FrameSAFE 4.0: Easy Access to the Best Training Resources

Originally published by the following source: National Framers Council

By Mindy Caldwell

The National Framers Council (NFC) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of version 4 of its FrameSAFE program in August. Living up to its mission to develop and implement best practices to help ensure framers leave the jobsite each day in the same health as they arrived, this bilingual guide for safety on the jobsite has become the industry standard for framer safety since its initial rollout three years ago.

Developed by framers, for framers, FrameSAFE is an affordable, turnkey safety program based on OSHA 1926 requirements. In addition to a new module outlining new silica control guidelines, the development of this latest version is focused on improvements in two important areas: enhanced implementation guidance and easier access to resources via web-based delivery.

“Up to this point, FrameSAFE development has been focused on the content of the manual, making sure that we are covering all important areas of safety for framers on the jobsite,” explains NFC safety committee chair Ken Shifflett of Ace Carpentry in Manassas, Virginia. “In version 4, we turned our attention to making the rollout of the program as straightforward as possible with a brand new, step-by-step implementation guide.”

A team of regional mentors was also created to support new FrameSAFE subscribers as they delve into all the program has to offer. These experienced framers are available to assist with any questions subscribers have about implementing the program. “Help is only a phone call or email away,” says David Klatzkin, a FrameSAFE mentor and safety committee member from Hull Associates in Grand Prairie, Texas. “Don’t hesitate to contact your regional mentor or NFC staff. We’re here to help.”

Overall access to FrameSAFE resources has also been streamlined as subscribers will now view and download their customized safety manual through the NFC website, where they will also find a variety of other FrameSAFE resources at their fingertips. In addition to the comprehensive safety manual and new implementation guide, the FrameSAFE toolbox will include a searchable library of training, safety awareness, and reporting/recordkeeping resources. These resources include everything from Toolbox Talks and safety posters to inspection checklists and accident reports.

“Our goal has always been to get a safety program into the hands of framers and their subcontractors that is affordable, easy to follow, and in their language,” says Ken. “FrameSAFE is specific to framers and allows us to train on the same topics as our subs, to be able to have the same expectations for safety on the job. With the enhancements in version 4, more than ever FrameSAFE will ensure everybody is talking the same talk, looking for the same issues, and making sure the workers are protected in the same manner all the time.”

For more information about the FrameSAFE program, visit www.framerscouncil.org/framesafe. Current NFC members with a paid subscription will receive an email from NFC staff in early August with more information about how to log in and access FrameSAFE 4.0.

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