By Katie Chimelewski, director of safety & certification, ARTBA

Safety fundamentals must not be ignored because of the extra precautions required by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the Aug. 10-16 “Safe + Sound Week” will focus on three components of a successful safety and health program:

  • management leadership;
  • worker participation; and
  • find and fix hazards.  

The week highlights how workers can make innovative contributions to improving safety. It emphasizes safety education while encouraging employees to take corrective actions when hazards are present in the workplace.

ARTBA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to support the annual training event. The association works year round with OSHA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other safety organizations to host free training courses through several federal grant programs.  

At this year’s Safe + Sound Week, participants will join virtual classes hosted by Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The courses will cover key transportation construction industry topics such as, Silica Protection, Preventing Runovers and Backovers, and Fall Protection Training.

Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can prevent injury and illness and improve productivity while reducing impacts to the bottom line. For more information on how your organization can get involved, visit the Safe + Sound website.

ARTBA Training

ARTBA’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ has helped many members enhance their existing safety and health programs.  The program empowers employees to keep an eye on jobsite safety, and to recognize hazards and mitigate the risk across all levels of an organization. Visit puttingsafetyfirst.org.

For questions on virtual class offerings and registration, or if you are interested in hosting a class, please contact ARTBA’s Robinson VasquezLearn more about safety and health program best practices at the ARTBA Safety Center.