Workplace Safety

The Workplace Safety Department provides customized, flexible, cost effective and convenient education, training and consulting for you and your organization. CBI Workplace Safety services help businesses evaluate, develop and implement prevention policies and programs to address a broad range of workplace health and safety issues. The department provides the technical and professional knowledge, skills and abilities required by individuals in the challenging roles of safety, health and environmental professions. 

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Terry Meschke (OSHA)
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Terry Weston (OSHA/MSHA)
Workplace Safety & Health Consultant
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Robert Weston (OSHA/MSHA)
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Accident Investigation
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The Department of Labor reports that over a million employees are injured on the job each year. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar, or perhaps more disastrous, accident may be prevented. Effective accident investigations consist of management and employee involvement, identifying the root causes, strategies for implementing changes and how to keep those continuous improvements going.

Aerial Lifts
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Little training is given to first time operators of scissors lifts, boom lifts and other aerial equipment today. This unfortunately leads to accidents and injuries in the work place. Get training from an industry expert on function design and operating characteristics of these versatile machines. Learn what OSHA and ANSI A92 standards you need to be in compliance with regarding these types of equipment.

Arc Flash - Arc Blast
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For years business and industry safety professionals have focused their electrical safe work practice programs on electrical shock mitigation. Over the last decade, much emphasis has been placed on another life threatening aspect of electrical safety: Arc Flash and Arc Blast. This potentially deadly phenomenon occurs at many common electrical utilization areas throughout industry and is highly preventable. Our qualified staff of safety experts have the skills and knowledge to help you educate your workforce on the rules, regulations and guidelines regarding Arc Flash.  

AWAIR Program  (5208)
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Build your foundation for all your Safety & Health Programs by using the AWAIR Program as a road map to easily organize and implement all your policies and procedures. Learn ways to successfully involve all employees to actively participate and support your Safety Program using the five steps process of defining goals and responsibilities; utilizing methods used to identify, analyze and control hazards; productive accident investigations; modes of communication; positive and negative reinforcement; and Safety Team involvement.

Bloodborne Pathogens  (1910.1030)
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Workers in many different occupations are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. First aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some settings and health care staff are examples of workers who may be at risk of exposure. Minnesota and Federal OSHA mandate that you have a written policy and training if you have employees which would fall into those categories. Exposure controls programs include: Job Classifications covered; Engineering and Work Practice Controls; Personal Protective Equipment; Housekeeping; Hepatitis B Vaccination; Post Exposure Evaluations & Follow-up; Communication of Hazards; and Recordkeeping.

Confined Space  (1910.146)
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Millions of employees who enter into confined spaces each year face a significant risk of injury or death. Many of these same employees do not recognize that they may be facing serious unforeseen hazards by working in a confined space. Let the staff here at SCC help your company achieve compliance with the 1910.146 Confined Space Entry policy and provide on site training so that your employees will be safe while working in and around your confined spaces.

Electrical Safety and Electrical Safe Work Practices  (1910.301)
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Contact with electricity is the fourth leading cause of workplace fatalities, and electrical related standards consistently rank among OSHA and MSHA's most frequently cited. Find out how to assess your workplace for electrical hazards, training qualifications and proper protective equipment. Utilizing national consensus standards, OSHA regulations, MSHA regulations and staff expertise, our safety professionals will help you navigate your course to safety.

Emergency Action Plans  (1910 Subpart E)
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Do your employees know what to do when the weather goes bad? Or if there is a fire? In accordance with subpart E, we here at CBI can help you design an emergency action plan that works! We can assist you with drawing your evacuation routes and developing emergency reporting procedures.  We can also train your employees and help you execute emergency drills to test your plan.
Now is the time to be thinking about and testing your plan, not when it is needed!

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In short, ergonomics is the science that fits the work environment to the worker. Most people assume that ergonomic problems only include musculoskeletal problems, such as carpal tunnel and back injuries when, in fact, ergonomics involves much more. The science of ergonomics also includes anthropometric, cognitive, cardiovascular and psychomotor issues as well. By addressing all forms of ergonomic issue, your company will be able to maximize performance as well as prevent ergonomic injuries. CBI offers both training and on-site work station evaluations to deal with all forms of ergonomic issues.

