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With updated training guide, IMPACT and the NTF put safety first!

Dec 09, 2011
The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) and the National Training Fund (NTF), part of the Iron Workers International Union, are proud to announce the release of a revised version of the incredibly popular Ironworker Foreman Pocket Guide.  

“OSHA’s changes regarding cranes and rigging prompted us to revise several of our training materials to be consistent with the federal regulations,” said Lee Worley, Executive Director of Apprenticeship and Training at the National Training Fund. Staff from both IMPACT and the NTF worked to update the Ironworker Foreman Pocket Guide to be ready by the end of 2011.

Sections of the Pocket Guide brought up to date to reflect OSHA’s revised standards include:

• Foreman Duties and Responsibilities
• Safety Checklists
• Architectural and Ornamental
• Blueprint Reading
• Cranes
• Emergency Signs and Symptoms
• Post-Tensioning
• Precast Concrete and Tilt-Up Panels
• Reinforcing Concrete
• Rigging
• Structural Steel
• Welding
• Reference Section (Conversions, Weights, Math, etc.)

“This Pocket Guide has been widely used by ironworker foreman and journeymen, as approximately 20,000 copies in circulation prove,” said IMPACT CEO Eric Waterman.  

The new guide will be roughly the same size as it predecessor. “But it will likely be even more popular than the first edition was,” Worley said.

The Iron Workers International Union, IMPACT and the NTF are committed to safety and member education to deliver the best product possible to our contractors and customers.  In fact, OSHA has recognized the Union’s training excellence in the past, affirming that the Joint Apprentice Training Committee Programs (JATC) and Ironworker Apprenticeship Certification Program (IATP) meet OSHA’s definition of a “third party qualified evaluator” approved to certify a signal worker’s qualifications.

Union members who wish to order an updated version of the Pocket Guide should contact the National Training Fund office at 202-383-4870 or visit their website.

About IMPACT: IMPACT is a labor management partnership based in Washington, D.C., designed to provide a forum for union Ironworkers and signatory contractors to address mutual concerns and encourage reasonable, balanced solutions to construction and employment issues.

Press Contact:

Sara Schuttloffel
(202) 383-4885