Military and USG Construction - the Differences Between OSHA and EM-385


Instructor: John J Meola
Product ID: 705507

  • Duration: 60 Min
This webinar will discuss the major differences and distinctions between the USACE EM 385 and OSHA and how you can interpret and navigate both systems to assure a successful and accident free job.
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Why Should You Attend:

The US military has remained one of the greatest sources of construction spending on infrastructure since WWII. This is because the branches of the military do not build things themselves; they need the civilian construction community to do it.

The level of construction during the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program alone has resulted in tens of billions of construction spending and the new political regime has indicated this spending will grow exponentially.

The USG military does not hew to OSHA, which is primarily intended for the private civilian workforce. When you go to work on a military or USG installation, you are playing by a similar yet different set of rules. While many of the rules look like OSHA rules, there are some subtle differences that can cause headaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to avoid the most common mistakes when writing an Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) which is the military equivalent of a JHA
  • Learn the difference between the USACE rule making process and OSHA
  • Learn other specific EM 385 safety requirements such as for crane and rigging, trench and excavation;

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Key differences between EM-385 and OSHA
  • Most common errors made by contractors on a job site
  • How to properly complete a AHA- PHA and other key documents
  • Why you need to adopt the Best Practices from OSHA and EM 385
  • Sources of help to get you up the speed
  • Handy electronic apps to minimize paper pushing on the job site
  • Vocabulary unique to EM 385; key terms and definitions
  • Inspection authority and enforcement provisions

Who Will Benefit:

  • Construction companies, managers, project engineers and managers; supervisors and superintendents
  • Contractors and sub-contractors , specialty trade contractors
  • Maintenance and repair contractors
  • Infrastructure construction, Water, waste water and process treatment contractors
  • Suppliers, vendors, PPE sales, Fall protection sales and suppliers
  • Safety Inspectors and surveyors
  • Managers, supervisors, superintendents
  • Crane & rigging contactors
  • Excavation and trench contractors
  • NAVFAC – Naval Facilities and Engineering Command personnel
  • OSHA Inspectors and Managers
Instructor Profile:
John J. Meola

John J. Meola
Safety Director, Pillar, Inc.

John J. Meola, CSP, ARM is the Safety Director for Pillar, Inc. based in Richmond, VA.

He is also an Instructor at the VA Commonwealth University, School of Business, Risk Management and Insurance Department and an OSHA 500 Community Outreach Construction Safety Trainer. He has authored two safety handbooks and contributes numerous technical safety articles for trade industry publications.

Mr. Meola is also an Executive Officer with the Colonial VA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a Past-President of this Chapter. He works closely with clients from private industry to develop and manage employee safety and health issues across a wide range of businesses.

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