College offers free workshops on OSHA standards

Housatonic Community College is offering a free program for businesses and organizations on federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for lockout/tag-out practices.

The session will take place Monday, June 24 in Room 134 in Beacon Hall at HCC’s downtown Bridgeport campus.

Another free program on July 1 is designed for the medical industry.

The June 24 program will cover the key features of the OSHA standards for lockout/tag-out practices. It will cover the procedures one must know, and how to train employees in the proper practices and procedures.

OSHA standards dictate that all equipment be locked against starting during maintenance and repair, that tags be affixed to the lock indicating the machine should not be turned on.

Machinery can be dangerous

Denise S. Bukova, HCC dean of community outreach, said this is one of several free OSHA workshops the state-supported, two-year college is offering as a public service.

“Many people have been maimed or killed as the result of machinery being accidentally started or powered up,” Bukova said.

The workshop will be conducted by Leona May, a compliance assistance specialist with Bridgeport’s OSHA office and a former HCC student.

Second workshop

The following Monday, July 1, in the same location, HCC will conduct a workshop on the OSHA standard for blood-borne pathogens for the medical industry.

The standard’s requirements indicate what employers must do to protect workers who are occupationally exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

To register for a workshop, contact Joseph Jenecaro at or 203-332-5964.