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November 15, 2018

Education & Professional Development


WORKSAFE Certified

November 14-15, 2018

Presenter: Brandon Black, Construction Safety Specialists, Inc.

* 3 year certification *

WORKSAFE Certified is a newly developed safety training and awareness program that will enhance the knowledge base of jobsite supervisory personnel. To become WORKSAFE Certified, individuals would need to satisfactorily complete a 2-day training curriculum that is primarily focused on hazard awareness and mitigation. Some of the topics covered include– but are not limited to– pre-planning; excavations & trenching; demo & abatement; roofing & high elevation work; electrical hazards; as well as corrective actions; OSHA Inspection Protocols and Hierarchy of Controls. Though this program is not meant to replace a 30 hour OSHA class, it does provide a higher degree of focus on construction-specific safety education and training. The WORKSAFE Certified is also an important component of the new WORKSAFE Tiered Program.

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Radon Testing and Mitigation in New and Existing Structures - Webinar

November 20, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter: J.B. Shearer, Professional House Doctors, Inc. – Des Moines, IA

Radon (Radium) is #86 on the periodic table of elements and kills about 21,000 people a year from lung cancer. Although it is an odorless and invisible gas, systems can be designed for any structure to prevent this from happening. During design stages, a rudimentary understanding of radon will allow you to ensure the safety of the occupants as well as add selling points for your bid or design. In buildings that have already been constructed, there are also many different ways to mitigate the potential risk or liability of radon induced lung cancer. In this webinar, you will learn what is expected now, and what changes will be happening in coming years as far as radon in commercial and residential construction.


Building Codes: Recent Changes and How They Affect the Contractor - Webinar

December 4, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter:  Roger Schemmel, City of Urbandale - Urbandale, IA

The building construction codes are updated every three years. Hear how the changes are created nationally and are adopted locally with an overview of the State and local adoption process of the International Building Code (IBC) the International Residential Code (IRC), the National Electrical Code (NEC), along with the International Mechanical Code. (IMC) and International Plumbing and Uniform Plumbing Codes (IPC UPC). Focus will be on the International Building Code (IBC) and what has been deleted, added, or modified and how these changes affect new or existing building projects. An additional topic will include an overview of the IRC/IBC for residential construction and the construction code differences. Whether you are a general contractor, licensed tradesperson or a product vendor you need to be aware of these changes and when to expect them. After this webinar you will have a better knowledge of how to apply the code changes, recognize potential documentation needs, understand code change rationale and be able to apply the change with confidence.