NSC and ITI partner for hazard awareness experience
By Hannah Sundermeyer30 September 2021
The National Safety Council (NSC) and Industrial Training International (ITI) are working together to bring their hazard awareness virtual reality experience and certification to the construction industry.
The objective is to facilitate a universal benchmark for all construction workers to safely identify potential hazards at a jobsite. The exam is to be administered via a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, with desktop computer administration on the horizon. Applicants who successfully complete the exam with a passing score will be awarded the Hazard Awareness Certification, which is a five-year credential.
The Hazard Awareness Certification was developed with the participation of the NSC, Bechtel, DPR Construction, GLY Construction, Kiewit, Liberty Mutual Insurance and United Rentals. The VR experience challenges candidates to inspect a jobsite and identify several risk domains including hand tools, lock out/tag out, lifting and rigging, dropped objects and more.
“When we originally created this VR experience with Bechtel and DPR’s innovation teams, there was immediately interest in having successful candidates receive a portable certification. Once we decided to pursue it, we wanted to find a broadly accepted, market leader in construction safety to represent the certification. NSC was at the top of our list and after a quick introduction from one of our Program Advisors to the NSC team, we knew we had a great partnership in the making,” reflected Zack Parnell, CEO of ITI.
The Hazard Awareness Certification will debut at the upcoming NSC Safety Congress & Expo scheduled to take place October 11-13, 2021, in Orlando, FL.