Two organizations that have received a CAGC Foundation grant will be providing COVID-19 training resources for free for the construction industry.
OSEA/NC has developed a training curriculum designed to inform, engage, and protect construction company workers who risk infection from the virus in workplaces that are unique to the construction industry.
Up to 90 one-hour, web-based training classes are now available, running through the month of December, with 30 of those being taught in Spanish. All classes are taught by safety and health professionals. Time is left in each session for attendees to discuss any specific challenges they are facing in their workplace or job site.
OSEA/NC is collaborating with El Centro Hispano and the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas through the “NC United Against the Virus” campaign to assist in getting the word out to as many workers as possible to attend the free training. For more information and to register for a class visit: https://osea.com/safety-training/calendar/. You may also find a brochure for the COVID-19 training classes here: https://www.cagc.org/cagcdocs/newsbreak/2020OSEA-Coronavirus-Training-Flyer.pdf.
As an added benefit, all registrants will receive a three-month subscription to Safety Badger®, an iPhone or Android app that can be used to gain access for toolbox talk, immediate access to safety and health professionals who can help with answers to COVID-19 and related construction safety and health questions.
Hope Renovations, a nonprofit that trains underemployed women for jobs in the skilled trades, is working in partnership with UNC School of Public Health’s NC Occupational Health and Safety Resource Center and online trades educator M.T. Copeland to produce and distribute two short videos that will provide COVID-19 safety training to North Carolina’s construction workforce. One video will be targeted toward employers/organizations while the other will target workers, and both videos will feature Hope Renovations’ diverse, all-female staff, crew and trainees. The videos will include the most current information about disease transmission, safety precautions on worksites, and will include links to a number of other valuable COVID-19 resources. The videos will be accessible both online and via mobile device beginning in January, and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion email after the training is completed.