November 14, 2011
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Last Chance to Host Free Fall Protection Training Seminar in 2011

NAHB is continuing to offer free in-person fall protection training seminars for local and state home builders associations across the country until the end of the year.

The 4.5-hour classroom-style training developed by NAHB for builders, trade contractors, supervisors and workers focuses on identifying fall hazards in residential construction and provides attendees with an understanding of the OSHA fall protection regulations and safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths.

So far this year NAHB has trained more than 1,500 participants through in-person fall protection training seminars in over 40 separate classes hosted by local and state HBAs.

Representatives from a state or local HBA interested in hosting a seminar should fill out this quick and easy form.

NAHB covers the cost of the instructor, travel and all course materials. HBAs must provide a training location with a classroom setting and projector, and have at least 25 participants.

The training materials — originally developed through a Susan Harwood Training Grant from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration — can also be easily downloaded and used by any company that wants to train its employees on fall hazards in the residential construction industry.

The seminar will teach participants how to:

  • Recognize the most common fall hazards on residential job sites
  • Use safe work practices to reduce the risk of injuries
  • Comply with OSHA fall protection regulations that apply to the home building industry

Due to recent changes to OSHA’s residential fall protection requirements, NAHB has been working in collaboration with the agency to revise the content of the NAHB Fall Protection Training Seminar PowerPoint presentation.

These revisions were finalized and approved in September.

Any past participant in NAHB's training seminars can download and view the new Resource Guide, which outlines the changes to the residential construction fall protection requirements and how they will be enforced.

Many states operate their own occupational safety and health plans and may have adopted fall protection standards that are different from those of the federal OSHA.

Builders living in a state with an approved occupational safety and health plan should contact their local administrator or home builders association for further information on the standards that apply.

For a list of the OSHA “state plan states,” click here.

For more information on scheduling a free fall protection training seminar, email Marcus Odorizzi at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8590.

Help Make Job Site Safety a Priority With Video From NAHB BuilderBooks

The “Jobsite Safety Video,” available through NAHB BuilderBooks, is the first-ever job site safety video for home builders.

The video provides an overview of the key safety issues that residential builders and workers need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries.

Based on the NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook, this DVD is intended to be used as part of an essential residential construction safety-training program and includes two 20-minute videos on one DVD.

To view or purchase this DVD online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

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