Alaska Rescue - Training for Swiftwater Rescue, Rope Rescue, Ice Rescue , Industrial Rope Rescue, Motorized and Non-Motorized Boat Training, OSHA, NIMS and/or NFPA Compliant . US Coast Guard approved 100 Ton & OUPV (Captain's or 6 pack license) and Restricted OUPV on the Freshwater and Rivers of Western Alaska
 
 
OSHA Worker On /Over Water Safety Courses
 
OSHA is responsible for establishing and assuring safe and healthful working conditions. In addition to the skills and training to actually perform their jobs, team safety and efficiency requires each employee on the job site working around or in the marine environment, to be trained to a standard to accomplish the operation safely.

The knowledge, skill and experience of each employee involved in identifying potential hazards is essential to any system of risk management. Any unidentified hazard cannot be eliminated, compensated for or risk managed and all employees are required to be trained, with verifiable certification to the highest level of responsibility they are expected to participate in, prior to going to work on, over or adjacent the water. If any member of a work crew does not have the knowledge, skill or experience to recognize the hazards, everyone involved is at risk.

The type of training depends on a number of factors, such as how close they will be to the water and what role they will have on the job site. Employees working closest to the water or around, on or over more technical water need more training, and the necessary training should be planned in consideration of the least experienced employee.

Alaska Rescue has designed a modular OSHA health and safety training curriculum designed to provide and deliver the knowledge and skills to employees to improve employee safety and health to the range of workers affected by the 1926.106 standard. Employees must retain copies of their original certification as proof of training. The Alaska Rescue modular curriculum not only meets and exceeds OSHA requirements to ensure employees are properly trained, it also provides both the employee and the employer with verifiable certification to employers that employees are properly trained and protected. The certification expires 2 years from the completion date of the course. Refresher training and verifiable certification are available.

To use the Alaska Rescue modular curriculum effectively, the employer needs to know the duties the employee is expected to perform and the exposure conditions under which you would allow them to work. The workers should then be trained to the highest level of skill, responsibility, and exposure that you will assign them.


Introduction to OSHA Worker On/Over Water (OWOW) 8 Hours

The OSHA Worker On/Over Water Safety course is directed toward meeting the industrial requirement of 29 CFR 1926.106 (d) for safety and survival training for employees assigned to working on or over water environments.
 
The 8 hour course is a prerequisite for the Safety Boat Operator per OSHA 29 CFR 1926.106 (d) requirement that “at least one lifesaving skiff shall be immediately available at locations where employees are working over or adjacent to water.”
This safety program addresses the specific problems encountered when working on or over water environments, and there are no prerequisites for this course.

 

The OSHA Worker On/Over Water Safety course addresses the OSHA 1926.106 requirement for a "Competent Person,” defined as an employee who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or work conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective actions to eliminate them.

The course is targeted to and has been delivered to government agencies, both full-time and seasonal staff working on or around the water, and municipal, private, and public utility industrial facilities (Public Utility Districts {PUD’s}, oil spill response, oil platforms, etc.). If you are working on or over water or have employees working on, over or around water, this safety training is targeted to improving your health and safety program at the project site.

No Prerequisites
Student Requirements: Fitness to Participate. Students should bring an extra change of clothes and a towel for the pool/lake training. Personal survival equipment is encouraged.


Course Objectives:

1)  Understand and identify existing and predictable hazards of the marine environment and threats to worker safety.
2)  Practice safety and survival techniques and methods to reduce drowning and exposure.
3)  Understand Personal Flotation Devices required when working on or over water, where they are required, their proper donning and use and how they perform.
4) Gain experience and decrease students anxiety during real emergencies by participating in realistic simulations of water emergencies. 5)  Practice the use of personal protective equipment and self rescue/survival swimming in-water techniques.
6)  Know the function and use of pre-positioned marine life-support equipment.

 

Curriculum Overview:
 A technical knowledge pre-test will be administered in the class, and may be kept as a study guide.  A performance based skill sheet is provided and filled out.
 
The course involves classroom and hands-on training for skill development. 
     4-5 hours classroom and lab training
     3.5 hours Pool or Lake training
 
On successful completion of the performance based skill sheet, students will receive (1) a certificate of training and (2) a copy of their skill sheet for their training folder.

 
Program information:
This course is OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and NIMS compliant.
 
Class Size: 12 students:1 instructor ratio   (24 Maximum class)
 
Location:  Your facility or other arrangements as determined on a custom basis.
 
Cost: Call for a detailed proposal on costs. 
 
Class Date: TBA
Classes will normally begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. unless other scheduling arrangements (shift change, etc.) are pre-arranged.  The training may be provided over a period of sessions as necessary to meet course requirements.
 

Advanced Worker over Water Safety (AOWOW) - 16-hours

This 16-hour course is directed toward meeting the industrial requirement for employer safety and survival training for employees assigned to working on, over or around high-risk water environments where a fall into the more challenging water requires more training. This program addresses the specific problems, and incorporates an in-water training component on Day 2 to provide the skills and experience to self-rescue in more challenging water conditions and to better assist in your own recovery when approached by a lifesaving skiff.

