Written by: Darcy Cook, Safety Trainers
OSHA, DOT, NFPA, ISO, FDA, NIOSH, ANSI, and EPA just to name a few. Who regulates you? Who has the authority? Where do you begin? And, why do all the agencies have a different interpretation of the regulations?
OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and you can find their standards for general industry online at OSHA.gov or in the 29 CFR 1910 General Industry Standards Book. Their mission is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
The sheer size and weight of the 29 CFR 1910 OSHA General Industries Standard Book of regulations can be overwhelming. So, let us recommend a better way for you to get started building your safety program. Take a look at the OSHA’s Small Business Handbook. This handbook will get you started on what regulations apply to almost every industry and provide the template for a health and safety management system.
Being responsible for your company’s health and safety management system, policies, procedures, programs, testing, equipment and training, is a full-time job. We can help save you time.
The OSHA’s Small Business Handbook is a free resource that will teach you;
- How to start your four point health and safety management system
- Over 40 self-inspection checklists for general industry
- How to determine what standards apply to you
- Appendix: Action Plan Worksheet
- Appendix: Model Policy Statement from OSHA
- Appendix: Code of Safe Practices
Still need more help? Attend one of our upcoming safety training series. We will;
- Help you create a specific list to get your safety program moving in the right direction
- Provide you with a list of 29 CFR 1910 General Industry Standards that apply to your business
- Tips on effective training (not boring) and recommendations for employee engagement
- Provide you forms, templates and resources that you can use to meet your compliance needs
- Leave confident and ready to begin your new role as your company’s “competent person”
The OSHA Small Business Handbook is just one of the resources that we will use in creating your action plan to creating, editing or changing your safety and health program in our safety training series.
November 5, 2018 – Worcester, MA – MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has announced the promotion of Kathie Mahoney to MassMEP Center Director. In this new position, Ms. Mahoney is responsible for leading and developing a team of professional consultants who create economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises through operational excellence, workforce development strategies, and innovative growth initiatives. In the past year alone, her team’s work with manufacturers produced a $69.6 million increase in new sales and added 843 new jobs.
As MassMEP Center Director, Ms. Mahoney guides the organization and works closely with the President and its Board of Directors to realize the Center’s goals. Over the course of 20 years, she has built the MassMEP brand to be a recognized and trusted advisor to manufacturers. She possesses a detailed knowledge of manufacturing and has an extensive background in grant management, financial oversight, marketing management, and leadership. Ms. Mahoney holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Assumption College and a Master’s of Science in Professional Communication from Clark University. She is also a Graduate of the NIST Emerging Leaders Program.
“MassMEP has a huge impact on the manufacturing ecosystem and I look forward to continuing the impressive growth and impact of the organization,” said Mahoney. “I believe the impact of MassMEP on its clients through top-line and bottom line results is a powerful driver of continuous improvement within the Massachusetts manufacturing ecosystem.”
John Killam, President of MassMEP stated, “We are very excited to have Kathie take on the role of Center Director for MassMEP. She brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, leadership, and understanding of the challenges of manufacturing in Massachusetts. Her operational skill will help us continue to expand MassMEP and the work it does to strengthen Massachusetts manufacturers.”
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the NIST MEP National Network, is a leading resource for manufacturing companies that believes in cultivating a community built on support, idea sharing, and achievement. MassMEP creates economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises and the manufacturing ecosystem. This is achieved through the delivery of operational excellence programs, workforce development strategies, and innovative growth initiatives, and enhanced by strategic public/private relationships. For more information, visit
Worcester, MA – MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has announced that Karen Carswell has joined the organization as a Project Manager for the Western Region of Massachusetts. Ms. Carswell comes to MassMEP from Qnect where she served as a Marketing and Business Development Consultant; her work focused on lean methodologies and customer testimonials for validated learning. At MassMEP, she is responsible for developing manufacturing companies within the Western Region, which encompasses Hampden County, Franklin County, Hampshire County, Berkshire County, and parts of Worcester County.
