Competent Person Training-Suspended Scaffold May 8

SAIA Competent Person Training-Suspended Scaffold May 8
SAIA is hosting the Competent Person Training-Suspended Scaffold on Thursday, May 8 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Holiday Inn Boston Peabody, 1 Newbury Street, Peabody, MA  64106.

This program is designed for suspended scaffold users and covers all the safety aspects regarding suspended scaffold stages, ropes, regulations, guardrail requirements, fall protection, hoists and installation components. The course format includes a combination of presentation, question and answer, and final exam.

Participants who score 70% or higher on the competent person written exam will receive a certificate of completion and wallet card from the SAIA Training Program, certifying completion of Competent Person Training with Suspended Scaffold.

  • The course includes the training manual, Safety Training for Suspended Scaffolds, with self-test questions for each chapter.
  • The chapter self-tests, are included in the manual. The final exam is largely based on the questions in the self-tests and it is important that students correctly answer all the self-test questions. The correctly completed self-test questions become a very useful study guide to prepare for the final exam.

How to prepare:
We recommend that you register early in order to allow yourself plenty of time to study. It is absolutely necessary that participants read the textbook and complete all of the self-tests. Please bring the textbook on the day of the class for review.

Note: If your competent person designation is older than three years old, it is expired. You can re-certify at this course.

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. SAIA Competent Person Training Suspended Scaffold
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

Course fees are as follows:
SAIA, IWCA, SWRI, Member Rate: $300
Non-Member Rate: $400

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IWCA Safety Training in Columbus, Ohio April 19th

IWCA - International Window Cleaning Association

Register Today for the IWCA Safety Training in Columbus, Ohio, April 19

The IWCA Safety Training Seminar provides your workers with comprehensive safety training, giving your company the edge it needs to succeed in the window cleaning industry. Preventing accidents through proper training not only reduces your liability, but also improves worker performance and quality of workmanship.

The IWCA Safety Training Seminar provides both extensive classroom training and hands-on instruction of boom-lift safety, ladder safety and self-rescue techniques. Each participant will have the opportunity for one-on-one instruction on proper safety procedures under the direction of qualified safety trainers. The next seminar is Friday, April 19 at the Doubletree Hotel Columbus/Worthington in Columbus, Ohio.

Don’t miss our vendor Open House and Reception the Night before. You can make your hotel reservations by calling 800-870-0349 and ask for the IWCA special rate of $105 plus tax.

The deadline for this rate is April 3, 2013. Please reserve your hotel room before April 3.

Register online today or download the Columbus Safety Training brochure now.

Purchase Your Summary of Glass Committee Bulletin For Your Customers

Order the one-page summary today of the Systematic Cleaning and Restoration of Architectural Glass bulletin. This new bulletin provides scientific evidence and answers to the question: How often should I have my glass cleaned, and why? This document will prove to be invaluable to window cleaners who wish to provide industry evidence as to why a glass cleaning maintenance schedule is required to maintain the long-term integrity of their glass.

With every order of the one-page summary, we’ll include a copy of the full 10-page bulletin.

Click Here to Order Today!


Is It Legal To Do High Rise Window Cleaning By Yourself?

Written By: Jeffrey Scott

You must have an emergency rescue plan included work plan. It is best if you always have someone on site who can safely perform a pick off rescue. If you are just gonna wait for the fire dept. to show up be aware:

In the event that assisted rescue by means of suspension must be performed, it is vitally important that all parties involved (on site employees, facilities personnel and emergency medical personnel) have a clear awareness and understanding regarding orthostatic intolerance, suspension trauma and the site-specific situation at hand.

Below is a list of recommendations to reference during assisted rescue:

A person who is unconscious while suspended from their PFAS (Personal Fall Arrest System) must be rescued immediately and safely as possible.

A person who is conscious while suspended from their PFAS and cannot immediately perform self-rescue, instruct them to elevate their legs and contract their leg muscles periodically until help arrives.

Be aware of signs and symptoms pertaining to orthostatic intolerance such as breathlessness, dizziness, faintness, hot flashes, increased heart rate, loss of vision, nausea, paleness, sweating, unusually low blood pressure and unusually low heart rate.

Be aware of factors that may affect the degree of risk pertaining to suspension trauma such as blood loss, cardiovascular disease, dehydration, fatigue, hypothermia, inability to move legs, injuries during fall, pain, respiratory disease and shock.

Once the person is rescued and lowered to the ground floor level, DO NOT allow them to lie flat, unless CPR is required, or stand up.

