IIIATF Holds OSHA 500 and 510 Training Classes
Insulators International Staff — Sun, Oct 1, 2023 @ 10:10 AM
The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) took another step toward promoting workplace safety by offering OSHA 500/510 training and recertification classes.
These two separate courses, held concurrently, provided valuable knowledge and skills to Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (HFIAW) members, and gives them the ability to uphold the highest safety standards and train other members in their home Locals.
For 2023, both courses were held in May at the Maritime Center in Linthicum, Md. The IIIATF welcomed 10 class attendees for the 2023 sessions.
Enhancing Workplace Safety
The IIIATF has always been committed to enhancing workplace safety and training fellow Brothers and Sisters to hold the members of their home Locals to the same standards. By collaborating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the IIIATF offered in-person OSHA 500/510 courses.
OSHA 500: Training the Trainers of Tomorrow
The OSHA 500 course was designed for individuals who look to become authorized trainers in OSHA's Outreach Training Program. Participants learned about effective training techniques, adult learning principles, hazard identification and control strategies.
The course equipped trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver engaging and informative safety training sessions, creating a culture of safety awareness within their Locals.
HFIAW Local 47 Grand Rapids President and instructor Walter Wilson attended the OSHA 500 and OSHA 510 classes for the first time and was amazed at the topics that were covered.
"The OSHA 500 course gave me the knowledge and skills to be a better trainer”, he said. “I learned effective teaching methods and ways to identify and control workplace hazards, which will benefit my Local.”
OSHA 510: Building Safety Expertise
The OSHA 510 course focused on the construction industry, providing workers and professionals with a comprehensive understanding of safety standards and regulations specific to construction sites.
Class attendees learned about the importance of hazard recognition, prevention and control, as well as the responsibilities of employers and employees in maintaining safe work environments.
By completing this course, those in attendance gained the expertise to identify potential hazards, implement preventive measures and promote a safety-first approach on construction sites.
Benefits of OSHA Training
Both classes offered numerous benefits to the Brothers who attended. By investing in this training, organizations demonstrated their commitment to workplace safety, with a focus on reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.
Members who participated acquired valuable skills and knowledge that enhanced their safety awareness, making them more effective to teach others ways to prevent accidents and respond to emergencies.
Moreover, the IIIATF’s collaboration with OSHA ensured that the training aligned with current regulations and best practices, keeping participants updated with the latest industry standards.
Appreciation and Recognition
“The OSHA 500/510 training classes play a vital role in equipping our members with the necessary skills to promote safety excellence in the workplace at their home locals,” said IIIATF Administrator John L. Stahl.
This year’s classes were taught by former, longtime Local 17 Chicago Training Coordinator and newly appointed Organizing Director Robert S. McGuckin, newly appointed Local 17 Training Coordinator Shawn Craven and Local 12 New York Training Coordinator Joe Rodgers.
The IIIATF expressed its gratitude to those who attended this year’s OSHA 500/510 classes, including Membership Development Representative David Price, Bob Ackman from Local 1 St. Louis, Todd Conn from Local 18 Indianapolis, Amando Rodriguez from Local19 Milwaukee, Cody Kankey and Walter Wilson from Local 47 Grand Rapids, Russell Cold from Local 50Columbus, Glen Miles, Colin Gillis and Chad Davis from Local 87 San Antonio/Austin.