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Apply for SAFE Work Site Safety Award by Nov. 18

Home builders who have developed and implemented an outstanding work site safety program can receive recognition for their commitment to the well-being of their employees through the 2009 NAHB Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE). Nominations and applications are now being accepted.

For information, requirements, a list of categories and an online application, click here. The nomination period closes on Nov. 18.

The SAFE award honors the achievements of builders and trade contractors who have developed and implemented high-quality construction safety programs, as well as government officials and NAHB associations that have made successful efforts to advance safety in the home building industry.

In front of a capacity crowd during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas last January, the 2008 SAFE awards honored 13 companies and individuals for their safety achievements. Click here to watch a video recognizing the recipients.

NAHB member companies in good standing that build residential homes or town homes using light construction methods can apply for a SAFE award.

Specialty trade contractors, remodelers and light commercial and multifamily builders — as well as NAHB-affiliated associations and federal or state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials — are also eligible for the award if they are nominated by an NAHB member or association.

To see sample application forms, including descriptions of evaluation criteria and information required for nominations, click here.

Award winners will be recognized at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 20.

The award also provides an opportunity for companies to provide sponsorships and demonstrate their support for safe work site practices. For sponsorship information, click here; or e-mail Andy Flank at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8059.

NAHB provides members and others in the residential construction industry — including non-English and limited English-speaking employees and trade contractors — with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety.

A variety of safety resources and guidebooks — including the new NAHB-OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Handbook: English-Spanish Edition — can be purchased at www.builderbooks.com.

For more information on the SAFE awards or NAHB safety training programs, e-mail Lindsay Cather at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163.

Boost Job Site Safety With Fall Protection Training Products

In an effort to increase job site safety and reduce the chance of job related accidents, NAHB has produced the “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish and “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish.”

Both are available through BuilderBooks.com.

The 30-minute “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish” can be used by builders to train workers to use safe work practices that eliminate fall hazards and comply with OSHA fall-protection standards.

The “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish” provides guidelines for creating a written fall-protection plan and identifying safe work practices that can prevent costly accidents and injuries. Written with clear text, photographs and illustrations, the book serves as a user-friendly resource for promoting safety on any job site.

To purchase the handbook and video online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

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