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--- Quote from: mutant on Jun 12, 2009, 11:05 ---A 40-hour OSHA course does not make a safety dude or dudette the same way passing the NRRPT exam does not make you a competent HP or having the OSHA scaffologist cert makes you a good carpenter. 

Safety it is not the cake walk job it appears to be.   

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Mutant-- Thanks for the quote, however that has nothing to do with the question that was asked. I was asking what training would get me geared up --- I do not believe that there is a 40 hr OSHA course anyway. There isnt a certificaftion out there that makes you a "professional" in any industry, but it does give you the knowledge to becoming one to grow further.

Beercourt-- Thank you sir for all of your words of wisdom and that would be from real life experience. In your first post you gave me a baseline to start with. Iam not saying that being a safety professional/specialist is an easy money. By all means that would be totally opposite. You have the workers just wanting to prove you wrong constantly, sitting in front of a number of grown folks wanting to fall asleep each time you speak, others that think your job is a total waste of money and as you said management taking any opportunity to push you aside so that a job can get done.

As far as the whole Union tradesman, that does not bother me in the least bit, I work very hard and really cannot care what a "steward" has to say -- there is not much that he or she says or does that reflects upon my longevity of a job or my concerns at a job. The union contract is just about the same,, Contractors do just about what they wish as long as they keep members working, the union is happy. I personally have had it with beating the heck out of my body and firmly believe that I do not want to be building @ the age of 50!!

I wish to just choose a different road, not too worried about how hard it is or what it takes to get started, it is what I have an interest in and what I would like to do for the rest of my working career.

NOT looking for a cakewalk- if I was I would have never been a Carpenter!!

Thank you in advance for any information. Take care   


Amen, Brother.

The Safety guys come in two flavors:  1) the burned-out looking to quietly cruise into retirement without ever again doing anything useful, and 2) busy-body hero wannabees too lame to actually get into the fire department.

After 2 years group 2 loses steam and merges into group 1.

Ponder deeply: Can I get passionate about chinstraps?  Will proper earplug use fulfill my purpose on earth?  Can my kids really be proud of daddy's new parking lot speedbump?

Already Gone:
It's not such a minority anymore.  We are a growing breed.  But there are more flavors than Baskin-Robbins.  My current roster is around 40 people.  There are 40 distinct personalities.  The one thing they all have in common is a true passion for what we do.  I work a lot harder than I did when I was swinging a meter - but I don't get nearly as tired.  It is always interesting, always new, frequently frustrating, and sometimes impossible.   But, I love doing it, and I can tell you that there are at least 40 other people who feel the same as I do about that.


--- Quote from: BeerCourt on Jun 16, 2009, 10:51 --- It is always interesting, always new, ....

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That's an understatement. In many places, safety and IH merge and then you deal with more issues than you can imagine...then, if you really want to make it interesting, get into a job like the one I'm in, where you throw in environmental issues. Now THAT's livin'!!!

Ok I am leaving safety and going to work ALARA  back to hp land. how that for a jump.


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