A technical knowledge pre-test will be administered in the class, and may be kept as a study guide. A performance based skill sheet is provided and filled out. On successful completion of the performance based skill sheet, students will receive (1) a certificate of training and (2) a copy of their skill sheet for their training folder.

Program information:
This course is OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and NIMS compliant.
 
Class Size: 12 students:1 instructor ratio   (24 Maximum class)
 
Location:  Your facility or other arrangements as determined on a custom basis.
 
Cost: Call for a detailed proposal on costs. 
 
Class Date: TBA
Classes will normally begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. unless other scheduling arrangements (shift change, etc.) are pre-arranged.  The training may be provided over a period of sessions as necessary to meet course requirements.

OSHA Safety Boat Operator - (OSBO) - 8 to 16 Hours


The OSHA Safety Boat Operator course is directed toward meeting the industrial requirement of 29 CFR 1926.106 (d) for emergency responder boat operators to meet the requirements of OSHA 1926.106(d) requiring employers to provide a trained, competent, properly equipped rescue team to be immediately available for response anytime people are working over or near water, and to provide at least one lifesaving skiff to be immediately available at locations where employees are working over or adjacent to water, as well as in permit-required confined spaces.

 

Prerequisite: The 8 hour OSHA Worker on/over Water course is a prerequisite for the Safety Boat Operator course.  The prerequisite 8 hour training may be satisfied prior to the Safety Boat Operator component or may be delivered as an addition to the training requirements for the Boat Operator component.
Course Objectives:The OSHA Safety Boat Operator course addresses the OSHA requirement for a “Competent Person”, defined as an employee who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or work conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective actions to eliminate them.
The definition of a lifesaving skiff required by OSHA 1926.106 is not defined. OSHA’s normal procedure is to determine if the item being used could perform the required function safely.
The OSHA Safety Boat Operator is delivered in either an 8 hour or a 16 hour format, depending on the predictable hazards determined by the risk matrix.  In general, the 8 hour course addresses the hazards and skills necessary for Boat Operators assigned to protecting operations taking place on non-moving water bodies and the 16 hour format builds on the non-moving water skills plus the skills necessary to safely protect workers operating in moving and/or more technical conditions.
 
Professional training is available in either motorized or non-motorized water craft if the operating conditions are such that a motorized boat cannot safely operate in the identified zones.

Curriculum Overview:
The curriculum includes terminology and nomenclature, boat and equipment familiarization, rescue techniques and team coordination and crew briefing, and risk management in all Search and Rescue (SAR) phases and considerations required to provide a sound foundation for on-water skills.
Day 1 will be a mix of classroom training and hands-on dry-land skills designed to provide the essential knowledge and hands-on skills to meet and exceed the requirements of the OSHA standard.
Risk management is not presented in the course as a single, separate consideration.

Students will receive a course manual. In addition to the manual, a technical knowledge pre-test will be administered in the class, and may also be kept as a study guide. A performance based skill sheet for the course is provided and filled out.

Day 2 and 3:
Days 2 and 3 are boat-based, hands-on training and skill development through a progression of skills to develop the experience to recognize hazards, safely and effectively negotiate those hazards or skillfully avoid them in order to perform the task of rescuing an employee from the water safely. Our training is very hands-on and water intensive so bring your dry suit or wet

 
The hands-on safety boat based training is designed to develop a high degree of proficiency to be considered in compliance with the 1926.106 standard that an employer must have a lifesaving skiff with a trained, qualified team available that could, at the minimum, retrieve an employee from the water no more than three (3) to four (4) minutes from the time they entered the water.  
 
On successful completion of the performance based skill sheet, students will receive (1) a certificate of training and (2) a copy of their skill sheet for their training folder.
 
Program information:
 The course is OSHA, and ANSI, NFPA, and NIMS compliant.
 
Class Size: 6 students: 1 instructor ratio   (12 Maximum class and 2 boats) {additional boats and instructors can be arranged on a custom basis}
 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of OWOW or Advanced OWOW course
Student Requirements: Fitness to Participate, Students should bring appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for the hands-on  training in the boats.
 
Location:  Your facility or other arrangements as determined on a custom basis.
 
Cost: Call for a detailed proposal on costs.  (We can provide either motorized or non-motorized craft or can train on your equipment at your site)
 
Class Date: Please refer to Calendar of Courses

Classes will normally begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. unless other scheduling arrangements (shift change, etc.) are pre-arranged.  The training may be provided over a period of sessions as necessary to meet course requirements.


Additional Information:
If your facility out sources these services to offsite rescue teams, contact Alaska Rescue for information in providing these services or updated training to the off site facility.  All of our staff are experienced rescue team members, trained and certified Rescue Boat Operators in both motorized and non-motorized rescue craft, Swiftwater Rescue Technicians, Technical Rope Rescue technicians and first aid and CPR certified.
 
In addition to the preceding, an employer is required to comply with all other applicable standards including, but not limited to, the requirements that an injured employee be treated by medical personnel or an employee certified in first aid within three (3) to four (4) minutes from the time the injury occurred. This could mean that first aid treatment would have to begin in the lifesaving skiff.  Contact Alaska Rescue if we can help provide your staff with first aid training and certification, whether on water or land operations. 
 
Our curriculum is recognized nationally and can be custom tailored to your specific requirements and delivered nationwide.