News & Events

 From the Executive Director’s Office……….

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently extended the Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant to The University of Alabama.

UA SafeState, a nationally recognized leader in the area of Safety and Health Management Systems, will use the grant to continue the training program teaching workers and managers how to implement an effective “Injury and Illness Prevention Program” in their workplace. This topic continues to be a top OSHA priority.

There will be no charge for the program to companies in both general industry and construction throughout Alabama and the entire Southeastern region. The training will be helpful for all types of businesses, from those just starting to develop a safety program to those looking to fine tune a program that is already in place.

For more information about the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant please contact Sheryl Foucher, at 205-348-7769 or

Upcoming I2P2 Class

December 19, 2013
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
Online Registration

 Thank You! Alabama Governor's Safety and Health Conference Planning Committee

The 26th Annual Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference was a great success this year! Our attendees were the most we’ve seen since 2008.

Each year, Committee members travel several times, in some cases long distances, to attend meetings in Prattville, AL, where much of the “behind the scenes” work gets done to make the Conference a reality.

The Committee carries out a number of important tasks, including selecting a Conference theme, establishing a Conference agenda, reviewing dozens of submitted presentation abstracts, selecting keynote and breakout session speakers, nominating and choosing award winners, and interpreting Conference evaluation results.


They also serve as breakout session Moderators during the Conference, and promote the Conference throughout the year.

The following were members of the 2013 Planning Committee:
Bobby Freeman, Hunt Refining
Charlie Willie, RockTenn
Chris Comstock, Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
Chris Hicks, Mitsubishi Polysilicon
Danny Smith, Danny Smith Consulting
Blake Knight, Alabama Power
Frank Davis, Liberty Mutual
Frank Wampol, B. L. Harbert International
Gary Gamble, City of Mobile
Jack Posey, Coastal Insurance
Jason Robinson, Auburn Engineers
Jeff Romine, Shaw Industries
Joseph Roesler, OSHA Mobile Office
Josh West, Alabama AGC
Kurt Friend, Southern Company
Dale Stacy, ThyssenKrupp Steel
Marla Holt, 3M
Matt Hollub, UA SafeState
Mike Milton, Hyundai
Paul Thurber, Nucor Steel
Sandy Hallmark, Alabama Workers’Compensation Division
Scott Herndon, Boral Brick
Steven Tunnel, Honda
Steve Sawyer, Brasfield and Gorrie
Terry Preston, EHS Made Easy
Tim Shaner, Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
Elizabeth Maples, Deep South Center OH&S UAB
Ramona Morris, OSHA Birmingham Office
John Sikes, UA SafeState

Environmental Management / ISO 14001 - Effective tools for your business (November 19 - 21, 2013)

Environmental management systems (EMS), operating as a formal ISO-14001, or as a basic internal business policy, are the most effective way to monitor and maintain compliance with the environmental regulations that impact your organization. More importantly, an effective EMS combines environmental compliance, efficiency, and process improvement tools that can have a positive impact on an organization’s cost of doing business.

On November 19-21, 2013, the Alabama Productivity Center and UA SafeState will host the three-day course “Management System/ISO-14001 Internal Auditor” at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With hands-on practical experience in a wide range of commercial and industrial settings, your instructors will provide real world examples and solutions for making the most out of environmental management for your business.

This course is designed around the ISO14001 Internal Auditing procedures and meets the criteria for Internal Auditor Training. This format provides seasoned internal auditors with the updated information and training they need. The course also provides individuals new to environmental compliance or EMS a solid foundation of tools and information for understanding and addressing environmental concerns in ways that will enhance their business and its position in the marketplace.

We look forward to seeing you in class this fall! Please use the information below to register today.
To register online

For more information about the logistics of the course, contact Peter Hodgson at or for course information, contact Jason Brasfield at


 First Annual Alabama Environmental Conference - October 20-21, 2014 Spread the word!  Perdido Beach Resort

Building on our growing programs that assist Alabama businesses in performing their best, UA SafeState, in partnership with the UA Culverhouse School of Commerce’s Alabama Productivity Center, is hosting a first-of-its kind, state and region-wide environmental conference next year. This conference will distinguish itself from other environmental conferences in a number of ways that will ensure take-home usefulness:

  • There will be tracks that address issues in all environmental media – air, water, and land.
  • The conference planning committee represents a diverse mixture of manufacturing, utilities, financial, legal, and regulatory entities that are developing a topic agenda that addresses problems and innovative solutions that participants will recognize.
  • Finally, while compliance issues will be part of the agenda, this conference will emphasize solutions based on an environmental management systems approach, presenting real-world examples showing how environmental liabilities can become assets

As many readers of this e-newsletter know, UA SafeState’s Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference has been a huge success for the past 26 years. The organizers and planners of the 2014 Alabama Environmental Conference are utilizing the experience and capabilities of our Training and Conference Activities staff, and have modeled the environmental conference on the participant-driven success of the Safety and Health Conference. So if you have attended the Safety and Health Conference, be sure to pass this information on to your company’s environmental compliance and management personnel.