Ms. Carswell brings to MassMEP clients a diverse range of experience, which includes lean methodologies, process improvement, and market research for business growth. She states, “I’m excited for the opportunity to be a member of the MassMEP team. I love being part of an organization that collaborates with businesses to achieve profitable growth. Helping manufacturing companies be sustainable during rapid technological innovation and increased competition is extremely rewarding. I’m inspired working side by side with executives and front-line workers as our team helps them achieve their goals. Every day we have the opportunity to develop people, reduce waste, and create value for our clients and their customers – and the passion for manufacturing is contagious among our team.”
“MassMEP is excited to have Ms. Carswell join the MassMEP team,” said John Killam, President of MassMEP. “Manufacturing in Massachusetts is prime for growth opportunities and Karen’s expertise can provide tremendous value to her clients.”
Most recently, Ms. Carswell received her Masters of Business Administration from UMass Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. It was there that she met Dr. Alan Robinson, who specializes in managing high-performing organizations, and her life changed for the better. “I want to do what you do,” Carswell said to Dr. Robinson. Carswell then immersed herself in Lean thinking and its application across industries. She has worked with LEI Cambridge and with the Continuous Improvement team at Cooley Dickinson, and has completed her Six Sigma yellow belt.
For more information please contact:
Kathie Mahoney, email@example.com
© 2018, MassMEP, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium to Feature
Emerging Technologies from Manufacturing USA Institutes
Worcester, MA – MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is pleased to announce The Future of Manufacturing Symposium, the first regional event that showcases the emerging technologies being developed by the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Manufacturing USA is a network of 14 research institutes in the U.S. focused on developing specialized advanced manufacturing technologies. The Symposium is designed for manufacturing executives, R&D managers, and educators who are looking to create new opportunities based on new technologies in such areas as robotics, photonics, biofabrication, cybersecurity, and more. The Symposium will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:00am to 1:30pm at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium will start with an address by MassMEP President and CEO John Killam. Confirmed keynote speakers include:
• Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. The Lt. Governor has traveled extensively across the state, working with people on issues related to living and working. She is also co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, where she works hard to ensure that all students have access to comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and are inspired and prepared for careers in STEM fields.
• Tracy Frost, Director of DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech). ManTech is the Defense Department’s investment mechanism for staying at the forefront of defense-essential manufacturing capability. Frost also leads the DoD’s Manufacturing USA Institutes.
• Dean Kaman, inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of FIRST. Kamen serves as Executive Director the ARMI | BioFab USA Manufacturing USA institute and is President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation.
• U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta. Secretary Acosta was named to the list of 100 most influential individuals in business ethics in 2008 and has served in three presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions.
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium will also include special workshops featuring panel discussions by program managers from the Institutes. Topics include: exploring the future manufacturing needs of emerging technologies; repurposing existing technologies to advance the mission of the Manufacturing USA Institutes; preparing for the future of manufacturing: collaboration, workforce development, and new technologies; as well as cybersecurity and protecting today’s manufacturing organization.
Breakout sessions will provide a more in-depth look at the following Manufacturing USA Institutes:
Advanced Fabrics and Textiles (AFFOA)
Integrated Photonics (PHOTONICS)
Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Flexible Hybrid Electronics (NEXTFLEX)
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing (NIIMBL)
A detailed list of speakers and biographies can be found at http://www.massmanufacturingsymposium.org/speakers.html
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.massmanufacturingsymposium.org/index.html
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium is held in coordination with the WPI/QCC Integrated Photonics Symposium, hosted by WPI on October 3, 2018. For more information, see https://www.wpi.edu/news/calendar/events/inaugural-wpiqcc-integrated-photonics-symposium
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the NIST MEP National Network, is a leading resource for manufacturing companies that believes in cultivating a community built on support, idea sharing, and achievement. MassMEP creates economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises and the manufacturing ecosystem. This is achieved through the delivery of operational excellence programs, workforce development strategies, and innovative growth initiatives, and enhanced by strategic public/private relationships. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.
