Below are a few of the questions we are most frequently asked. If you have questions other than the ones listed please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

What Kind of Training Do You Do?

GetYouThinking, LLC offers training on almost any topic imaginable. The bulk of our classes are based on Healthcare, OSHA and PEC (Oil & Gas) topics as well as customized classes to cover specific topics. These specific topics include:

  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • HAZWOPER
  • Fall Protection
  • Excavation & Trenching
  • Confined Space
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • And much more!

In addition we provide training in the following topics:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED (American Heart Association & National Safety Council)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Confined Space & High Angle Rescue
  • Leadership
  • Incident Command System
  • Hospital First Receiver

Do We Have To Complete Yearly Hazard Assessments?

Yes, OSHA requires annual assessments of a company’s hazards in all of its work environments at least annually. The actual requirement for the evaluation comes from OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I:

 1910.132(d)

Hazard assessment and equipment selection.

1910.132(d)(1)

The employer shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). If such hazards are present, or likely to be present, the employer shall:

1910.132(d)(1)(i)

Select, and have each affected employee use, the types of PPE that will protect the affected employee from the hazards identified in the hazard assessment;

1910.132(d)(1)(ii)

Communicate selection decisions to each affected employee; and,

1910.132(d)(1)(iii)

Select PPE that properly fits each affected employee. Note: Non-mandatory Appendix B contains an example of procedures that would comply with the requirement for a hazard assessment.

1910.132(d)(2)

The employer shall verify that the required workplace hazard assessment has been performed through a written certification that identifies the workplace evaluated; the person certifying that the evaluation has been performed; the date(s) of the hazard assessment; and, which identifies the document as a certification of hazard assessment.

This mandates that Personal Protective Equipment must be reevaluated annually. The need for the entire assessment comes from a blanket statement made by OSHA regarding specific standards. Various standards, such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Lead, Hexavalent Chromium, and Occupational Noise Exposure, have statements that mandate that all feasible engineering and administrative controls are attempted before personal protective equipment is utilized. OSHA has blanketed that requirement into all hazards. Based on this blanket, all employers must evaluate the hazards for feasible engineering and administrative controls before they can evaluate hazards for personal protective equipment controls.

Additional information on hazard assessments can be found here.

 

*Unless specific citations are shown, all answers are based on interpretations provided by authorized officials. As such, all information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

What Level Of Training Do I Need?

The level of training an employee needs is dependent upon their level of involvement with hazards. All employees must be trained in all the hazards they might be exposed to in the course of their work and in the safety devices or policies designed to protect them from those hazards. If an employee’s worst case exposure to a hazard is to be around the hazard, they would most likely need “Awareness” level. If they might be expected to work in or on the hazard, they would need “Authorized” or “Qualified” level training depending on their involvement with the hazard. Typically “Competent” level training is reserved for those evaluating the hazards for protective device or policy needs.

A good example of this is Fall Protection. If a company has an office and a shop together and there are unprotected elevated working areas in the shop, office personnel might need “Awareness” level training to know how to identify the hazardous areas and to avoid them. Those working up on the elevated areas would need “Authorized” level training to use personal fall arrest systems or other devices. The person evaluating anchor points and doing annual equipment inspections would need “Competent” level training.

Some topics specify exactly what different levels of training can do. OSHA’s Hazwoper standard separates training into Awareness, Operations, Technician, On Scene Incident Commander, and Specialist levels. Looking at the standard, you can see that it spells out exactly what each level can do. Some topics do not have this level of specifics, but a few do.

 

*Unless specific citations are shown, all answers are based on interpretations provided by authorized officials. As such, all information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

What Is The Difference Between A Certificate And Certification?

Contrary to popular belief, a certificate and a certification are not the same. Every single class we off is eligible for a certificate. This certificate is basically documentation that students actually did attend the course and passed any oral or written competency test. Certificates are the results of an educational process and demonstrate knowledge of the content of the course at that time.

Certifications, however, go beyond the level of certificates. A certification is the result of an assessment process and demonstrates the application of skills and knowledge in real-life scenarios. In addition to oral or written testing covered in a certification process, practical skills must be completed successfully in order to obtain the certification.

