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2015 Webinars

SMI offers an array of educational programs and seminars for the advancement of the spring industry and its members.


Basics of Machine Guarding Registration Form

The focus of this webinar is to increase members’ knowledge and skill in machine hazard identification, discuss potential machine safeguarding techniques, and to highlight the benefits of engineering control of physical hazards. Participants can download handouts to use in basic machine assessments.  A list of more advanced resources will be provided in the bibliographic references.

DATE: Thursday September 24, 2015
TIME: 1pm to 2pm EST
COST: Free to SMI members
AVAILABILITY: On-Demand following original presentation
LEVEL: Basic

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Laura Helmrich-Rhodes, CSP, SMI Regulatory Compliance Consultant, will be teaching this class. She has taught machine guarding as a part of her teaching assignments at Indiana University of PA where she is an Associate Professor.  Dr. Rhodes is a Board Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice and has decades of industrial loss control experience.

NOTE: This information will be presented using Federal OSHA and consensus standards. State OSHA regulations will be similar but may be more stringent.  It is the employer’s responsibility to identify and select the safeguard necessary to protect employees and others in the work area, as well as provide appropriate training in safe work practices. Knowing when and how to properly safeguard machinery can reduce or eliminate the potential for accidents and injuries.


Helpful Hints for Handling an OSHA Inspection Registration Form

This webinar will give guidance on how to prepare for an OSHA inspection.  How inspections are generated and a likely scenario will be shared, along with guidance on how to improve your potential for positive outcomes. Participants will develop a list of materials to have on hand and begin to plan for a potential visit.  A list of sample clickable documents will be included in the bibliographic references.

DATE: Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
TIME: 1pm EST
COST:  Free to SMI member organizations
AVAILABILITY: On Demand following original event
LEVEL: Basic /Intermediate

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Laura Helmrich-Rhodes, CSP, SMI Regulatory Compliance Consultant, will be teaching this class. She has taught OSHA regulations for general industry and safety management techniques as a part of her teaching assignments at Indiana University of PA, where she is an associate professor.  Dr. Rhodes’ industrial experience was first in insurance loss control, and later with the PA/OSHA Consultation Program. She is a Board Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice.

NOTE: This information will be based on Federal OSHA regulations and professional experience. There is not warranty stated or implied in the content.  State OSHA regulatory will be similar but may include items not discussed.  It is the employer’s responsibility to identify and safeguard employees and others in the work area. This is not a substitute for a formal safety program at your facility. Organizing mandated programs, procedures, training records etc. is the sole responsibility of the company.


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