December 2014

Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program

The International Association and IMPACT are pursuing ways to improve safety performance for our members and contractors throughout the United States and Canada. During a recent webcast called IMPACT TV, General President Walter Wise and General Secretary Eric Dean addressed safety trends and challenged our members and contractors to make safety a function of their company operations and daily jobs. During the webcast that reached out to district councils, local unions, and contractors throughout North America, the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program” was discussed as one of the approaches to achieve zero incidents and fatalities. The following is a letter from President Wise, IMPACT labor co-chair, and William Brown, IMPACT management co-chair, that was promulgated to district councils, local unions and signatory contractors.

Key Points: “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program”

• IMPACT is the administrator of this program for members and contractors.
• This is a “voluntary” certification program.
• The STS Certification Program is available to any eligible Iron Worker member who elects to pursue this certification.
• Ironworkers can pursue this certification individually or be sponsored by their employer.
• Ironworkers MUST meet the eligibility requirements.
• Study courses and examinations can be completed individually or in group sessions.
• After the successful completion of the STS examination, IMPACT will reimburse ironworkers or sponsoring employers for the application fee, examination fee and annual renewal fee.
• Dr. Cindy Menches, IMPACT director of contractor training & development, has developed the IMPACT “How-to Guide” based on the BCSP Group Management Handbook and the BCSP Candidate Handbook.
•Questions regarding the application process, eligibility requirements, scheduling group examinations and individual examinations, study courses and IMPACT reimbursements of certification fees can be directed to:

Dr. Cindy Menches, P.E.
IMPACT Director of Contractor Training & Development
1750 New York Avenue NW, 4th floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
cmenches@impact-net.org
www.impact-net.org
Toll-free: (800) 545-4921, 
O: (202) 393-1147, C: (202) 294-1474


Letter from the IMPACT Labor and Management Co-Chairs

The International Association and IMPACT are pleased to announce the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program” for union ironworkers seeking safety positions with project owners, general contractors and signatory contractors throughout the United States and Canada. The purpose of this program is to increase workplace safety performance by creating employment opportunities for ironworkers using this STS Certification combined with their field or shop experience, and documented training from the Ironworkers National Training Fund.

General President Walter Wise commissioned the “Zero Fatality” campaign in January of 2012 and continues to pursue new initiatives to help prevent workplace incidents throughout the United States and Canada. As an extension of this campaign, the IMPACT labor and management trustees have enhanced the “2014 Zero Fatality – See Something! Say Something!” campaign to establish the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor Certification Program” through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The BCSP is an independent certification board that is nationally recognized as the leader in high quality credentialing for safety and health practitioners.

The Safety and Health Department has received many calls from project authorities and contractors regarding employment opportunities for ironworkers who have acquired the STS Certification. Additionally, many project safety contracts are requiring our contractors to employ company personnel with the STS Certification as a special condition to perform on projects. The International Association and IMPACT want to make every effort to provide an opportunity for our members to pursue the STS Certification and fulfill these safety positions. For some members who elect to pursue this STS Certification, additional safety training may be necessary to meet the BCSP eligibility requirements to take the examination text. The Ironworkers National Training Fund offers certain safety courses on a periodic basis that are available to our members. Some employment opportunities with companies may require our members to obtain additional safety training, instruction on regulatory requirements, and sample safety programs. The following is a brief overview of the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program” that is available to any eligible ironworker member who elects to purse the certification, or any contractor who elects to sponsor their ironworker employee.

Ironworker Eligibility Requirements 
• Ironworker candidates must be a current member of a local union and in good standing to participate in the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor Certification Program.”
• Ironworker candidates must obtain approval from their local union business manager for approval.
• Ironworker candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for the Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification identified on the BCSP website at www.bcsp.org.

STS Certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
• Ironworker candidates are responsible for completing and submitting the STS application form to the BCSP located on their website at www.bcsp/org.
• Ironworker candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for the Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification identified on the BCSP website at www.bcsp/org/sts.
• A complete description of the STS certification including eligibility requirements, application form, candidate handbook, self-examinations, sample examinations and blueprint review can be found on the BCSP website at www.bscp/org/sts.
• Ironworker candidates are responsible for submitting the application to the BCSP, participating in study groups, and scheduling their STS examination.
• Contractors can sponsor any of their ironworker employees and submit the necessary applications and fees.

STS Prerequisite Courses Offered by the Ironworkers National Training Fund
• Ironworker candidates must complete any necessary journeyman upgrading training programs offered through the Ironworkers National Training Fund or other sources that are prerequisites for the STS certification.
• Ironworker candidates can utilize regional training facilities and local union training facilities to take safety classes such as the OSHA 500 and OSHA 30 course.
• If necessary, ironworker candidates can also complete the Ironworker Qualified Rigger and Signal Person courses, OSHA Subpart R – Steel Erection, and other courses that may be required or necessary to meet the STS requirements or employer requirements for employment. 

Regulatory and Safety Program Assistance 
• After completion of the STS examination, ironworkers can request sample safety programs, sample workplace inspection checklists, and sample job hazard analysis templates to assist them as designated safety personnel for project owners, general contractors or signatory contractors.
• The Iron Workers Safety and Health Department will also provide regulatory clarifications pertaining to workplace safety and health requirements upon request.

Reimbursement of STS Application, Examination Fees and Annual Renewal Fees 
• After the successful completion of the STS examination, IMPACT will reimburse ironworkers or sponsoring contractors for the application fee and the examination fee.
• IMPACT will reimburse ironworkers or employers for the annual STS renewal fee for maintaining any BCSP certification.
• IMPACT will not pay for any travel costs, hotels costs, or other costs associated with an ironworker candidate obtaining a BCSP certification.
• Ironworkers and contractors must forward a copy of their STS certificate of completion to IMPACT at 1750 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006.

We encourage any members who are seeking safety positions with project owners, general contractors and signatory contractors throughout the United States and Canada to take advantage of the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program.” Please contact Steve Rank, executive director of safety and health, at (800) 368-0105 if you have any safety questions pertaining to this program. Please contact Dr. Cindy Menches, IMPACT director of contractor training & development at (800) 545-4921, if you have any questions regarding any administrative questions pertaining to this program.

Sincerely,

Walter Wise
Labor Chair

William W. Brown
Management Chair


The International Association will continue our “2014 ZERO FATALITY CAMPAIGN” to prevent workplace fatalities in the field and shop. This goal challenges all members to “See Something! Say Something!” to help recognize and abate hazards in the workplace. 

It is our goal for the “Ironworker Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification Program” to help produce measurable results in improving safety performance. I will continue to work closely with district councils, local unions and IMPACT regional advisory boards throughout the United States and Canada to help improve safety performance. If I can provide any assistance, please contact me at the Safety and Health Department at (800) 368-0105.