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Required Training for Construction Employees

It’s a new year and time to get a fresh start with your safety program. You can still use the 2014 Version of the Monthly Safety Plan for a road map for safety meetings and written plans. We anticipate the Calendar will work through this year, but a new one will be need in 2018.

We get this question a lot… What employee TRAINING is required by Contractors and how often?   This list will help.

Company Policy and Accident Prevention Plan – Initial**

Fire Extinguisher Training – Annual**

Ladder Safety – Initial and as needed**

Heat Stress – Annual**

PPE – Initial and as needed**

Tool Safety – Initial and as needed**

Electrical Safety (non-electrician) – Initial and as needed**

These topics are all included in our LNI Safety Day Class**

Fall Protection Competent Person – Once and per Job

Scaffold Competent Person – Once and Site Specific Follow Up

Respiratory, Medical Evaluations, and Fit Testing – Annual

First Aid – Every 2 years

Forklift Operator – Every 3 years

GHS HAZCOM – Initial and as needed

Asbestos Awareness 2 Hours – Annual*

Lead in Construction – Annual*

Silica – Annual*

*These topics are in our Renovation Requirements Class

Confined Space Competent Person – Initial and as needed

Excavation and Trenching Competent Person – Initial and as needed

If you do work such as welding, over water, or that involves cranes and rigging, there are additional training requirements for those also.

Many of these topics are covered thoroughly in the Monthly Safety Plan. However, if you would to schedule an of these trainings with us, please contact!


Protect yourself and your workers from the #1 cause of death in the construction industry.

Residential construction has unique challenges when it comes to fall protection. NICA has received funding & support from the Safety and Health Investment projects program at the Department of Labor and Industries and has been joined by BIAW to bring you answers and solutions to keep you safe and working.

We’ve chosen the month of October for a special awareness campaign entitled “Don’t Hit the Ground – Residential Fall Protection Awareness Month.”

Learn best practices and practical solutions to issues you face in residential construction through our new video “Don’t Hit the Ground,” classroom training, and hands on demonstrations of fall protection equipment.

Take the month to look at your company’s fall protection written plan and job site procedures. Log on to for training resources and links to toolbox talks highlighting fall protection. Please join us at one of the following FREE special training events in October.

October 5, 2016  8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fall Protection Competent Person Training – Register
Master Builders King and Snohomish County
335 116th Ave SE
Bellevue WA 98004

October 12, 2016 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Register
Fall Protection Competent Person Training
Seattle Central College
Wood Technology Center
2310 S. Lane
Seattle, WA 98144

October 20th, 2016 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Register
Fall Protection Competent Person Training
Spokane Home Builders Association
Apprenticeship & Journeyman Training Center
2110 N. Fancher
Spokane Valley, WA 99212

October 21st, 2016   8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Register
Fall Protection Competent Person Training
L&I Contractor Training Day
Spokane Community College
Lair Student Center
1810 N Green St
Spokane, WA  99217

Health Hazards in Construction – Training Materials

Funded by Labor & Industries Safety and Health Investments Project Grant, we are excited to announce the release of new training materials for Contractors in construction relating to the health hazards and safety requirements of LeadAsbestos, Silica and Mold in Washington State.

There is a PowerPoint presentation ready for download and use and a handout to use alongside it for training in your company.

Visit our Health Hazards page HERE for more information and download links.

Also be sure to follow us on YouTube for upcoming training videos about this topic focusing on Work Practices, Containment, Decontamination and PPE.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 4.17.37 PMAre you looking for OSHA 10 training for your employees also? We have a class available on October 12-13, 2015 in Kent, WA. This is a great time of year for a safety refresher. There is also a First Aid class available on the second day. If you’re interested please register HERE.

New Resource: Updated Construction Safety Checklist

Brand new as of this month, September 2015 and updated Construction Safety Checklist from WA State Labor & Industries.

You can find this resource HERE. (click to download)

This is what the L&I Inspectors are using on their job site inspections. Be in-the-know about what they’re looking for on topics such as first aid and housekeeping, GHS Hazard Communication, PPE, ladders, fall distances, written plans and Competent Person on staff.

Interested in having and L&I Safety Day for your company and training for your types of job sites? Contact NICA for availability and pricing on this one day class. We are eager to help you put in place the plans and policies that will encourage a culture of safety in your company.

Tool Box Talks Rock!

