Owners, Contractors, Workers & Instructors working together to make the construction job-site a safer place to work
About the Organization
Being aware of safety procedures and expectations isn’t enough anymore. Employers and employees must refocus on safety and work to be 100 percent accident-free. That’s precisely why Southwest Safety Training Alliance (SSTA) was created in 1997. The purpose of this non-profit organization is to improve safety awareness and performance on construction job-sites. SSTA is made up of manufacturing companies, general and specialized contractors, building trades/crafts organizations, educational entities, municipalities and others with a keen interest in safety. Working together, they establish, maintain and provide standardized safety training and record keeping that is crucial to businesses that must keep safety at the forefront. According to OSHA, the responsibility for improving jobsite safety lies with employers. In fact, where joint-employer or multi-employer sites exist and/or owner-independent contractors are present, the responsibility of managing safety belongs to owners, host employers and general contractors.
About The Training
Southwest Safety Training Alliance classes are taught by approved instructors who have been OSHA-endorsed to teach either general industry (1910) or construction industry (1926) courses.
Training can be provided in a number of ways:
- A business can have its own instructors approved to train employees
- Use a third-party safety consultant who is approved to train your employees
- A trade or apprenticeship program or authorized organization may conduct the training
Following completion of the16-hour training program, SSTA issues each student a card. This program also qualifies the individual for the OSHA 10-hour outreach-training card (issued by the authorized instructor).Participating owners (contractor users) will accept the SSTA card as meeting the minimal safety training requirements. To date, more than 40,000 students throughout the Southwest have participated in the 16-hour SSTA training course and more than 5,000 have completer the 8-hour refresher training course.