Excavation & Trenching  (1926 Subpart P)
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We focus on OSHA standards on excavations, and train on practical soil mechanics and the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls. When inspections are required, types of protective systems and MNOSHA's most commonly cited excavation standards. On-site hands-on training is available, consisting of installation of different types of shoring and a trench rescue exercise.

Fall Protection  (1926.500)
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This program is for construction personnel who will be responsible for fall protection in the work places where fall hazards exist. You will learn other OSHA requirements for fall protection, fall hazard identification, how to select the proper protective system and the importance of planning for fall protection.

Fire Protection  (1910 Subpart L)
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Fires happen every day in the United States. How would you protect your business if a fire should happen? We can help you with your fire protection plans, fire suppression systems, evacuation routes and alarms. Our experienced professionals will assist you in satisfying the requirements of 1910.157. In addition, we offer on-site, hands-on fire extinguisher training for your employees using live fire in a controlled environment. This allows the course attendees to fight fire safely while providing the most realistic experience possible.

Forklift  (1910.178)
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There is much confusion and uncertainty with the 1910.178 forklift standard since its update in 1999. You need to be clear about the things OSHA requires your certified operators to know. Our training consists of interactive training designed to help your workers understand the implications of un-qualified operation of a forklift. We offer not only the initial classroom style training, but the required on-site performance evaluation as well. Our forklift experts are past operators of all seven classes of forklifts and are knowledgeable in all applicable general industry and construction applications as well as the applicable ASME B56 standards, as well.

Hazardous Materials
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Hazardous materials are found in most every industry. Understanding hazardous properties of these materials and how to properly use, store, transport and dispose of these materials is a must. CBI offers on-site consultation and training as well as online training for handling hazardous materials in the workplace.

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Hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training is designed to train responders in how to deal with uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials, both in the workplace and at uncontrolled release sites. With our mobile HAZWOPER trailer and our optional "blended" online training, CBI can meet your training needs on your terms.

Hazard Recognition
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Hazard recognition requires the ability to think outside the box and view processes from a number of different viewpoints. It also requires the ability to understand and complete the steps of a Job-Hazard Analysis. CBI has this ability as well as the ability to train other on this process. CBI can supply you and your employees the opportunity to learn basic skills and knowledge about protecting the health and safety of personnel working with hazardous substances, harmful physical agents, infectious agents, mechanical hazards and other hazards found in the workplace.

Hearing Conservation  (1910.95)
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OSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure standard encompasses not only workforce exposure, but also sets forth training, monitoring and written program requirements. Our qualified staff can help you in the areas of point or area sound level measurement, personal dosimetry monitoring, and/or program examination, development and implementation.

Hoists and Slings  (1910.1795205.1200)
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Hoists, and the slings that are frequently attached to them, are often involved in workplace accidents and injuries. Overhead, under hung, jib and gantry cranes are but a few of the examples of hoists commonly found in today's workplace. Along with inspection criteria and operation characteristics, labeling and training requirements are mandated by government regulations. Inspection schedules, training programs and equipment audits are key elements to a safe and efficient workplace. Let our trained staff of knowledgeable professionals assist you in achieving these objectives.

How to Prepare for OSHA Inspections
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This program is designed to give information on the MNOSHA program, including how inspections are initiated and conducted, rules and regulations, the resources for obtaining those regulations and what your rights are after the inspection.

Job Hazard Analysis
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A job hazard analysis is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools and the work environment. Ideally, after you identify uncontrolled hazards, you will take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level. Your company can use the findings of a job hazard analysis to eliminate and prevent hazards in their workplaces. This is likely to result in fewer worker injuries and illnesses; safer, more effective work methods; reduced workers' compensation costs; and increased worker productivity. The analysis also can be a valuable tool for training new employees in the steps required to perform their jobs safely.

Ask our Safety & Health Coordinators how to best utilize our services to start you on the road to a safer workplace by utilizing Job Hazard Analysis.

