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Safety Training for Wildlife Control Operations

The occupational health and safety administration OSHA requires all employees in this country be properly trained in known work place health and safety hazards and properly trained in how to protect themselves from those known hazards
Companies with more than 10 employees are required to maintain records of that training and have reporting requirements
itís a federal law, called the Williams-Steiger occupational health and safety act of 1970

Many operators are doing the screening and repair work to properly exclude wildlife from structures and many also do the clean out of hazardous build up of droppings from bats, birds, raccoons and pigeons and many have also undertaken the entire attic restoration process of removing and replacing insulation infested with mice and or saturated with urine and feces from bats or flying squirrels

And lets not forget bird netting on large buildings

Anyone partaking in wildlife control understands that in order to be successful you must be able to climb ladders and rooftops, many critters are in attics and chimney voids and there is no other way to access them.

OSHAs duty to have fall protection clearly states any employee working at or over a height greater than 6 feet SHALL be trained in fall protection.

All of this places wildlife control operations under both OSHA general industry standards and construction industry standards which refer back and forth to each other on many regulations, some of the specific standards include;

general safety and health provisions
personal protective equipment
respiratory protection
ladders & stairways
fall protection
material handling
hazard communication

And in some cases scaffolding, first aid and even sanitation.

There is a whole list of airborne health hazards and diseases that a wildlife operator can be exposed to and the law says you must be made aware of them

A zoonotic disease is an infectious disease transmissible to humans. There are many types of diseases that can be contracted either directly or indirectly from wildlife. Our biggest threats are aerosolized contaminants that we breath in as dust and bites and scratches from known rabies vectors

LCM (Lymphocytic choriomeningitis) Hanta Virus, Brucellosis, Histoplasmosis even Tularemia (dont forget fall hazards and electrical hazards in attics and crawls)

And what is in the dirt you are crawling around in? the spores that lead to histoplasmosis and raccoon roundworm eggs are often found in soil under decks and porches and crawls of older homes that wildlife have been using as a latrine
not to mention old resilient pesticides may still may be residing in the soil of crawl spaces treated 20 years ago

Anyone who throws a ladder up for hire or is doing even some of these tasks should have at least a minimum of an approved ten hour OSHA safety course

As an authorized OSHA outreach instructor and the owner of a wildlife operation I have been working the past few years with the national wildlife control operators association NWCOA to put OSHA awareness up on every ones list, we have an OSHA awareness presentation which we have presented across the country and have produced safety training presentations for our annual wildlife control conference

Now I am pleased to announce that I will be working with MAPAC to bring you a ten hour OSHA safety course tailored specifically for wildlife control operations, this class would include a certificate of attendance (completion card) from the United States department of labor and industries
This course would immediately bring your company into compliance with OSHA training requirements and for those companies already facing issues this course would be applicable to abatement of violations for failing to have properly trained employees

The course would be taught on an annual basis and would have a minimum attendee requirement and have a fee attached
for more information Email your Public Relations and Safety Director

Mail me

Remember you have the right to a safe & healthful workplace

Itís the Law

For more information visit http://www.osha.gov or call 1-800-321-OSHA