Do You Do Any Site Inspections (Monthly, Yearly) Such As First Aid Kits, Well Sites, Eye Wash Stations, Fire Extinguishers, Etc.?

Equipment and site inspections are a large part of our field services. We can develop inspection plans to match the needs of your company. Some of the inspections we perform are:

  • Fire Extinguishers: monthly, annually, 6 year, and hydro testing
  • Respirators: monthly and flow testing
  • Well sites
  • Rigs
  • First aid kits
  • Eyewash stations
  • Tools
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Lifting equipment

We can work with your company to figure out what inspections need to be done and at what frequency in order to make sure your equipment and facilities are always in good condition.

Do You Do Training On Location Or In A Different State?

We provide training wherever you need us. We have provided training in client conference rooms, in garages, in restaurants, in hotels, out of trucks, and on field locations. We will travel to any location, worldwide, in order to provide the training you need where you need.

Do You Offer H2S Training?

We do offer Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) training in order to meet the industry standard annual training requirement. Our H2S training is designed to meet ANSI Z390.1 2006 standard as per American Petroleum Institute’s requirements.

GetYouThinking, LLC offers varying levels of H2S training. Our basic level of training is designed only to meet the ANSI standard and consists of typically about 2-3 hours of classroom discussion. We can also add on additional modules to the basic training or do the modules separate from the basic class as needed. These modules include emergency respirator use and H2S rescue practices.

The emergency respirator use module is designed for those who might work while wearing a respirator or who might need a respirator in order to safely escape from a contaminated area. This training would be a thorough familiarization into how to use an employee’s respirator and drills to ensure they can quickly and successfully don and doff respirators.

The H2S rescue practices module would be a follow-up module to the respirator use. In order to do this training, employees would have to have proof that they were already thoroughly trained in the use of respirators, since they will be using them in the class. The content of this class will be a brief discussion of basic rescue techniques and rescuer safety, followed by extensive drills in which all employees will quickly don respirators and actually rescue “unconscious victims” from hazard areas.

Training Only Takes Like 30 Minutes, Right?

While some training topics can be covered in 30 minutes, most classes will require more time to cover them adequately. Some topics have very specific requirements. For instance, Hazwoper also specifies specific training durations depending on the level of training the employees need. Obviously, if the time limit is specified, we cannot deviate from the requirement.

In addition to classes with designated time lengths, all other training classes are going to have required curriculum that must be covered. In order to train employees on this curriculum to the level that OSHA requires, some topics can take up to an entire day or more.

The average company can expect to require 1-2 full days of training per year just to be OSHA compliant. Obviously, some jobs, such as offices, might require much less, while other companies might need much more training every year.

How much of a notice do you need to conduct training at our facility?

We pride ourself in understanding that sometimes services are needed on the spur of the moment. Many times classes can be scheduled the next day, depending on our schedule and availability of materials. We also offer classes at night and on weekends if needed.

Do I receive a Certification or Completion card?

You will receive an e-Card within 24 hours of the class. It is considered a Completion card and has an expiration date 2 years from the date of class.

How long is my Completion Card good for?

CPR / AED – 2 years
First Aid – 2 years
Bloodborne Pathogen – 1 year

Does the Bloodborne Pathogen course require a Skills Check?

No, this is the only course that does NOT require a Skills Check.

What should I bring to class?

For any type of CPR training, it’s best to wear comfortable clothing, as you will be moving from one area to another to practice the hands on training.

Where are classes located...

At your home, office, or a local training facility.

Where can I obtain Course Materials...

Students can get ebooks from ebooks.heart.org

What Training Is Required Every Year By OSHA?

OSHA requires a few topics to be trained upon annually. These topics include:

  • Access to Medical Records
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Fire Extinguishers (for businesses that provide extinguishers for employee use)
  • Hazwoper (for those businesses that require Hazwoper training)
  • Hearing Conservation (for employees included in Hearing Conservation Plans)

There are also a few other trainings that are required by other groups. These include H2S and Drug & Alcohol. The requirements for these trainings come from clients typically, but some requirements can come from the DOT, EPA, or other groups as well.

In addition to OSHA’s annual requirement, they require employees to be trained on the hazards of their work and of their worksites. While most of these require retraining only when employees prove incompetency or when the process or hazard changes, it is the standard for most industries to require retraining every 2-3 years.