Lockout/Tagout  (1910.147)
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The control of hazardous energy standard (lockout/tagout), has only been on the books since 1989 and while it is one of the shorter OSHA standards, it is one of the most frequently cited in general industry. For the period October 2004 – September 2005, 29CFR 1910.147 was the most frequently cited standard in the nation. Specific training requirements, written programs and periodic audits are all mandated by the regulation. CBI's in-house professionals have the knowledge, training and experience to guide you towards making your workplace a safer place to be.

Machine Guarding  (1910.212)
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Workers in the thousands are injured every year due non-existent or improperly installed machine guards. Blindness, serious injury and even death can be the result of improper machine guarding. The certified and trained safety professionals at SCC's Center for Business & Industry can assist you with regulatory compliance and individual process safety initiatives.

On-Site Safety Management
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The best Safety and Health Programs involve every level of the organization, instilling a safety culture that reduces accidents for workers and improves the bottom line for managers. When Safety and Health are part of the organization and a way of life, everyone wins. Our experts will assist you in developing your safety culture, developing your policies and procedures, Safety & Health Program evaluations, training, internal controls and measuring your performance and results.

OSHA 10 & 30 hour (Construction and General Industry)
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Topics covered may include Introduction to OSHA, Walking Working Surfaces, Recordkeeping, Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Electrical, Stairways and Ladders, Personal Protective Equipment, Machine Guarding, Right-to-Know, Fall Protection, Excavation, Scaffolding, Equipment and Material Handling. Persons completing these classes will receive a ten-hour or thirty-hour completion card from the OSHA Training Institute. Classes may be substituted to meet the needs of the employer's work place.

OSHA Recordkeeping
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OSHA announced revisions to the system employers use to track and record workplace injuries and illnesses. The final rule became effective on January 1, 2002, and affects approximately 1.3 million establishments. The revised rule is designated to produce better information about occupational injuries and illnesses while simplifying the overall recordkeeping system for employers. New forms have been have been adopted after the 2002 final ruling including: OSHA Forms 300, 301 and 300A. Our experts will come to your place of business to review your records and work with your staff until they feel confident when recording injuries and illnesses.

OSHA Training Institute
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South Central College offers courses in cooperation with the Great Lakes Regional OSHA Education Center. The CBI Workplace Safety and Health Team at South Central College offers a series of courses drawing on the expertise of our instructors and intended to meet the needs of occupational safety and health professionals currently working in the field. Contact the CBI Workplace Safety and Health Team at (507) 332-5868 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   to learn more about the following courses:

  • 500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
  • 501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
  • 502 Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
  • 503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
  • 510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
  • 511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
  • 2045 Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards
  • 2264 Permit Required Confined Space Entry
  • 3010 Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics
  • 3095 Electrical Safety Standards
  • and more! 
Personal Protective Equipment  (1910.132)
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Most people know of the employer's requirement to perform a documented hazard assessment for each of their employees to determine appropriate levels of personnel protective equipment. Did you know that there are specific training requirements and inspection criteria as well? Hard hats, safety glasses, ear muffs and gloves are but a few examples of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that have specific requirements.

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PowerLift® is a patented program that teaches individuals proper lifting technique. This program has been implemented in a very diverse cross section of the workforce. Companies such as the United States Postal Service, North West Airlines, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and 3M have used this program to lower their incident rates and create a safe lifting culture in their facilities. Training can be provided face to face or on a Train the Trainer basis.


Reasonable Suspicion
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Supervisors and managers are critical links between the implementation of a Workplace Substance Abuse Program and its successful maintenance. Without their commitment to the program, your objectives – a safe, healthy workforce, and a more productive and profitable business – will go unrealized. However, for supervisors and managers to demonstrate solid commitment to the program, they must first understand what the program is, what it requires and how important their role really is in implementing and maintaining this program.

Residential Construction Continuing Education
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This training meets the requirements for seven (7) hours of continuing education for residential contractor license renewal. Topics covered include: health and electrical hazards in construction, energy cods, fall protection, tool safety, lead abatement and general hazard recognition in residential construction. Participants will leave with a better knowledge of OSHA requirements on the job site and a packet of information with checklists, interpretations, contacts and diagrams of what is required in a day-to-day operation. 

