The Iron Workers and its labor-management arm, IMPACT, held a day-long event in April in which 33 ironworkers and contractor personnel took the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) certification exam. The STSC is administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and IMPACT offered the STSC prep course and exam at Local 136 in Chicago.

“We are thrilled to have had a high success rate for the STSC exam in Chicago,” says Kevin Hilton, IMPACT CEO. “The industry recognizes the need for certification to identify competency in the field of safety. The STSC certification does that for the Ironworkers and our contractors.”

IMPACT director of contractor training and development Dr. Cindy Menches also took and passed the certification exam. She is the second IMPACT staff member to become certified, following the lead of Canadian safety director Jeff Norris, who became certified in February.

“It is important for staff members at IMPACT and the Iron Workers to set the example by becoming certified,” she says. “I will continue to encourage both Ironworkers and contractor representatives to seek the certification.

“There is clear evidence in other organizations, such as AECOM, that the certification will aid ironworkers and contractors in achieving the highest levels of safety on the job.”

Launched in November 2014, the certification is appropriate for personnel who have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions and practices on construction job sites, according to a release from IMPACT. The STSC certification requires applicants to meet minimum education and experience requirements and demonstrate knowledge of basic safety and health standards.