NRCA has announced it will offer its successful Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z course in Spanish as a result of the $137,000 grant it was awarded through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Susan Harwood Training Grant.
The funding will enable NRCA to offer the class in English and Spanish free of charge for a year. NRCA has been awarded the Susan Harwood Training Grant 12 times, receiving a total of $2.8 million.
Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z is a one-day class for employees of professional roofing contractors that provides updates on fall protection systems, includes current OSHA state-plan requirements, and features hands-on equipment demonstrations and techniques for self-rescue after a fall and relief of suspension trauma.
“The course teaches roofing workers how to put a harness on correctly and steps to take after a fall, while waiting to be rescued,” says Amy Staska, NRCA’s associate executive director of education. “It also give ideas for what type of equipment employers should have.”
One highlight of the interactive course is the demonstration of a fall-protection harness. Class participants are given the opportunity to wear the harness to get a feel for what it is like after a fall.
“This class helped refresh my safety knowledge and allows me to keep up with new and changing regulations,” says Kenneth Wright, superintendent at Graham Roofing, Inc., West Point, Miss.
NRCA will conduct 12 Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z Classes, including four in Spanish in eight cities. An announcement of class dates and locations is forthcoming.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides grants to fund education and training for workers and employers to help them recognize workplace safety and health hazards, implement injury and illness prevention measures and inform them of their rights and responsibilities. This year, OSHA awarded $10,687,000 in grants to 78 non-profit organizations.
For more information about Roofing Industry Fall Protection A to Z, visit http://www.nrca.net/store/category/Roofing-Industry-Fall-Protection-from-A-to-Z/38.