industry publications announce the latest injury or fatality, management scrambles to assess their operation’s vulnerability and evaluate their policies in the fear that their laundry could be next.
But understanding and applying an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) “general industry” regulation to a laundry operation can be difficult, the Association for Linen Management (ALM) says. How do you know what regulations apply to your operation and what resources are utilized to interpret them?
In that vein, the association has organized three Committed to Safety seminars — to be staged in California, New York and Texas — during which attendees will receive OSHA safety certification customized for the laundry industry. Each session will be limited to 50 participants.
Jim Beck, a veteran instructor at the Eastern Kentucky University OSHA Training Institute, and Dr. Michael S. Schumann, an EKU professor and attorney, will be speakers for the two-day programs.
The course is designed to provide training on general industry safety and health regulations to all levels of the workforce population. Topics are to include bloodborne pathogens, confined spaces, hazard communication, lockout/tagout and machine guarding.
ALM sought to offer the OSHA program to the widest audience possible, so seminars have been slated for Aug. 21-22 in Oakland, Calif.; Sept. 18-19 in Albany, N.Y.; and Nov. 17-18 in Dallas. Discounted advance registration is available for each session.
ALM says the course is appropriate for laundry directors, managers, maintenance personnel, equipment and chemical distributors, and installation and repair associates.