Ironworker Safety Director Training Course

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IW Safety Director Training Course Syllabus

The following are some of the fundamental safety topics that will be provided by subject matter experts. 

• Fall Protection Systems (Active and Passive) and Calculations of Basic Lifeline Systems – Instruction on the use and installation of passive and active fall protection systems. A special segment will focus on basic load calculations for common horizontal lifeline systems and examples of typical designs for proper anchorage and terminus points. 

• Regulatory Compliance, Project Contracts and Safety Program Development – How to identify mandatory compliance standards of federal and state regulatory agencies and project contract safety specifications. How to articulate, negotiate and manage safety issues with project owners and controlling contractors. Techniques for working with steel fabricators to incorporate anchorage points for fall arrest systems and cable guardrail systems. Instruction on development, implementation and maintenance of written safety and health programs for field and shop workplaces. 

• Safety Training and Determining Competent and Qualified Persons – Instruction will focus on employee training for workplace activities and designating competent and qualified personnel persons to perform common safety functions. Formats to provide company training and instruction, and how to verify safety training through the Ironworker Apprentice Tracking System (ATS).

• Evaluating Workplace Health Issues and Exposures – How to determine workplace action levels and exposures to welding fumes, lead, asbestos, paints and solvents. Understanding the Threshold Value Limit (TLV) for airborne metal and compounds, and methods to prevent skin absorption of chemicals. How to understand and use air sampling tests as a representative exposure to determine methods of employee protection.

• Development of Job Hazard Analysis, Site Safety Plans, Workplace Inspections – How to develop and use a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and a site-specific safety plan. Sample JHA forms will be provided as a template for use and editing. How to develop and document a system for conducting workplace inspections to identify unsafe acts and conditions in the workplace. 

• Techniques For Managing Recordable/Reportable Incidents and Incident Management and Investigations – Understanding requirements for reporting workplace incidents and posting OSHA 300 Log Form in the workplace. Considerations for submitting incident information to project authorities during bidding process. How to manage workplace investigations following an alleged complaint, OSHA (OH&S) investigation or serious incident. 

• Crane, Rigging and Equipment Operations – How to ensure the crane assembly-disassembly director understands the specific responsibilities for his/her crew and recognizing requirements for qualified riggers and signal persons. Additional instruction will be provided on responsibilities for the use of common aerial lift equipment. 

• Construction Safety Apps – Instruction on the use of innovative safety apps to help implement and document workplace safety programs, programmed inspections, employee instruction and photograph workplace hazards.

• Understanding Employer Insurance Costs – Instruction on how the frequency and severity of workplace incidents determines an employer’s Experience Modification Rating (EMR), insurance costs and ability to qualify for project bidding. 

When & Where: 

May 13-May 17, 2019

Iron Workers Local 416/433 Training Center
960 Wigwam Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014

A block of rooms is being secured at a nearby hotel at this time and will be announced shortly.  Each participant is responsible for their hotel accommodations and arranging their own transportation for the week. 

Ironworkers & Contractors


·Application and installation of Fall Protection Systems and Calculations of Basic Lifeline Systems

·Recognizing Regulatory Compliance, Project Contract Requirements and Safety Program Development

·Assessment of Safety Training and Determining Competent and Qualified Persons

·Evaluating Industrial Hygiene Workplace Health Issues and Exposures

·Development of Job Hazard Analysis, Site Safety Plans and Workplace Inspection Programs

·Techniques for Managing Recordable/Reportable Incidents, Incident Management and Investigations

·Roles & Responsibilities of the Crane Assembly-Disassembly Director

·Utilizing New Technology Safety Apps to Manage Workplace Safety on Projects


·Ironworkers can be the best safety directors because we understand the work WE do!

·Combining work skills with new safety skills will produce a win-win for employers and members

·Increasing job opportunities for members in company safety roles

·Our contractors will benefit from competent and qualified ironworkers with new safety skill sets

·Increase your career opportunities by building on your trade knowledge

·Learn the administration, implementation and maintenance of safety & health programs

·Raise the standard of safety performance for our members and contractors

2019 Kicks Off Zero Fatality-Incident Campaign With Ironworker Safety Director Training Course


The ZERO Fatality-Incident campaign com­missioned by General President Eric Dean features the Ironworker Safety Director Training course as one of the programs designed to raise the standard of safety performance. We have members with great knowledge and skill, and we want to reach out and provide this specialized course to members wanting to pursue a safety career with our signatory contractors. The Safety and Health Department has received numerous requests from signatory contractors and safety consulting firms expressing an interest in employaing union ironworkers who are qualified to perform the safety duties and responsibilities as a company safety director. Assuming the role of a corporate safety director and managing safety programs for several projects requires some additional basic training and new skill sets. There are several fundamental safety and health tasks that must be routinely implemented to help recognize and avoid workplace hazards. Many safety responsibilities in the workplace are set forth by federal, state, local and contractual standards and requirements. The Ironworker Safety Director Training Course is offered at no charge to members or contractors who elect to sponsor an ironworker or employee to complete this course. 

The Ironworker Safety Director Training Course is designed to assist members with new skill sets to manage a comprehensive company safety program for a signatory contractor, project owner or general contractor. The training course is also open to current or future safety directors for signatory contractors needing additional training. The five-day training will consist of several breakout sessions focusing on specific areas of instruction. 

Please contact Vicki O'Leary, general organizer, at (202) 702-7828, or Jeff Norris, Canadian safety coordinator at (780) 459-4498, if you have any questions pertaining to the Ironworker Safety Director Training Course.

Register for the Ironworker Safety Director Training Course here.
Dave Otey, Ironworker, Local 229
Journey to Successful Safety Director

There is no doubt that union ironworkers can make the best safety directors and Dave Otey, member of Local 229 (San Diego) is living proof. Dave is the regional safety manager for Rebar International, Inc. and brings a recent success story of achieving over 2 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. This is only one of many successes Dave has achieved with the cooperative efforts of union ironworkers and the support of his employer, Rebar International, Inc. Dave’s motto as a union ironworker and regional safety manager is simple but effective, “I stay alongside my ironworkers.”

However, Dave’s journey to becoming one of the best ironworker safety directors in the country began in 1994 when he sustained a serious and potentially deadly injury. Dave was working inside a large horizontal rebar column that was being fabricated in his employer’s fabrication yard. When making some final adjustments to the column, it suddenly racked and collapsed, trapping him inside. He was hospitalized in critical care for several weeks. Dave was determined to return to work and stay in the industry as a union ironworker.