By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Safety executives from three top transportation construction and supply firms are calling on industry leaders to enroll at least 24 of their workers in the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program.

Unveiled in October by ARTBA’s Foundation, the SCTPP program certifies that individuals have the professional core competencies necessary to identify common hazards found on transportation projects and correct them—whether during the planning, design, or onsite personnel management—and thus prevent incidents that could result in deaths or injuries.

Bob Johnson, vice president of safety at Granite Construction; Rand Magee, safety group director at Kiewit; and Lee Cole, environmental health and safety vice president at Oldcastle Materials, sent a letter Dec. 18 to 450 industry safety directors. All three were SCTPP program “Subject Matter Experts,” who played a critical role in developing the certification program.

They wrote that while other safety professionals are certainly welcome to earn the SCTPP certification, “it is really aimed at the tens of thousands of industry professionals—foemen, supervisors, inspectors, designers, laborers, equipment operators, manufacturers, materials suppliers and owners—who are in a positions of influence to cause an improvement in safety performance.”

The trio is seeking a commitment from industry leaders to support the recruitment of at least two dozen workers from their firms to take the certification exam during one of three test periods in 2017. The first certification exam period is Jan. 16 to Feb. 17.

“Our ambitious goal is to have every foreman, supervisor, project engineer and CEO obtain this certification within the next three years,” Johnson, Magee and Cole wrote to their peers.

The SCTPP program is designed to meet the rigorous certification protocols of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  All the details are available at: www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

For more information, please contact Brad Sant, ARTBA’s vice president of safety and education at bsant@artba.org, or 202.289.4434, ext. 108.