‘Demolition Academy’ Intensive Training Program Runs In Tandem with Demolition Convention in San Antonio

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The National Demolition Association’s ‘Demolition Academy’ slated for March 9 and 10, is scheduled immediately before this year’s NDA Annual Convention in Texas. The intent is to help convention attendees looking for safety training to economize on travel costs, according to the NDA.

The longevity of the Demolition Academy training program can be attributed to the value it delivers to everyone from the rank and file members of an organization all the way to top management.

The National Demolition Association (NDA) will present its 17th Demolition Academy – an intensive safety and management training program aimed at professionals involved in all aspects of the demolition process – at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, TX, March 9-10, immediately preceding the Association’s Annual Convention in the historic city.

The NDA Convention, the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world, runs March 10-13, opening on Saturday afternoon with a Golf Tournament. The Exhibit Hall at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center opens to attendees on Sunday.

“The longevity of the Demolition Academy training program can be attributed to the value it delivers to everyone from the rank and file members of an organization all the way to top management,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA Executive Director. “It should be an essential part of every company’s safety training program. We scheduled it just prior to our convention this year to help attendees save on travel costs.”

On both days, the Demolition Academy offers the “OSHA 10-hour Demolition Specific Program,” taught by NDA Board Member Mike Casbon of ERM and other members of the NDA Safety Committee. The course covers all element of OSHA’s training requirements for the demolition process, including the “Focus Four” hazards; personal protective equipment; health hazards in construction; hand and power tools; scaffolding; and safety issues specific to a demolition work site. The course offers an OSHA completion card.

On the afternoon of March 9, NDA Past President Ray Passeno, CIH, CHMM of Bierlein Companies presents “Industrial Hygiene 101,” which covers basic industrial hygiene for non-industrial hygienists. It focuses on the specific issues present on a demolition work site. That course is followed by “Universal Waste Identification, Removal, Packaging and Disposal” course, taught by Jason Haus, NDA Environmental Committee Chair and executive with Dem-Con Companies. Topics in this course include the regulatory requirements for universal waste removal and the proper techniques for recognized, removing, packaging and disposing of universal wastes.

On Saturday March 10, Dr. Mark Shaurette, Purdue University assistant professor and author of the groundbreaking textbook “Demolition: Practices, Technology and Management,” (Purdue Press, available in hardcover and e-format) will present the course “Project Management.” Attendees will see how a demolition project progresses from project award to close-out, with emphasis placed on demolition site management.

Registration for the Demolition Academy can be completed online at the NDA website http://www.demolitionassociation.com or by calling 800-541-2412.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations. The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The website is http://www.demolitionassociation.com.

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