Details about registration and accommodations will be coming out in early 2014. If you have questions about the conference agenda and topics, please contact John Sikes ( or Jason Brasfield ( at 800-421-7141.

 OSHA Update

OSHA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica was published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2013. OSHA is proposing one standard for General Industry and Maritime and a variation of that standard for Construction. The proposed Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) is 50 micrograms per cubic meter (50 u/cm2) for an 8-hour time weighted average, with an Action Level of 25 u/cm2. In this proposed rule, “respirable crystalline silica” means “airborne particles that contain quartz, cristobalite, and/or tridymite.” If you’re familiar with OSHA’s other comprehensive health standards, this one follows the same basic format that includes Initial and periodic monitoring, Regulated areas, Personal protective equipment (PPE) and respirators, Methods of control, Hazard communication, Medical monitoring, Recordkeeping, and Appendices. Some noteworthy requirements found in this proposed silica rule include:

  • Requires initial monitoring of the highest anticipated exposures. Also allows limited use of existing data for compliance purposes
  • Specific requirements in the regulatory text pertaining to the analytical evaluation of silica samples and lab standards for quality control
  • An option to establish either a Regulated Area or a develop a written employee “access control plan” to be updated at least annually
  • Prohibition of work rotation controls to reduce an employee’s average exposure
  • Removing silica dust with vacuums or wet methods, no sweeping or compressed air cleaning
  • Medical surveillance for workers over the PEL for 30 or more days per year – includes work history, physical exam, chest x-rays, pulmonary function, latent TB testing and any other testing as determined needed by attending physician; periodic exams at least every three years after.

Additionally, in the construction silica standard, a chart detailing acceptable types of controls and PPE for specific work operations is included in the regulatory text.

You can access the text of this proposed silica standard via OSHA’s website at or at The public written comment period is open until December 11, 2013. Public hearings are scheduled to begin in March 2014. The proposed standard numbers are 29 CFR 1910.1053 (General Industry and Maritime), and 1926.1053 (Construction).

If you have questions or need help with your safety and health concerns, we invite you to contact the Occupational Safety and Health section of UA SafeState at 1-800-452-5928.

SHARP Updates

Congratulations to ACE Auto Body (Hartselle, AL) and to Hawk Enterprises (Huntsville, AL) for renewing their participation in OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program, better known as SHARP. ACE Auto Body is a family-owned company that is been in business for 32 years. Hawk Enterprises provides specialty services and products for the military. We commend their commitment to employee safety and health and are pleased to have them as continued members of SHARP.


Pete Pelletier, Matt Hollub, Bill Tripp
Hawk Enterprises


Freda Thompson, Myron Thompson, Steven Weems
ACE Auto Body

New Certificate Recipients

Several dedicated safety and health professionals received Construction or General Industry Safety and Health Management Program Certificates this past quarter from UA SafeState’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTI-EC).

In order to earn their certificates, recipients were required to complete nearly 100 hours of classroom training in at least six courses and demonstrate their expertise by examination. We commend them for this accomplishment and applaud their efforts to insure the safety and well-being of co-workers on the job.


Alan Graham (right), Bartlett Nuclear

Taylor Robertson (left), Sunland Construction

Alan Blackmon (left), Alabama Power Company

Dion Wright (left), Vulcraft

If you would like more information on the Construction Safety and Health Management Certificate program or General Industry Safety and Health Management Certificate program, please go to or contact Joe Pilleteri, CSP at (205) 348-2765.

 Training Schedules

4th Quarter Environmental Training Schedule

UA SafeState’s Environmental Training Section will be offering the following courses, required by EPA and the State of Alabama to engage in these types of work, this upcoming quarter. If you already have these credentials and need to keep them updated, required update classes in these disciplines are being offered as well. The environmental training schedule is available on our website at

All classes are taught by exceptional instructors who have a wealth of real-world experience. Most classes include hands-on sections, where needed skill sets, as well as safe work practices, are taught. Classes are all offered at the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa. To register, please call our registration office at 205-348-3000, or register online at

For more information, please contact Peter Hodgson at 205-348-4603 or email him at Any of these classes can also be held at your location. Contact Peter for details.

4th Quarter OTI-EC Class Schedule

The OTI-EC will be hosting several of its most popular classes this quarter. In addition to the “core” Standards and Trainer courses, which are held on a revolving basis, several specialty courses will also be held including machinery and machine guarding standards, lockout/tagout, permit required confined spaces, bloodborne pathogen exposure control for healthcare facilities, introduction to machinery and machine safeguarding, and introduction to safety and health management. To see the complete listing for the fourth quarter and for 2014, please click on

For more information on these classes, please go online to or contact Joe Pilleteri, CSP at (205) 348-2765.