For Immediate Release: January 20, 2021
Brookfield, Wis. – Failing an OSHA inspection can result in thousands of dollars in penalties. To help members and other funeral professionals avoid costly penalties by fully complying with critical health and safety regulations, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is pleased to partner with a new Endorsed Provider, Certified Safety Training (CST), to introduce the NFDA OSHA Safety Program.
CST has decades of experience helping businesses comply with OSHA regulations and is a leader in providing assistance to funeral homes.
“The OSHA regulations with which funeral homes must comply are numerous and complex,” said NFDA President R. Bryant Hightower Jr., CFSP. “I am happy to welcome CST to our family of NFDA Endorsed Providers to help funeral home owners like myself adhere to regulations and keep our employees safe.”
“We are thrilled to work with NFDA,” said Mark Harrison, president of CST. “They are the most reputable funeral association in the world, and we are excited to serve their members worldwide just as we have done so for nearly 25 years in the northeastern U.S.”
Just for Members: OSHA Hotline
As an exclusive benefit for NFDA members, CST is now responding to calls to the association’s OSHA Hotline. The hotline, offered at no charge to members, offers immediate answers to pressing questions regarding health and safety compliance. More information about the NFDA OSHA Hotline is available online, www.nfda.org/endorsedproviders.
In addition to the OSHA Hotline for members, the NFDA OSHA Safety Program offers several services to all funeral professionals, with discounted pricing for association members.
OSHA Compliance Programs
OSHA Compliance Programs give funeral home owners and managers a comprehensive review of the requirements of select health and safety standards. Each program comes with a written compliance plan, including recordkeeping requirements, fact sheets, customizable forms and other resources; a walk-through of the plan for the funeral home owner or manager via Zoom; and a staff training video (15-30 minutes; no CE).
OSHA Compliance Program topics include:
- The Formaldehyde Exposure Control Program
- Emergency Action and Fire Safety Program
- Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Program
- Hazard Communication Program
- Respiratory Protection Program
- Personal Protective Equipment Program
- Spill Response Program
The OSHA Compliance Programs are $295 per program for NFDA members and $395 per program for nonmembers. More information is available online, www.nfda.org/osha.
OSHA Safety Audit
Funeral home owners and managers interested in a top-to-bottom look at where they excel at health and safety compliance and how they can improve should consider an OSHA Safety Audit. The in-person experience will include an onsite inspection at the funeral home, a corrective action plan, staff training on the Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazzard Communication Standards, and more.
The audit is available for $1,595 for NFDA members and $1,995 for nonmembers; members and nonmembers also will be billed for travel and lodging expenses. More information is available online, www.nfda.org/osha.
“In these challenging times, we are grateful to offer both in-person and online OSHA services,” Mark Harrison said. “We know how hard the pandemic has hit funeral homes. Our job is to help funeral homes stay safe and in compliance and to allow them to do what they do best: serve their communities in times of need.”
Coming in 2021
In 2021, NFDA will expand the OSHA Safety Program with educational courses. CST will develop on-demand online courses, live NFDA Virtual Roundtables and NFDA Convention education sessions to help funeral directors earn continuing education hours and fulfill state OSHA education requirements for licensure. Courses will be open to all funeral professionals; NFDA members will receive exclusive pricing on education offerings.
NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving more than 20,000 individual members who represent nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.
About Certified Safety Training
CST is the leader in funeral home, veterinarian, dental, and health care OSHA compliance. Backed by more than 30 years of industry experience and Certified Safety Professionals, CST matches industry expertise with customizable programming to make sure that customers have the highest-quality safety programs, plans, training, and advice. From bloodborne pathogens to hazard communications to personal protective equipment to dozens of other topics, CST’s Certified Safety Professionals have successfully helped thousands of employees work safer and smarter. CST is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.certifiedsafetytraining.org.
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