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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Sept. 22 awarded a $220,000 fall protection training grant to NAHB and the NAHB Research Center through its Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grants program for at-risk workers and employers in the residential construction industry
The grant was part of $2.75 million in Susan Harwood grants awarded to 16 organizations, including nonprofit and community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations and colleges and universities.
"The education and training organizations receiving grants are designed to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths by providing the knowledge and tools that workers and employers need to identify and correct workplace safety and health hazards," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA.
Through the grant, NAHB and the Research Center will develop and administer a four-hour program that will provide fall protection training in both English and Spanish to small business contractors and non-English speaking workers. In January, NAHB will begin offering the training through state and local home builders associations across the country.
The training will provide an overview of fall protection; review fall protection systems; examine and discuss local framing and roofing operations and safe work practices; and illustrate safe methods of working on ladders and scaffolding.
For more information, or to host a training session, e-mail Marcus Odorizzi at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x 8590.
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.