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Hands-On Safety Training: Typical Schedule
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Here is a look at a typical day... A Spanish Translator will be on-site

7:30 am Breakfast and Introductions

8:00-9:30 am Plan Ahead for Safety-Stefan Bright, IWCA Safety Director

This comprehensive seminar reviews a brief history of the efforts of the International Window Cleaning Association toward the development of safety programs and nationally recognized standards. In addition, the remainder of this session addresses proper planning with regards to equipment use, identifying hazards, site assessments and fall protection.

10:00-11:30 am Breakout Session: Working Safely around High Rise with Rope Descending Systems (RDS)

Proper training is critical for workers using rope-descending systems. Gain an understanding of the proper equipment selection, inspection and maintenance, accepted rigging practices, fall arrest requirements and rescue considerations.

10:00-11:30 am Concurrent Breakout Session: Working Safely Around Route/Residential

Working around from the ground up is extremely dangerous. You could fall off a ladder or damage priceless artwork. Whether you clean residential or commercial windows, you must be thinking all the time. In this class you will learn how to become more competent in window cleaning by modifying attitudes and behaviors in safety.

11:40-12:30 pm Cal/OSHA

A Senior Safety Engineer from the Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety will be on hand to share their knowledge about window cleaning safety and proper behavior window cleaners should practice during their daily routines. Expect to hear about the importance of planning ahead and how to identify hazards and prevent them from causing harm.

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch

1:45-3:00 pm IWCA Certification Testing (for those who passed online testing)

1:45-4:00 pm Hands-on demonstrations:


If you are working on a boatswains chair or a swingstage, would you know what to do if something malfunctioned and you were hanging from the top of a 20-story building? This session will give all attendees the opportunity to learn the dangers of fall arrest trauma and what they can do to save themselves or their co-workers in an emergency.

Ladder Safety

As simple as it may seem to use a ladder, many disabling injuries occur each year due to improper use of ladders. Learn the "Dos” and the "Don’ts” that can keep you from becoming a victim of falling from a ladder, plus learn about proper selection for the specific job you are conducting.

Aerial Lift Safety

Are you following the proper safety procedures while operating your aerial lift? The hands-on portion of this course will include each student participating in the operation of the lift while getting safe use tips from the instructor. Lift training will be provided by Sunbelt Rentals, an IWCA Member Value Program (MVP) participant.

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