THMG254 – Rick Emery educates us on OSHA


If you didn’t listen to THMG250, then listen to that first. We made a thesis, Rick schooled us. (rightfully so). Bring this back to the kitchen table and let everyone know. 

Show Notes:

5:00 OSHA w/ Operations Training

  • Read 19.10.120
  • NFPA has a handbook that goes into more depth of OSHA
  • OSHA Compliance Manuel (many people have never seen this)

8:30 Wrinkles in the OSHA Compliance Manuel

  • May enter danger area to extinguish fire (propane, natural gas). Normally employees trained at the operations level would be restricted from taking aggressive action in these situations, but if there is imminent danger they are granted authority
  • In order to work with gasoline, you have to have specific training or you can receive a citation from OSHA

12:00 Toxicity vs Explosive In Confronting OSHA Guidelines

  • When the OSHA Compliance Model was written, the people who completed it were volunteer firefighters. It has been unchanged for 31 years, but it still makes sense when you dive into the details.

17:00 Applying OSHA Compliance To Our Jobs

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9 thoughts on “THMG254 – Rick Emery educates us on OSHA”

  1. Love the podcasts, but between episodes 250 and 254 I must say this cleared up a lot of questions about responses to calls they were in that grey area. I run with an industrial hazmat team as a technician and am a volunteer firefighter running operations level with them. I am currently going through the training to become a hazmat instructor and your podcasts while giving great info also point me in the right directions for reference material

    1. I suggest setting up a meeting with your local OSHA inspector (or equivalent if a state plan). They should be able to answer any questions on this topic for you.

  2. Albert V Condello III

    Whomever is assigned the Technical Reference Specialist should have been trained in OSHA 30 Hours – General Industry.
    I know that a lot of the confusion is not having a diverse background whomever is also assigned to the role of HazMat Safety Officer.

    I personally have been pursuing professional certification on top of getting ProBoard and IFSAC credentials.
    CHMM was very helpful as it give me a background on DOT and RCRA as well OSHA Hazwoper requirements.
    CSP was my second professional certification and this provided a more informed background in Occupational Safety.
    I am currently pursuing my CIH and this is considered the hat trick of safety. Never stop learning and preparing for the big one!
    The unknown, unknowns – take training serious as you might be asked to perform and you want to be on your A game that day.

    1. I suggest setting up a meeting with your local OSHA inspector (or equivalent if a state plan). They should be able to answer any questions on this topic for you.

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