For a semi-conscious or unconscious person who has already been placed in a horizontal position, follow standard first-aid guidelines. DO NOT raise the rescued employee back to the sitting or standing position.

If the person is unconscious, keep their air passages open and follow standard procedures for ABC’s.

Administer only minimal fluid via IV administration in the absence of blood lose. After 20 – 40 minutes following the rescue and fluid administration, the rate of infusion can be increased to facilitate dieresis, as renal failure is a common complication.

Hypoglycemia should be corrected with an IV bolus of 25 grams of 50% dextrose-in-water.

Monitor the ECG for electrical abnormalities, such as hyperkalemia, peaked T waves, prolonged QT intervals, widened QRS complexes etc.

Monitor the blood pressure. Hypertension may indicate hyperkalemia and the onset of crush syndrome.

Consider additional drugs such as IV biocarbonate, calcium chloride, albuterol or insulin.

Transport the rescued person in a sitting position for at least 30 minutes post-release from the vertical motionless position.


SPRAT and/or IRATA certification
is priceless.

Need high rise window cleaning training? 

Contact Jeffrey Scott

(608) 770-0791

Jeff is certified IRATA level 2 & SPRAT level 2. Belongs to the IWCA Board of Directors/ Education Committee Chair. Has over 20 years of window cleaning experience and high rise experience. And is a candidate for the SPRAT Board of Directors.

OSHA & IWCA Renew Alliance to Protect Workers from Industry Hazards

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration renewed its Alliance with the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) to address slips, trips, falls from heights, and the safe use of high-reach access equipment such as ladders and scaffolding in the window cleaning industry.

“Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths in the window cleaning industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. “We look forward to continuing our work with the IWCA to provide workplace training and education to help ensure that workers are aware of on-the-job hazards and reduce injuries throughout the industry.”

During the two-year agreement, the Alliance members will develop effective training and education programs for window cleaning contractors with low literacy and limited English speaking workers on the recognition and prevention of workplace accidents cleaning windows and solar panels. New and existing materials will be translated to help train and educate Spanish-speaking workers, who comprise about 50 percent of the industry.

IWCA is a non-profit trade association representing more than 500 national and international member companies that employ more than 10,000 workers.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with businesses, trade associations, unions, consulates, professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. For more information, visit

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

Update Us @ IWCA 2012 NOLA

What’s going on in at the IWCA (International Window Cleaners Association) in New Orleans, LA (NOLA) ? Are you there? What do you see? New Products? Cool Tools?

Let us know by posting pictures or videos on our Facebook page!

What is this event? Read about it here:

Bull Ring at IWCA 2012 NOLA

Hey Guys!


If you guys are currently in New Orleans, LA attending the IWCA Education & Forum Showcase make sure to stop by our booth and mention to Steve “I wanna ride the bull” and get an entry into a drawing for Dangerous Dave’s Bull Ring Towel Holster!

Drawing will be Friday at the end of Vendor booth time. 


A Window Washers World Investigated

An article about the working conditions of high rise window cleaners done by FOX 9 Investigators in Minnesota. Minneapolis has had the highest window washing accident rate in the United States since 2007 according to the IWCA.

Read the full article here: Investigators: A Window Washer’s World:

Learn more about safety conditions and join the Internation Window Cleaners Association (IWCA)

Keep up with OSHA Regulations:

AJ Lopata is a window cleaner who started his business in 1989.

AJ LopataAJ Lopata is a window cleaner who started his business in 1989. He was working for a company with an older window cleaner who had some side jobs and was convinced to pick up some side jobs of his own. So he did and soon he had enough jobs to quit working for that company and start his own business. His company now specializes in Commercial High Rise.

He recently attended the IWCA Safety Seminar is Pittsburgh because hes been a member since 1991 and was happy to support them in his home town. He brought 6 employees with him for safety training and wanted them to learn and live that safety begins with each person. That the importance of a written plan of service and inspection of equipment is critical in this industry.

When comparing the cost of the training to the value to what was learned, it was worth every penny! He thinks the water-fed pole is the best new thing in the industry to him although, his favorite is the 18in Brass Squeegee. For all the new guys getting into the business, his advice is to first work for a residential or commercial company, get educated then start your own business and join the IWCA.

Check out his website:

Window Washing Competition

Who’s here in Florida already??

We’ve already had a busy day today.
Check out some pictures of us setting up our booth. (#41 by the way)
Setting up booths

Also, here they will be holding a contest for the Worlds Fastest Window Cleaner.

Who’s competing this year?

We know Phil from SimPole will be. Check him out at last years IWCA convention.