About Manufacturing USA Institutes
Launched in 2012, Manufacturing USA (formerly the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, NNMI) is a network of 14 research institutes in the United States. Each institute is focused on developing specialized advanced manufacturing technology. Within each institute, manufacturers of all sizes partner with academia and government to share manufacturing technology and workforce challenges, and to build a robust R&D infrastructure. The Manufacturing USA network is operated by the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which is headquartered in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more, visit http://www.manufacturingusa.com
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For Immediate Review Effective July 1, 2018
Requirements for welding, cutting and hot work permits have changed for manufacturing.
As a result of the tragic fire on March 26, 2014, where two Boston firefighters were killed from a fire that started by unpermitted and improper welding activity, all employees performing hot work must be trained by a Massachusetts state approved training program.
You need to review the definitions and terminology around this new requirement and make sure your current hot work permitting process is also up to code. Your local fire departments willnow be responsible for issuing permits to do hot work on a daily basis. There are some exemptions, but you need to prove exemptions and work with your local fire departments.
Let’s start with the simple definition of hot work.
Hot work is any work process that involves heat, spark, or flame that is capable of starting fires or explosions. Examples include, but are not limited to, welding, cutting, grinding, soldering,heat treating, hot riveting, torch applied roofing, abrasive blasting, and powder driven fasteners.
Does your current hot work internal permitting process include any of the following;
- A licensed professional in specialized code (ex: licensed plumbers, electricians, sheetmetal workers. Etc.)
- Working in a designed area that has been pre-approved by the fire or building officials.
- A minimum of a 30-minute fire watch after completion
- An annual permit from the fire department
- A permit authorized individual (PAI) who is also “qualified”
- Does your hot work permit include work location, type of hot work, the work to be done, the operator, duration, equipment, and controls to ensure safety?
- A clear definition of permitted vs. designated area
You should be reviewing your current hot work permitting process today. Make sure that you are up to date with the new hot work permitting requirements. Even if you said yes to all of theabove, you are still out of compliance, if your employees do not have a certificate from one of the two approved training programs. This training program, currently, cannot be done in-house.
Who must complete a training program?
A qualified person must provide documentation that he or she has successfully completed an approved training program in order to serve in any of these capacities:
- Anyone who performs hot work.
- Anyone who serves as a “Permit Authorizing Individual” (PAI) to perform, supervise or delegate hot work;
- Anyone who performs as a fire watch except fire department fire details.
- Anyone who needs a permit from the local fire department to conduct such work.
Approved Training Programs
The following training programs have been approved by the State Fire Marshal:
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – Hot Works Safety Certificate 1-Day Program
Gould Construction Institute Hot Works Training
Fire Safety Requirements in Massachusetts PDF download
Frequently asked Questions
By John Killam, President, MassMEP
Mark your calendar for two special events:
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, MassMEP will bring the latest manufacturing news and experts to Worcester to showcase the Manufacturing USA Institute’s technologies and show you the ins/outs of the future at The Future of Manufacturing Symposium.
We know that technology changes rapidly and you may not always have access to the latest information. We hope you already realize that MassMEP can help improve your employees’ skills and increase top and bottom line revenues for your business through our Workforce Strategies, and Growth Services. Now MassMEP can be your connection to the Manufacturing USA Institutes.
We want your business to succeed into today’s fast-changing manufacturing world. We are proud to present The Future of Manufacturing Symposium, the first regional event showcasing emerging technologies developed by the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Join us and discover the future technologies opportunities for U.S. businesses and education institutions.
Join manufacturing executives, researchers, developers, and educators as we explore relevant, timely topics affecting manufacturing in Massachusetts and across the globe.
