In the restoration industry, there are many risks that threaten the health and safety of our technicians and others who traverse the damaged/worksite. Health and job safety is a big consideration for all of us here at Rock Emergency. It is a big part of our job safety training programs and the way we operate. We strictly follow the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970. OSHA is a U.S. labor law governing occupational health and safety practices in the private sector and federal government. It outlines the standards for workplaces across a variety of industries and is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which conducts inspections, training, outreach, and education.
At Rock Emergency, we take the time to educate and train our technicians thoroughly before we ever let them step out on a job site. Our job safety training department is headed by Dan Rabolvsky, an OSHA 500 certified expert with over 16 years’ experience in the industry. We utilize a balanced approach to practical and theoretical training. In our classroom training, we use handouts, brochures, movies, and life experiences from veteran employees to educate our trainees.
We also do practical job safety training, both at our warehouse and out in the field, where we focus on correct equipment usage and cleaning. Some of that equipment training includes the proper use and cleaning of respirators, and fall prevention. In addition, we provide annual job safety training to ensure that our technicians have mastery over what they have learned, and to have experienced staff share their on-the-job experiences with new technicians.
On top of having the right knowledge, we ensure that our employees work in a safe and healthy environment by providing the necessary equipment to avoid common hazards that come with the job. Every technician is outfitted with respirators and is taught how to use and clean them. We also provide our staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes hard hats, safety gloves, and boots, fall-protection harnesses, and lanyards. For certain specific sites, we provide retractable full-body harnesses, industrial coveralls, and any other equipment specific to that type of site.
We continuously stay focused and dedicated to self-improvement to make sure our customers feel secure in highly stressful disaster situations. Our employees are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), NYS Department of Labor Asbestos Handling, EPA, and OSHA. During training, all of our technicians complete the OSHA 10-Hour Training. We believe in staying up-to-date with changing regulations and emerging technologies which is why our company actively attends regular training conferences and seminars. Our Head of Training, Dan Rabolvsky, is an OSHA 500-authorized, outreach trainer, which requires an 80-hour credit certification that is renewed every 4 years. Dan also takes advanced adult education classes to ensure that our technicians are trained in the most effective methods. We also encourage our technicians to do external site-specific training for job safety.
At Rock Emergency, we understand the importance of strictly abiding by OSHA rules and regulations in the cleaning, restoration, and construction industries. When disaster strikes, anxiety levels can run high. Rest assured that we know what to do to make your site safe and get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Please call us at 844-ROCK-911 if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help.
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