HBI English Training Part of Industry Alliance With OSHA
In a June 8 signing ceremony at NAHB’s spring board meeting in Washington, D.C., the association renewed its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide the residential construction industry with information, guidance and access to training resources that help protect the health and safety of workers.
"NAHB is proud to be renewing the successful NAHB-OSHA alliance as part of our commitment to improving construction safety in the home building industry," said NAHB First Vice President Sandy Dunn. "The safety training materials and seminars that have been produced through this alliance, such as the "NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook," have already made a positive impact on employee safety."
As part of the industry’s commitment to promote job site safety, Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of NAHB, has developed Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition — a seven-book English as a Second Language (ESL) training tool targeted at Spanish-speaking workers in the home building industry. It is powered by innovative Leap Frog technology to make learning engaging and memorable.
The first six Sed de Saber books focus on English language comprehension, allowing workers to improve their communication skills, ultimately leading to a safer job site.
The seventh book is exclusively dedicated to safety, incorporating the entire “NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook.” Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition is powered by innovative Leap Frog technology to make learning engaging and memorable.
Following the renewal of the NAHB-OSHA partnership, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin Foulke participated in a demonstration of the innovative learning tool.
Dunn serves as the oversight officer of the HBI Board of Trustees, which has been closely involved in the development and launch of Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition.
“Sed de Saber is a wonderful learning tool, and this demonstration served as a great opportunity for HBI to inform government safety officials about our dedication to ensuring the safety of our Hispanic workers,” said HBI Chairman William Paul.
For more about Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition, e-mail Leticia Zirkle at 800-795-7955 x8926, click here or read the information below.
Home Builders Institute Offers New Program to Teach Hispanic Adults English
Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition is an easy-to-use, take-home learning tool created exclusively for the construction industry by the Home Builders Institute to improve communication, quality and safety on the job site.
The product, now available at www.seddesaberconstruction.com, uses proven LeapFrog technology to allow workers to listen, record and play back their pronunciation of more than 500 vocabulary words and 340 phrases. Participants who practice 30 minutes each day will complete the program in just four months. Learning at home, on their own time, also eliminates scheduling conflicts.
Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition was developed by a team of subject matter experts assembled through HBI — including superintendents, craft skills experts, remodelers and builders — to ensure that the information is relevant to today’s home building workforce. To address worker safety issues related to the language barrier, HBI created a seventh book based entirely on the NAHB-OSHA Job Site Safety Handbook.
NAHB members can purchase the learning system, all seven books and a skills assessment to chart employee progress for $395 per kit. The non-member price is $495. Order today and empower your workers to learn English at www.seddesaberconstruction.com.