Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Important Updates on the OSHA 10-Hour Courses

Dear CareerSafe Supporters,

CareerSafe is proud to announce that we have been selected as one of only 10 OSHA authorized training providers to offer the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry and Construction Industry training to the young worker market. As part of this award, OSHA has mandated a variety of changes, including an updating of the courses themselves. Three of the primary updates include a) expanded material on the Focus Four Hazards, b) new user authentication process, and c) a compressed course completion timeframe. More information will be sent at a later date regarding those updates.

There are, however, four major changes regarding course vouchers and completion deadlines that may impact your current students. We wanted to make you aware of the changes and give you ample time for questions and planning.

  1. New Voucher Sales. OSHA’s deadline to implement the new compliance requirements is April 1, 2012. Given the short timeframe, we must temporarily halt all sales of the OSHA 10-Hour courses beginning April 1, 2012. Our target date to offer the newly updated courses is June 25, 2012.
  1. Existing Vouchers. Any student already in possession of an unused voucher will be granted enrollment into the current version of the course.
  1. Completion Deadline. Students enrolled prior to April 1, 2012 will have one year or until September 30, 2012, whichever comes first, to complete the material. Students enrolling in the current version of the OSHA 10-Hour courses on or after April 1, 2012 MUST complete the course by September 30, 2012.  The new OSHA policy will NOT permit granting additional completion time.
  1. Extension Courses. The changes also decommission the extension courses. After April 1, 2012, vouchers for extension courses will no longer be offered.  If a student or school has unused extension vouchers:
    1. Students may enroll in the extension course until September 30, 2012; however, all course material must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CST on September 30, 2012. The new OSHA policy will NOT permit completion time extensions.
    1. Students not completing the course by 11:59 p.m. CST September 30, 2012 will need to purchase a new OSHA 10-Hour voucher and start the course material from the beginning.
    1. Students or schools with unused extension course vouchers may submit a request for refund or exchange.  Vouchers will be exchanged based on the dollar value.
The OSHA updates will guarantee students will receive the best OSHA safety training available.  During this transition, our support desk and team are here to address any questions or concerns you may have.  We are excited to present the updated courses to you in June, and appreciate your continued support of CareerSafe.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CareerSafe Selected as an Approved Online OSHA Training Provider

CareerSafe® LLC, the leading provider of online OSHA 10-hour General Industry and Construction Industry youth-focused training, was selected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as one of 10 authorized training providers to continue delivery of online courses as part of its Outreach Training Program. The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches workers how to identify, prevent and eliminate workplace hazards. The program also informs workers of their rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint with OSHA.

"We are pleased to announce the selection of these online training providers," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels. "These high-quality online courses will allow a greater number of workers to receive valuable interactive training supported by safety professionals - especially in remote areas with limited access to standard classrooms."

CareerSafe® could not be more honored to be a part of a commitment to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities. "This is an incredible achievement for CareerSafe as it validates our commitment to deliver high quality, behavior changing training. It will serve as the foundation for the expansion of our National Youth Safety Initiative," said CareerSafe® President and CEO, Dr. Larry Teverbaugh. "Also, at $18 per course, CareerSafe® offers the lowest price for the online OSHA 10-hour General Industry and Construction Industry training so that cost is not a barrier to receiving potentially life-saving training. Our goal is to teach younger workers how to StaySafe in the workplace and begin to prepare these young men and women for a safe and prosperous futures."

Making training available to this age group is critical since young workers have higher than average incidence of workplace accidents and fatalities. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics:
  • Every 2 minutes one youth is injured in the workplace
  • Every 7 minutes one youth is hospitalized
  • Every 5 days one youth is killed in the workplace
In 2011, CareerSafe® trained over 35,000 individuals on the OSHA 10-hour General Industry and Construction Industry standards. Through CareerSafe®, we are making a difference in reducing the incident rates of young workers injuries and fatalities. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the CareerSafe® National Youth Safety Initiative. More information on the OSHA announcement can be found at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=21636.


About CareerSafe®

The goal of CareerSafe® program is to teach younger workers how to StaySafe in the workplace and to prepare them for a safe and prosperous future in their chosen career. By providing entry-level workers, particularly high school and college students, with fundamental safety knowledge needed in the workplace, this program brings the significance of safety to the forefront. It is an interactive, Y2Y(Youth to Youth) online program that addresses the high-priority safety training needs of young workers. More information can be found on our website at www.careersafeonline.com.

Friday, May 27, 2011

CareerSafe® Online to Develop National Young Worker Safety Day Campaign



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College Station, Texas, May 24, 2011—CareerSafe Online Program Manager Andrea Foster Mack announced today the development of the National Young Worker Safety Day Campaign. The campaign is targeted at making a significant and critical impact on decreasing the number of young worker injuries and fatalities in the United States. Every two (2) minutes one young worker is injured in the workplace. Every seven (7) minutes one young worker is hospitalized because of a workplace injury. Every five (5) days one young worker is killed in the workplace. These staggering statics apply to 80% of all students before they graduate from high school.