 

*Unless specific citations are shown, all answers are based on interpretations provided by authorized officials. As such, all information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Does OSHA 10 Satisfy Any Requirements? SafeLand?

OSHA 10 and Safeland are specific requirements for certain companies. Most will require one or the other, but a few require both. Obviously, these classes meet those requirements and only these classes will usually satisfy the requirements.

Safeland & OSHA 10 are considered orientations, not training. As such, they do not count as OSHA training. In addition to the classroom time spent covering these classes, employees would need to go through all of OSHA’s required training as well, including all the topics covered by Safeland or OSHA 10.

For companies that need both OSHA 10 and Safeland for different clients, PEC has come out with the PEC 10 course. This course will actually give a certification that meets both OSHA 10 and Safeland at the same time. Obviously, it will be up to the client to determine whether or not this is acceptable. Since neither OSHA 10 nor Safeland constitute training, the PEC 10 would not either.

Many companies have taken advantage of online training for the OSHA 10. In the past, this has been an easy option for getting this certification. Based on recent changes in OSHA’s requirements, online classes are no longer acceptable per OSHA’s guidelines for the OSHA 10. Anyone who has taken the OSHA 10 online before the changes will still have an OSHA recognized card, but new online classes will not be recognized by OSHA.

For OSHA’s specifics on this matter, click here.

 

*Unless specific citations are shown, all answers are based on interpretations provided by authorized officials. As such, all information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

What Needs To Be In A First Aid Kit?

OSHA only requires specific contents in a first aid kit for specific industries, such as logging. Aside from that, their regulation reads:

1910.151(b)

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.

ANSI has a recommended list of first aid supplies, though it is not a legal requirement. A summary of this standard is included in the document attached here.

Basically, your company needs to determine what specifically it wants/needs based on the hazards of your working environment. There are a few different ways to get an idea of what is needed. First, look at your records of what is being restocked in the kits. Second, talk to the employees and managers to figure out what supplies they like and do not like. They might also have supplies in mind that you do not have. Doing these two things gives a pretty good idea of what to have in the kits for everyday use. You should also look at the hazards of the work area to determine what harm could happen and stock supplies for those issues as well.

 

*Unless specific citations are shown, all answers are based on interpretations provided by authorized officials. As such, all information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Do I Have To Renew My OSHA 10 Card Every Year?

Currently, the OSHA 10 card does not have an expiration date associated with it. Most companies will require that employees retake the class every 3-5 years depending on who you work for (or who your company is working for).

While the OSHA 10 card does not expire, the topics covered during the class have annual or bi-annual refresher training required. This means that if you take the OSHA 10 course one year, you will have to get training on most of the topics either every year or every other year.

How Often Do We Have To Have Safeland?

Safeland is actually considered an orientation, not training. Since it is the case, it is only required upon the employees’ initial assignment. Certain companies may require taking the class annually or every few years.

What is ISNetworld, PEC, Browz, PICS, DISA?

When a contractor/supplier is going to an owner/client site, that owner/client wants to ensure that the contractor is abiding by Federal, State and Local requirements where it involves safety, training and regulatory information. Since it is hard for many of these owner/clients to audit each and every contractor to ensure compliance with regulations such as OSHA, they require that the contractor/supplier go through a third party. Some of these third parties include ISNetworld, PEC Premier, PICS and BROWZ. These online data bases review information supplied by the contractor and then report their findings to owner/clients.

DISA is an employee screening service that provides employers with tools to help ensure that their potential and current employees maintain safe and productive work environments. DISA provides pre-employment and random drug and alcohol screening along with background checks, just to name a few. Many owner/clients also require contractors be a part of DISA.

Upon completion of the Safeland USA class, how long does it take to receive my card?

Upon successful completion of the class, you will be issued a temporary card that is good for 45 days. A hard card with your picture on it is usually received in about 30 days.

What Companies Require SafeLand Training?

There are a handful of companies that require SafeLand training of their associated contractors. A few of these include Anadarko, BHP, Halcon, and Marathon.

Who Is Required to Have SafeLand Training?

The contractors that work on the job site of the companies mentioned above in the oil and gas industry.

How Long Is The SafeLand Course?

The SafeLand training course can usually be completed in one day by individuals and groups up to 25.