Prepare Your Team with COVID-19 Safety Training

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At Brauner Safety Services, safety on the job is top priority.  With decades of experience in the roofing industry, many longtime clients know Jim Brauner for his construction and roofing specific training, such as CERTA Training, Fall Protection and OSHA 10 + 30.  What you may not know is that Brauner Safety Services also offers safety training that goes beyond the roof and construction site.  From roofing safety equipment and fleet management to CPR/First Aid and now COVID-19 Safety, Brauner Safety Services comprehensively covers safety needs from all angles of your business.

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brauner Safety Services launched a customized COVID-19 Construction Worker Safety program.  The program is available in both English and Spanish and is provided in a webinar format for contactless instruction.

The program includes a 2-hour webinar and training that has been designed in accordance with OSHA standards; upon completion of the class, students will receive a COVID-19 Safety Training Certification and all of the appropriate compliance documents.

The program is offered to groups of up to 40 workers and includes immediate access and downloading capability for the following documents (in English and Spanish) that can be easily integrated into daily business operations:

  1.  COVID-19 Policy Statement
  2.  COVID-19 Safety Manual Addendum
  3.  COVID-19 Site Specific Safety Plan Addendum
  4.  COVID-19 Tool Box Talk
  5.  COVID-19 Daily Checklist

English language classes are regularly scheduled on Friday at 7:00 AM. Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with a link to gain access to the next regularly scheduled class.  Should a student need to reschedule, he/she can simply follow the instructions in the confirmation email to reschedule and reserve a time slot that is better suited to his/her schedule.

With affordable pricing and packages as low as $499 for up to 40 people, scheduling a COVID-19 Safety Training class is both the easiest and most cost-effective way to ensure that your team is properly prepared for the job site during the uncertain times posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

For more information and to register your team and crews today, please contact Jim Brauner.  To learn more about OSHA, CERTA and other roofing safety training, visit www.BraunerSafety.com.

Recognizing the Importance of the Roofing Industry During National Roofing Week (Aug. 23-29)

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To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, stress the value of professional roofing contractors, and promote the good deeds of the industry, Brauner Safety Services will recognize National Roofing Week taking place Aug. 23-29.

Organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Roofing Week is a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week enables roofing professionals to engage in their communities and inform the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community, as well as the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system.

During National Roofing Week, Brauner Safety Services will be encouraging its clients to take part in this important week and help spread the word about their businesses and the importance of the roofing industry.  There are numerous ways that your business can participate, and every year this event offers a week of daily themes that can serve as a guide to get you started.  Social media plays a vital role in this effort, and roofing professionals are encouraged to share company photos/videos with the hashtag #NationalRoofingWeek.  This year, the calendar of activities and daily themes are currently scheduled as follows:

Sunday, 08/23 – National Roofing Week Kickoff

Monday, 08/24 – Roofers share photos showcasing signature residential and commercial projects.

Tuesday, 08/25 – Giving Day: Share photos that exhibit your company’s community and charitable giving efforts.  NRCA will also be accepting donations to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program.

Wednesday, 08/26 – Employee Appreciation: Share photos of your team.

Thursday, 08/27 – Training: Share and post photos that demonstrate the ways that you train your employees and crews.  For example, this can be photos of OSHA or CERTA training sessions with Brauner Safety Services or educational workshops for office staff.

Friday, 08/28 – Celebrate: Share photos of how your company participated in and celebrated National Roofing Week.

Saturday, 08/29 – Final Day/Wrap-up

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at nrca.net/nationalroofingweek.

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With more than 40 years of experience, Jim Brauner (Brauner Safety Services) is a trusted leader in job site safety training and CERTA.  At Brauner Safety Services, we take pride in driving OSHA and CERTA training standards forward, focusing on efficiency, quality and safety.  Jim Brauner offers custom and personalized safety education programs and CERTA training throughout the contiguous United States.  To book your safety consultation or training, contact Jim Brauner today.

Brauner Safety Services is Now an Affinity Partner of Cotney Consulting Group

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Earlier this month, Cotney Consulting Group proudly announced in a press release that Brauner Safety Services is now an affinity partner.

Cotney Consulting Group is a team dedicated to helping roofing contractors maximize success with experienced business consulting and solutions.  With over 65 years’ experience in solving business problems for roofing contractors, Cotney provides advice regarding payment structures, estimating and business operations, along with technical, safety, and workforce training solutions for contractors. This combination of services makes Cotney Consulting Group a well-suited partner for Brauner Safety Services.

As most of Brauner Safety Services clients are already aware, Brauner Safety offers safety management, PROCertification and CERTA training packages that are specifically designed for roofing professionals; training sessions include everything from fall protection and OSHA 10/30 to site inspections and rigging & signaling.

In order to meet the growing needs of the industry, Jim Brauner is constantly expanding and improving services, enabling contractors and crews to stay up-to-date with the latest safety practices and resources available.  For example, just this month Brauner launched a customized COVID-19 CONSTRUCTION WORKER SAFETY program that is available as a webinar for contactless instruction.