The National Young Worker Safety Day Campaign kicks off Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the SkillsUSA® National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo (http://www.skillsusa.org/events/nlsc.shtml). The SkillsUSA conference will host over 5,600 high school and college students from across the country who will have the opportunity to join the campaign, sign safety awareness pledges, participate in safety awareness activities, and receive awareness materials to help keep safety at the forefront of their minds both in and outside of their work environment.


About CareerSafe Online
The goal of the CareerSafe® Online program is to teach younger workers how to stay safe in the workplace and to prepare them for a safe and prosperous future in their chosen career. By providing entry-level workers, particularly high school and college students, with fundamental safety knowledge needed in the workplace, this program brings the significance of safety to the forefront. It is an interactive, Y2Y™ (Youth To Youth) online program that addresses the high-priority safety training needs of young workers. It is envisioned that by the end of 2012, 1 million students will have received CareerSafe Online safety training.


CONTACT:
Andrea Foster Mack
CareerSafe® Online®
979-260-0030
afoster@careersafeonline.com
http://www.careersafeonline.com/ 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CareerSafe Youth Workplace Safety Video Contest

CareerSafe, The National Youth Safety Initiative, is proud to have sponsored the 2010-2011 National Youth Safety Video Contest. This contest is aimed at helping to create awareness for young worker safety and health.  We are excited that we received over 20 entries from across the country depicting the importance of youth safety in the workplace.  With the assistance from our judges at CareerSafe, National SkillsUSA, and Federal OSHA, we are proud to announce we have selected the three winning entries for the National Youth Safety Video Contest.  We have notified these participants that they are contest finalists.  We will be announcing the scholarship winners on June 22, 2011, at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  We will also post the winners and their videos on our website shortly after the conference. 

We would like to extend a thank you to all who submitted a video, and helped educate your classmates, schools, and your community on how youth can StartSafe and StaySafe in the workplace.   We feel that our national campaign for young worker safety is off to an amazing start.

Monday, April 11, 2011

CareerSafe® Online and NOCTI® Partner to Promote Safety in the Workplace

Big Rapids, Michigan — NOCTI announced their partnership with CareerSafe Online today. Both NOCTI and CareerSafe recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces, as such, this partnership is meant to raise the awareness of safety by offering students the opportunity to earn their OSHA 10-hour card. 

NOCTI’s goal is to provide career and technical community with the tools to continually improve their programs, instruction, and student competence. They provide professional development, accountability reports, and quality assessment products for the programs they serve.  CareerSafe seeks to provide teens with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to workplace hazards.  The CareerSafe Online program complements the wide variety of Technical Skill Assessments offered by NOCTI.

About NOCTI

NOCTI provides curricular and instructional improvement tools for secondary and postsecondary institutions. In addition to over 75 standardized assessments, NOCTI also works with customers to create customized solutions. Services include job and task analysis, assessment construction, assessment delivery, score reporting, score interpretation and professional development workshops. The Whitener Group, a subsidiary of NOCTI, addresses the needs of business/industry by offering customized solutions to enhance workplace productivity.

For more information about ordering the CareerSafe Online program through NOCTI, contact Mandy McCall at 800-334-6283 x252 or mandy.mccall@nocti.org.

About CareerSafe Online

The goal of the CareerSafe® Online program is to teach younger workers how to stay safe in the workplace and to prepare them for a safe and prosperous future in their chosen career. By providing entry-level workers, particularly high school and college students, with fundamental safety knowledge needed in the workplace, this program brings the significance of safety to the forefront. It is an interactive, Y2Y™ (Youth To Youth) online program that addresses the high-priority safety training needs of young workers. It is envisioned that by the end of 2012, 1 million students will have received CareerSafe Online safety training.

For more information about CareerSafe Online, contact Andrea Foster Mack, 888-614-SAFE (7233), afoster@careersafeonline.com, www.careersafeonline.com

Friday, March 25, 2011

We are glad to have a former CareerSafe student join our support staff!

CareerSafe is very excited to have a new team member, Jose, join our support staff.  We were very excited to learn that he took our course in high school.  Check out what he had to say:

"As a student I was fortunate enough to have my high school offer me CareerSafe. CareerSafe helped me recognize hazards in and out of the workplace. I learned proper procedures and facts about how to deal with real world scenarios. I am currently studying Technology Management at Texas A&M University. I feel that CareerSafe has given me a solid foundation to grow my career on. Being part of the CareerSafe support team gives me great satisfaction that I am helping others like myself. I am very grateful that I am a part of CareerSafe."