The Maine Department of Labor will offer SafetyWorks! courses to help prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths and reduce related costs. Safety and health consultations and trainings are available at no charge and are confidential — personnel do not issue fines or citations. All courses are given at SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, unless otherwise noted. Scheduled trainings include:

• OSHA Recordkeeping — Friday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bangor Career Center, 45 Oak Street. A comprehensive training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. Participants will learn OSHA rules regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses, including COVID-19 recordability guidance, and how to correctly fill out required injury-reporting forms.

• Forklift Operator Safety — Monday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Designed for new operators. Training will include performing a forklift inspection and using a forklift simulator. Does not meet requirements for becoming a “qualified operator” — only employers can provide such certification.

• Public Sector Compliance — Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Bangor Career Center, 45 Oak Street; and Monday, May 17, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at SafetyWorks! Training Institute in Augusta. For state, county, municipal, and quasi-municipal employers, managers, and employees. Provides an overview of public-sector employer responsibilities including injury/fatality reporting, written programs, training, equipment/facility inspections, and recordkeeping. Introduces SafetyWorks! assistance including training and no-cost safety and health consultation programs for employers.

• Noise/Hearing Protection — Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will learn about the anatomy of the ear, the physics of sound, the effectiveness of hearing protectors and how to show workers how they can protect themselves against hearing loss from noise exposure on and off the job.

• Wage and Hour Compliance Assistance — Wednesday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers or payroll supervisors. Covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave and domestic violence) and break requirements. Addresses commonly asked labor-related questions.

• Mine Safety and Health Administration: New Miner — Friday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Provides eight hours of classroom training under Part 46 training requirements per the Mine Safety and Health Administration for all new miners. This is only a portion of the new miner training requirements; the balance of the training must be completed by the employer.

• Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance — Monday, May 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Provides both classroom and hands-on training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jack stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training, and documentation required by various inspecting agencies.

• Recommended Practices for Managing Safety and Health Programs — Tuesday, May 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Will help program administrators for respiratory protection programs understand and comply with the standard, determine respiratory hazards, and select the appropriate respirators for the workplace.

To register, phone (877) 723-3345 or visit safetyworksmaine.gov.