In the same way that Brauner expands educational programming, the company recognizes the importance of strengthening and expanding its network with trusted industry partners.  As an affinity partner of Cotney Consulting Group, Brauner will offer Cotney subscribers a 5 percent discount off of all services.

In a statement regarding this valuable partnership, Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Consulting Group stated, “Safety training is critical to protect your crews and business. We are proud to partner with Jim Brauner and his team to help keep safety at the forefront of every business.”

To secure the latest safety training for your crews and strengthen your own safety programs, policies and procedures, contact Brauner Safety Services.

OSHA Guidance Regarding Coronavirus

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By now, most of us are starting to get accustomed to what is being referred to as “the new normal” – a daily routine consisting of social distancing (6 feet), wearing face coverings in public (or at least enclosed spaces) and washing hands more regularly (minimum 20 seconds).  For some of us, these safety practices are becoming somewhat habitual, and while that is a good thing considering the fact that many states are reopening, not everyone is following the guidelines.  As the economy reopens, much of the population is feeling a little more relaxed as the quarantine phase of life is lifting, but not everyone is on the same page as to what is considered “safe”.

In the workplace, people who are not able to do their jobs remotely may be asked to return to work after they have spent months staying home, avoiding people, places and any sort of contact. This brings up a lot of questions (and sometimes anxiety) around the safety of businesses and workers alike, as not everyone feels safe returning to the office or field.

While restrictions are loosening across the country, this is certainly not a time to loosen your safety standards.  It is quite the opposite; if anything, you should be more clear about new safety expectations on the job, as well as make the added safety standards enforceable.  The idea of being relaxed or holding less restrictions is not ever really an option on a construction site.  The safety of your employees, crews and clients should always be a top priority as a roofing contractor, before, during and after this pandemic passes.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, OSHA has made an effort to provide guidance for employers and businesses within a variety of sectors by publishing basic tips for staying safe under these uncertain conditions. Based on OSHA’s latest guidelines, and as published in their newest document entitled COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce, here are tips for reducing the risk of exposure to Covid-19:

  1. Stay Home When Sick – Although this goes without saying, employers should encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
  2. Wear Face Coverings – Allow (and encourage) workers to wear masks, especially indoors and when social distancing is not an option.
  3. Maintain Regular Safety Controls – Continue to use normal control measures that you already have in place for safety on the job; this includes personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to protect workers from other job hazards associated with construction activities.
  4. Stay Socially Distant – Make sure employees avoid physical contact with others, including keeping personal space to at least six feet between employees/contractors/visitors, on-site, in the office and in work trailers.
  5. Provide PPE Training – It is important to not assume that your team members already know how to use and handle masks, gloves, etc. Take the time to train workers on how to properly put on, use/wear, and take off protective clothing and equipment.
  6. Address EtiquetteAccording to the CDC, coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. For this reason, it is important to review proper respiratory etiquette with crews and team members, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  7. Promote Personal Hygiene – This can be a touchy subject, but it is necessary to address hygiene and should not be viewed as a personal statement on anybody’s “cleanliness”. Keeping hands clean is something that must simply become standard practice, and if employees do not have immediate access to soap and water for hand washing on the job site, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide alcohol-based sanitizing solution (minimum 60% alcohol) to keep hands clean.
  8. Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved Cleaning Chemicals – All cleaning products listed on the EPA “List N” or that have verified label claims against the coronavirus are acceptable for cleaning surfaces and shared tools/appliances.
  9. Clean Tools – When tools or equipment must be shared, there is a risk of transferring the virus. For this reason, provide and instruct workers to use alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after using shared equipment and as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  10. Limit In-person Meetings – When you simply cannot “Zoom” your meeting or conduct it remotely, OSHA suggests keeping in-person meetings (including toolbox talks and safety meetings) as short as possible, as well as limiting the number of workers in attendance and practicing social distancing.
  11. Keep It Clean – Job site toilets, shared spaces and frequently touched items (i.e., door handles, toilet seats, water dispensers) should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Hand sanitizer dispensers (preferably touchless) should be checked and refilled as needed.
  12. Report Health Concerns – Many people are worried about their job stability should they report not feeling well, or tension on the job due to reporting others who may be exhibiting signs of illness. It is better to be proactive on this matter and have the difficult discussion with your team about why it is important to report and how to report any health and safety concerns in a safe and constructive manner.

To learn more about OSHA’s guidelines as they relate to the current pandemic, as well as have a printable copy to share with your crews and employees, visit OSHA’s publications. To ensure that your team members are safe on the job, contact Brauner Safety Services to strengthen your safety training program and secure roofing safety equipment for your crews.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice or guidance. Moreover, the information provided may not be accurate for circumstances or equipment at an individual facility or specific work site. The author takes no responsibility whatsoever for any person’s/entity’s use of or application of information provided on this website.

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