How Skilled Workers Reduce Safety Risk

Aug 26, 2019About Power Vac America, Association News, Hvac System Cleaning

Over the past year, the USG Corporation and US Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly Commercial Construction Index has documented a marked concern regarding the availability of skilled labor and its impact on worker and jobsite safety—last year, the Q3 Commercial Construction Index reported the lack of skilled workers as the number one factor impacting increased jobsite safety risks.

At Power Vac America, we are here to relieve your skilled labor and workplace safety concerns. We are proud to assure you that our team of technicians are all highly skilled, and embody our company’s values of professionalism and honesty. Moreover, we promise to uphold the highest industry safety practices, both for our workers, and for the specific jobsite.

Each member of the Power Vac America Commercial Cleaning Crew has the following qualifications:

  • Basic Plus Safety Certification
  • Aerial Lift Training
  • TWIC
  • OSHA-10

At the company-level, Power Vac America has the following:

  • NADCA’s Outstanding Safety Award (21 years running, since the program’s inception)
  • “A” rating from LyondellBasell
  • ISNetworld subscription
  • “Active” NASAP Status
  • “Active” NASBC Status
  • Two Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) on staff
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Registration awarded A/C Contractor’s License

In addition to all of our routine safety and training programs, the Power Vac America crew leaders also perform daily, and pre-work, jobsite safety assessments.  These safety assessments are then evaluated in-house during regular roundtable meetings—we can write down a list of all the imaginable safety-related items, but none of those list items will mean anything if they aren’t followed by some context and understanding about why and how they are important. Our roundtable meetings include the entire Power Vac America family: all of the crew members, office staff, and management, and invite everyone to discuss what is working and what isn’t, and talk about ways that we can apply the skills learned on one jobsite to our future jobs. With everyone communicating on the same page, safety falls into place!

We know that it is an act of trust to invite a new contractor onto a job. We also know that nothing will undermine that trust faster than finding unskilled or careless technicians onsite, which is why you can count on us to NEVER do that. We will prioritize your trust, and always show up with technicians who are professionally trained and committed to providing the highest-quality air duct cleaning service in the most honest and professional manner.

For more information about our safety and training affiliations, please explore the selected tabs below.

the Houston Area Safety Council’s (HASC) mission is to build safe workplaces by improving the quality and integrity of the workforce. They offer hands-on, task-based, and tool-specific training with an emphasis on safety, hazard recognition, and proper techniques. They provide training on a wide-range of safety topics through general awareness computer-based courses, as well as site- and company-specific training to assure a baseline of safety comprehension throughout the workforce.

 HASC

The OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program is intended to provide an entry-level construction worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. This course covers the following: Chemical Product Labels and Safety Data Sheets; OSHA Focus Four Hazards; Personal Protective Equipment; Health Hazards in Construction; Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors; Stairways and Ladders; Lead Exposure; and Asbestos Exposure.

OSHA-10

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities/vessels, and others who require a TWIC. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person’s eligibility and issues the credential.

TWIC Card

NADCA is an international professional organization committed to the advancement and integrity of HVAC inspection, cleaning, and restoration. They publish a universal standard for evaluating HVAC systems and for providing a thorough HVAC system cleaning. Additionally, they are the governing body that awards the ASCS licenses and the Outstanding Safety Award.

ISNetworld is an online contractor management platform that helps organizations manage internal and governmental compliance requirements. Contractors and suppliers submit health, safety, quality, risk and regulatory information as requested by Hiring Clients. A team then evaluates the accuracy, relevance, and timeliness of this information based on four categories: Health, Safety, Environmental, and Quality; Insurance and Procurement; Employee-Level Qualification; and Audits and Evaluations. By making sure that the information provided is up-to-date and meets the Hiring Client’s qualifications, ISNetworld is able to put Hiring Clients in contact with safe, reliable and sustainable contractors and suppliers, and thereby improve workplace safety and efficiency.

The North American Substance Abuse Program is a standardized substance abuse testing program that promotes a safe and substance abuse-free work force. The goal of standardization here is to reduce repetitious drug testing/screening of Contractor employees and Members, and to expedite the access of Contractor employees and Members to Owner Facility jobs without the delay and cost of waiting for test results. Program requirements state that substance abusers cannot enter NASAP-compliant worksites until they have fulfilled rehabilitation, and in some cases, lockout requirements. HASC maintains NASAP database for Owners/Operators and Contractors to check individual status (active or inactive).

The North American Background Screening Consortium is modeled after highly successful NASAP, and is a standardized and reciprocal criminal background-screening program, designed to meet Owner/Operator site requirements and assist Contractors in compliance with multiple site access.

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