Rigging and Signal Person Training
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A qualified rigger possesses a recognized degree, certificate or professional standing, or has extensive knowledge, training and experience and can successfully demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads.

Each signal person must:

  • Know and understand the type of signals used. If hand signals are used, the signal person must know and understand the Standard Method for hand signals.
  • Be competent in the application of the type of signals used.
  • Have a basic understanding of equipment operation and limitations, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging and stopping loads, and boom deflection from hoisting loads.
  • Know and understand the relevant requirements of §1926.1419 through §1926.1422 and §1926.1428.
  • Demonstrate that he/she meets the requirements in paragraphs (c)(1) Through (4) of this section through an oral or written test and through a practical test.


Each session is a four (4) hour time commitment for up to 20 people. The training is done at your site or at SCC. Sessions can be done back-to-back the same day for a discounted rate. 1-2 hour basic rigging sessions are also available a well as workshops with your workers involved in rigging.

Employee Right-to-Know  (5206)
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This Employee Right-To-Know Program is written with the intent to ensure that all employees are aware of the dangers associated with hazardous substances, harmful physical agents or infectious agents they may be exposed to in their workplace. Our professional staff will ensure your company is in accordance with both State and Federal OSHA regulations. Your services can include development of MSDS books on hazardous substances and/or agents that exist in the workplace; identification of employees who are routinely exposed to those substances or agents; a system for obtaining and maintaining written information on the substances and agents employees may be exposed to in the workplace; methods for making the Employee Right-To-Know information readily accessible to employees in their work areas; a plan for providing initial, pre-assignment and annual training of employees; and implementation and maintenance of a labeling system or other warning methods.

Safety and Health Audits  (5208.0040)
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There are many ways to perform a health and safety audit at your facility, but what exactly is a safety audit and do you have to conduct one? An audit is usually a preventative measure undertaken to evaluate the safety and health of a facility and its personnel. Typically, the audit process involves conducting a survey of a facility to ensure that the goals of the safety program are being achieved and while not compulsory by federal OSHA standards, they are by several state plans, including Minnesota. These surveys can be used not only as a compliance tool but also as a an effective leading indicator of your facility overall safety culture. Often internal auditing teams are too close to the process or facility and can miss opportunities for improvement. The utilization of CBI staff professionals in your auditing process can be instrumental in maximizing achieving your safety and health goals. 
Safety Teams
Safety Teams are a key part of safety in the workplace. They can provide a central focus when they represent all functions or departments to allow the organization to take an overall look at safety requirements and to foresee problems. They can provide a sounding board by being a visible and approachable body for safety or health complaints and suggestions. Our proven methods for motivating your team will ensure that they will be action-oriented and results driven. All members are given training and the tools they need to become successful. Each member is given a position within the team to focus on goal setting and problem solving techniques, accident analysis skills and measurement tools to assess the team progress.
Workers' Compensation Management
Where in business can you go into your manager's office and state that you can save 100% of costs? With a proactive approach to safety and early intervention when managing Workers' Compensation cases you can. We will work with you and your business to manage these cases in a cost-effective yet caring manner. Our goal is to help your company reduce your Workers' Comp costs in the future. Our services include controlling cost, writing your programs, educating your management team and employees and setting up proven procedures to help you to be successful in your Return to Work and Loss Control Programs.
Workplace Substance Abuse
Working for a company that is alcohol and drug free has a lot of advantages. Employers who maintain alcohol and drug-free workplaces do more than just protect their business assets; they contribute to the improved safety, health and well being of their workforce. Employees benefit from knowing that a drug free workplace program applies not only to them, but to all coworkers and managers on whom their safety and security depends.
The good news is that the vast majority of workers are not substance abusers. Our best defense in keeping our workplace free from drug and alcohol use is employee education and awareness. Our staff has over 25 years experience developing and implementing successful Substance Abuse Programs.
Let our experienced professional assist you in meeting the Department of Transportation requirements in alcohol misuse and drug use (49 CFR 382.603). CBI can provide your company with OSHA required training at a location of your choice.


Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 10:02