By David Zachry, 2016-17 ARTBA chairman, Zachry Corporation

ARTBA’s Foundation has set out to forge a new safety frontier. We believe we’ve succeeded with the launch of the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) program.

The aspirational mission of the certification program is clear:

“To make transportation projects worldwide zero-incident zones for workers, motorists and pedestrians.”

Of course, the creation of such a groundbreaking initiative was three years in the making, and is a case study in team work. We owe a big “thank you” to past ARTBA Chairmen Doug Black and Nick Ivanoff, whose leadership got the ball rolling, and to the Subject Matter Experts, who devoted many days to defining the program’s scope and crafting the exam questions.

We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Certification Commission Co-Chairs, David Walls of Austin Industries and Ross Myers of Allan Myers, the decades-long passionate safety leaders who are fully committed to making this program a success, along with their fellow commissioners, who were instrumental in developing policies to make it operational. Last, but certainly not least, a sincere and well-deserved recognition and appreciation is due to the senior ARTBA staff who have spent hundreds of hours of time bringing the final program to life, building the web and candidate management platforms, and preparing the marketing roll out.

There are at least three things that make the SCTPP program unique.

First, this certification program, which is designed to meet rigorous protocols required for accreditation by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is like no other because it is aimed specifically at the transportation construction industry.

Second, it is an organic creation; driven and developed by the industry’s brightest safety minds. Third, its wide-ranging scope means thousands of industry professionals are eligible to take the exam and demonstrate their safety mettle.

Though the work began several years ago, getting the SCTPP program off the ground was a critical focus of my first year agenda as ARTBA chairman. As I begin my second year, I look forward to working with all of you on its implementation and in encouraging your firm’s appropriate personnel to sit for the certification exam.

Our collective goal, working through ARTBA and its Foundation, is to cause a significant reduction in the number of deaths and injuries that occur on and around transportation project sites. Together, I know we can fundamentally transform our industry and save thousands of lives.