Want to be able to do safety meetings on the job site and capture the documentation through an app?  Thanks to a SHIP Grant and the Construction Center of Excellence you can!   This is an incredible help for companies with multiple crews and on multiple job sites.
Tool Box Talks LOGO

Now Available FREE in all App Stores:

Down load this free app to access new and improved

TOOL Box Safety Talks!!
•  Improved design

•  Search via smartphone, tablet or computer

•  Signatures gathered online

•  Images and construction sequencing photos

•  Improved talks in database



The App has the ability to document the date and Presenter of the talk, who attended and electronically Capture signatures of attendees.


The English and Spanish versions of the Safety talks can also be found on the website of the Construction Center of Excellence at:

Link to Android app in Google Play

Link to iOS app





The “E” Word – Solid Information

For those of you “sick” about hearing of Ebola, read my last post on Fire Prevention!  But in the spirit of preparedness, it makes sense to get educated on Infectious Disease and what you can do to prevent the spread.   Though there are specific protocols for healthcare workers who may be exposed to Ebola that need to be followed, everyone can help stop the spread of infectious disease by following a few simple steps.

1) Wash your hands.    We need to wash after we are in contact with the public, money, and especially before we eat or drink anything.  This is tough, and may involve using wipes or alcohol based sanitizers if that is all we have.

2) Take sickness more seriously than in the past.  Fevers, in particular, are nothing to mess with.  Do not go to work, school, or social occasions if you have an active fever, running nose, an active cough, or are sneezing.

3) Quarantine and sanitize.  Isolate sick people even at home.  For parents, this seems almost impossible.  But the idea is not necessarily shoving them in a room and closing the door.  It’s setting up an area of the house where people wash their hands and disinfect the door handles and any touched surface every time they enter and leave the area.  Do not sleep with (move to another room) and do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc. with a sick person.

4) Be aware but not paranoid.  Treat all sickness seriously, but don’t jump to the conclusion Ebola is everywhere and everyone can get it.  Stress can make your immune system compromised and make you more susceptible to getting other illnesses.  If you have come into contact with a person who is ill that has been traveling and you develop similar symptoms, of course, seek medical attention immediately.  Let the providers know your circumstances so everyone can stay safe and not become part of a larger problem.

5) Get training.  If you work in a medical facility or a service industry that could potentially come into contact with Ebola, make sure you have reviewed the http:/​/​​vhf/​ebola/​hcp/​procedures-for-ppe.html and provide adequate training for your people.  Understanding the procedures for donning, doffing, and decontaminating for infectious disease could be invaluable if you need them!


Fire Prevention Week October 5-11

In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage. On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day from 2007 to 2011.   Even those these are statics, think about, seven real people, with families, jobs, and communities DIED every day.   Only one fire has to happen to impact you for the rest of your life.

Interestingly, cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment, but smoking is a leading of home fire deaths. 

How can we prevent fatalities from fires?  A simple solution, smoke alarms.  Almost 60% of reported home fire deaths were from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  Having a working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.  Several different  alarms are available on the market.  An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.  Remember to check the batteries in smoke alarms.

In the workplace, fire extinguishers are the key to keeping small fires from becoming big fires.  Employers are required to provide portable fire extinguishers and shall mount, locate and identify them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury and within 75’ of a possible fire. (Sounds kinda regulatoryish, doesn’t it?)   A few other ‘rules’ for the workplace include, fire extinguishers are required to be checked monthly and maintained annually.   Training on the use of fire extinguishers is required annually.  A great resource for free employee fire extinguisher training is  This online, interactive website can be used to train employees individually or as a group.  Once the final online test is passed, the site issues a certificate of completion for documentation.  Another resource is   Your company can find written safety plans, including Fire Extinguisher training as part of their monthly safety calendar.

Statistics from, Laws based on WAC 296-800-300 Summary–Portable fire extinguishers.

Flood Safety Reminders

Flood Safety – Preparedness and Awareness 

Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or its territories. Flooding can occur in any of the fifty states or U.S. territories at any time of the year. It causes more damage in the United States than any other weather related event. On average, floods cause eight billion dollars in damages and eighty nine fatalities annually. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones survive a flood.


Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding. Find out which flooding hazards impact your state at You can also find out if you live in a flood plain by visiting our partners at FEMA at There are many tips for what to do before, during and after a flood on our newly redesigned Flood Safety Website at

Be Aware: 

Find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at and Forecasters in NWS offices work around the clock to ensure watches, warnings and advisories are issued to alert the public to hazardous conditions. The same information is available on your mobile device at Some smart phones are able to receive Flash Flood Warning alerts via the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Visit for more information!

Another tool to alert you to hazardous conditions is NOAA All Hazards Radio. This nationwide network of radio stations broadcasts continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct from NWS offices and emergency officials. For more information, visit

Stay safe during a flood by knowing your risk and where to get the latest forecast and hazard information. Be a Force of Nature!