Thursday, June 20, 2013

Employees With Their OSHA 30-Hour Card (Current Within The Past 3 Years!)

Good afternoon to all I.D.I. employees:  Over the past few years, we have been encouraging our employees to enroll in the OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety Course.  Many general contractors that we work with require that we place employees at their projects that have their OSHA 30-hour card current within the past 3 years.  Today, we want to recognize our employees that have taken the OSHA 30-hour course and that are current within the past 3 years.

We have 15 employees in this high standard category and they are:  Jesse Aguirre, Paul Baca, Earl Bingman, Cesar Chavez, Daniel Dominick, Angel Flores, Chris Frankowski, Brian Frederick, Tom Gracyk, Praxedes Lagunas, Adam Lichon, Gary Newton, Jason Ondera, Chris Pickrum and Adalberto Suarez.

Congratulations to all of you on successfully completing this course.  The OSHA 30-hour course is a huge time commitment and we know it.  By taking this course, you have demonstrated with your actions, your commitment to the company, to your Superintendent and to yourself and you have showed us what you are all about.  We also have several other employees that have taken the OSHA 30-hour course, however, they are not current within the past 3 years.  The OSHA 30-hour card never expires but many general contractors set a 3-year current standard.

Why should you enroll in the OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety Course?  For starters, this course provides a good solid foundation of safety training.  You will be provided with 30 hours of construction safety training that can help you to sustain a long-term healthy & injury-free career in the construction field.  This course may just save your life!  The OSHA 30-hour course is not just good for you as far as work goes as it teaches invaluable life skills that you can take with you and use anywhere for the rest of your life as this card never expires.  This course also looks terrific on a trade person's resume.  Many employers are getting choosier when it comes to seeking out new hires and having your OSHA 30-hour card is what may make you the front runner.

Another reason we are encouraging participation in an OSHA 30-hour course is that we are bidding work to general contractors that require us to man their projects with employees that have taken this course.  By taking this course, you make yourself more valuable to a Superintendent when they are choosing their work crews for various job sites.  I also want to mention that if you do take this course; that it does not guarantee that you will work.  It does however increase your chances especially in the weak economy that our country is currently in.  

Where can I take this course you ask?  The OSHA 30-hour is offered by your union trade schools to members in good standing.  Also, if you take the course through your union trade school, we understand that it is either free or low cost to members.  It is offered at limited times throughout the year.  If you are interested in signing up, you are encouraged to contact your trade school by phone or you can look them up on the internet to see when the course is offered.  You can also take it online through some internet services.  We recently negotiated a $159.00 price for the course through Grainger.  If you choose to take the course online through Grainger, please contact our Grainger Territory Sales Representative, James Gill, Jr. at (224) 216-0986 to get the $159.00 pricing and he will advise you how to get signed up for the course.  If you are going to proceed with taking the OSHA 30-hour online, make sure you enroll in the OSHA 30-hour construction course and not the OSHA 30-hour general industry course.  If you have any questions about taking the course online, you can always contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham and he can provide you with more information to help you.  You can reach Peter by e-mail at  After you take the OSHA 30-hour, you will be issued a card sometime around 30 days later. Please provide our Safety Director with a copy of your card so we know that you took the course.

Lastly, if you have taken the OSHA 30-hour course and if you have not provided us with a copy of your card, please send a copy of your card to Peter Graham so we can document this on your I.D.I. safety record.  

Make yourself standout in the crowd!

Have a Safe Day!