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The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) are teaming up to create and implement an online asphalt paving and milling safety training program.
This announcement follows NAPA’s endorsement of ARTBA’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals (SCTPP) started last year.
The development process will involve creating modules that can be used to prepare for a certification exam or to earn professional development hours and “build skill sets.” NAPA will also assist in recruiting paving and milling professionals to become SCTPP “subject mater experts” to help in developing exam questions.
“We are excited to partner with ARTBA to develop and promote training tools that will aid companies in implementing best practices proven to help eliminate work zone incidents,” says NAPA President Mike Acott. “Because of the unique nature of asphalt road construction work, there was a clear need for asphalt paving-/milling-specific modules within the SCTPP. We look forward to working with ARTBA and our nationally recognized experts to create the modules needed to address safe work zone and asphalt road construction practices.”
ARTBA President Pete Ruane says the goal of the certification program is to significantly reduce the yearly deaths and injuries on project job sites.
“Our partnership with NAPA moves us closer toward that goal because it allows us to reach a wider audience of key decision makers who are in the position to improve jobsite safety,” he says.
More details on the SCTPP are available at puttingsafetyfirst.org.