Featured Speakers include:
- The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
- Dean Kamen – Keynote Presentation – Founder, FIRST; President, DEKA Research & Development Co
Here is the full list of Speakers and Panel Topics
Panel discussions will focus on:
- Exploring the future manufacturing needs of emerging technologies
- Repurposing existing technologies to advance the mission of the Manufacturing USA Institutes
- Preparing for the future of manufacturing: Collaboration, Workforce Development, and New Technologies
- Cybersecurity and protecting your company
Additional topics covered include:
- Advanced Fabrics and Textiles
- Integrated Photonics
- Robotics for Manufacturing
- Flexible Hybrid Electronics
- Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
- Cybersecurity Regulations
Space is limited—don’t delay! Register today.
Have questions? Contact Tricia Raynard at (617) 912-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also mark your calendar for this Manufacturing USA Institute event:
Inaugural WPI/QCC Integrated Photonics Symposium
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
9am-5pm, Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
This will be an exclusive planning session for the WPI/QCC AIM Photonics LEAP facility with education, industry, and government representatives. Explore ways to facilitate SME’s engagement with the integrated photonics supply chain in New England area. Register today.
Does your company have a technical skills gap?
Have you been considering ways to get training for your workforce and have thought that your company was too small?
Have you looked for ways to fund training, discovered the Workforce Training Fund and then decided you didn’t have the resources to write the grant and do all the grant administration work?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, consortium training could be the answer. Workforce Training Consortium is an opportunity for your employees to attend our training workshops AND it does not require you to write the grant application or perform grant administration work.
How does it work?
For starters, MassMEP seeks companies that are looking for solutions to the opening questions that are within the same region. Once the companies are identified, minor up front planning takes place. Participating companies meet to select the training and workshops of greatest interest in advance. The courses are separated into three different categories: Operational Excellence, Workforce Strategies and Innovative Growth Solutions. Since MassMEP provides the shared training, we develop a consolidated grant and submit it to the Workforce Training Fund on the behalf of the participating companies.
Upon grant approval, course scheduling commences. Training is held at a location within your region making it easy for participants to get to. Depending on the number of consortia members and the grant specifications, training may be held at participating companies. Training will be conducted over a one to two year timeframe, again depending on what was laid out in the grant. MassMEP handles the ongoing grant administration responsibilities.
How much does it cost to join the consortium?
This training is paid for by the Workforce Training Fund, so organizations that contribute to the Workforce Training Fund are eligible to take part in WTFP grant programs. All for-profit companies in Massachusetts contribute as do some non-profits. The company’s investment is that grant funds must be matched dollar for dollar. The match is usually achieved by utilizing training-related costs such as wages and fringe of employees during training hours.
MassMEP and the participating companies have been very successful with this convenient and effective model. Consortia companies have reported the following results: improved lead time, reduced cycle time, improvement in on-time delivery, improved productivity, reduced inventory, increased first-pass yield, increased sales, labor cost savings and more.
How do I get started?
Contact Lisa Derby Oden today at email@example.com
Also visit Commonwealth Corporation at www.WorkforceTrainingFund.org
In response to the DFARS mandate, Silverside Detectors successfully addressed NIST SP 800-171 requirements through the CyberSaint and MassMEP Program.
“MassMEP and CyberSaint came alongside our team, guiding them through the compliance standards and leading us to a level of preparedness matching our commitment to excellence.” said Sarah Haig, COO of Silverside Detectors
Based just outside of the Boston area in Cambridge, MA, Silverside’s team is fundamentally shifting the global security landscape. Silverside Detectors is committed to reducing the global threat of nuclear terrorism. The company’s neutron detection technology enables governments to deploy networks of detectors at nuclear material storage sites, in transit routes, and throughout cities. With a growing team made up of researchers, technicians, and engineers, Silverside is bringing their lithium thermal neutron detector to market and has had great success and traction especially in recent months.
Silverside’s customer base includes offices within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and therefore the team knew that cybersecurity best practices and compliance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, per NIST Special Publication 800-171, was a priority.
