By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Demand for ARTBA’s high-quality, industry-specific safety and health training and education programs has soared by 35 percent in 2015. ARTBA’s professional staff and nationally-recognized training consultants have provided courses to over 8,500 industry professionals this year, surpassing the previous high by more than 3,000 participants through mid-December.

 ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant attributes the growth to three things: the fact that the programs are tailored toward addressing safety issues and hazards unique to roadway construction project sites; recommendations spread through word-of-mouth; and the continual introduction of innovative new training materials.

The training offered by ARTBA, through its Transportation Development Foundation (TDF), is in demand by large and small contractors, state affiliated associations and government agencies, and local transportation officials.  Organizations taking advantage of the safety training in 2015 included leading contractors such as Oldcastle Materials, Lane Construction, Boh Brothers, Cherry Hill Construction and Ajax Paving.  ARTBA-affiliated state associations and transportation agencies hosted classes in more than 30 states and territories from New York to California to Puerto Rico.  Training was even provided to groups as diverse as the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Sant says interest in ARTBA training for 2016 is off to a strong start with well over 2,000 already registered.

Cookie Leffler, safety director for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), is among ARTBA-TDF’s many satisfied customers:

“I wanted to thank you once again for bringing the Roadway Safety+ course to Mississippi for several MDOT maintenance supervisors, safety officers and engineers,” she wrote. “We have received nothing but positive feedback. The material and resources were found to be outstanding and have already been put to good use in our districts statewide.”

For more information on how ARTBA-TDF courses can help your company, organization or agency, contact Safety Training and Business Development Specialist Robinson Vazquez at rvasquez@artba.org, or call 202-289-4434.