Training for an Effective Roofing Safety Program
A comprehensive training schedule is a key element to any safety program, regardless of the amount of people employed or the industry served. Everyday tendencies such as looking both ways before you cross the street or not touching a hot stove are things that we do not even need to think about because they are so ingrained in us throughout our life’s “training”.
The purpose of a comprehensive training program for roofing is to make the specific hazards of our scope of work so familiar that our associates automatically recognize them. A good training program may need to be frequently adjusted in order to continually serve its audience.
There are two key elements to a good safety training program
- 1The first important element is the scope of training programs. The scope is driven both by OSHA compliance, as well as company focus. It is important to cover topics that are relevant to what the associate will experience in the field on the roof. Covering topics that are out of the scope tend to overload the audience and critical information may be lost.
- 2The second part is the schedule of training. The scheduled training classes must serve both safety and production. Having a regimented training schedule allows a scheduled time to let associates refocus and educate themselves on the safety topics being covered. Conversely, if all of the training topics are covered at one time, focus is lost and important information is not comprehended.
About National Safety Stand Down 2019
The National Safety Stand Down is organized by the Department of Labor to prevent falls in construction and accidents. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
Blog contributed by Michael Litzenburger, CentiMark Corporate Safety Manager, Canonsburg, PA, May 2019