The new 800-171 controls, required by DoD, went into effect on December 31, 2017. The requirement applies to all DoD primary contractors and sub-contractors in the DoD Supply Chain for the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
It was apparent that Silverside’s needs went well beyond responding to customer questionnaires, and that real action to identify gaps and remediate was necessary. The team was also made aware that having a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM) was critical to proving adherence and adequate security in accordance with Department of Defense supply chain needs. Silverside would need to manage its own compliance with the 800-171 regulations in order to prepare to scale business through and beyond 2018, and have a cost-effective cybersecurity program that will mature in parallel with the company.
Silverside Detectors needed a plan of how to approach DFARS compliance and a solution that could be put in place quickly and easily to help with the DFARS assessment, without stalling other company initiatives. Silverside’s team also realized that they would need to self-manage their regulatory requirements beyond 2018 in order to stay competitive as their operation scales.
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) organized a program that leverages various funding options to subsidize consulting engagements paired with the CyberStrong Platform from CyberSaint Security. This program enables state or local manufacturers and DoD suppliers with rapid DFARS cybersecurity conformance.
“We are pleased to partner with CyberSaint to provide our client Silverside Detectors a solution to their Cybersecurity compliance requirement. CyberSaint provided a robust and comprehensive report out and roadmap that helped Silverside Detectors navigate through the Defense Industry and Homeland Security requirement,”
Tom Andrellos, MassMEP’s Director of Growth Services.
The CyberStrong Platform is a breakthrough Integrated Risk Management and continuously active assessment platform that helps customers become quickly and easily compliant with regulations such as DFARS 800-171. The platform guides both Information Technology professionals and non-IT professionals through the assessment framework control by control and provides actionable insights on next steps to mitigate risk, making compliance with regulations and adherence to customer questionnaires accessible regardless of company resources.
“We are excited to make the CyberStrong Platform accessible to our local community through our partnership with the MassMEP. As a company founded upon making cyber best practices accessible, it’s rewarding to see local businesses and new startups alike benefit from adopting proactive security measures,”
George Wrenn, CyberSaint’s CEO and Founder.
CyberStrong walks the user through the DFARS assessment (either the NIST SP 800-171 controls or the Handbook (HB)162 control set) and provides gap analysis and recommendations on which controls should be implemented to increase the overall compliance score while lowering risk in key areas.
Silverside asked MassMEP to participate in the DFARS cybersecurity program, which included key CyberSaint stakeholders identifying Silverside’s Target of Evaluation, qualifying what was and was not considered Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), walking through the technology architecture and explaining the best plan of action on how to close key DFARS compliance gaps. In just three sessions, the CyberSaint team used the CyberStrong Platform to expedite the conformance process and finished the engagement successfully, and much quicker than anticipated.
“The challenge of a startup is keeping pace with regulations without depleting company resources. MassMEP and CyberSaint came alongside our team, guiding them through the compliance standards and leading us to a level of preparedness matching our commitment to excellence. Without their expertise and support, we would not be where we are today,”
Sarah Haig, COO of Silverside Detectors.
Silverside presently manages the CyberStrong SaaS Platform on its own and has at its disposal priorities on how to remediate going forward through 2018. Thanks to CyberSaint and MassMEP’s DFARS cybersecurity program, Silverside Detectors successfully addressed the NIST SP 800-171 requirements and is empowered to proactively address cybersecurity measures as the company grows.
CyberSaint Security empowers organizations to implement automated, intelligent cybersecurity compliance and risk management that enables measurement, enhances communication and improves cybersecurity resiliency. The CyberSaint team’s intellectual DNA winds deeply through the academic, tech, and investment communities in Boston, the White House, RSA, IBM, EMC, MIT, Harvard, University of Cambridge, KPMG and others.
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the national NIST MEP system, is a leading resource for manufacturers. Committed to success in manufacturing, MassMEP transforms companies through solutions focused on innovative growth, operational excellence, and workforce development. The organization cultivates a sustainable community built on supportive relationships, idea sharing, achievement, and next-generation manufacturing. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.
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