The OSHA/IWCA Alliance was created to provide important information and tools to the window cleaning industry. Please click on the tabs below for documents and information you can start using in your window cleaning business today! Bookmark this page and look for New and Updated resources often. Our goal is to provide you with safety and training information to keep your business running smoothly and your employees safe!
OSHA has developed a Web page exclusively for the IWCA. This page is a great resource that contains links that are helpful in your day-to-day business, and will include links to products and programs developed by the IWCA OSHA Alliance. To access this page click on the link listed below:
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and this affects the window cleaning industry.
Distracted driving is unsafe and window cleaners spend a lot of time driving from job to job. In fact, in 2013 alone, 91 people a day died on American roads in car accidents. Don’t let this happen to you or your employees.
NSC launched this first national outreach campaign to focus on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving. According to NSC, there are plenty of campaigns that talk about the risks of texting and driving, but none that target hands-free. A recent NSC poll found 80% of Americans mistakenly believe that using hands-free is a safe choice while driving.
NSC offers a wide variety of free tools and resources at nsc.org/callskill. Here are just a few ways you can help:
- Post a link to our edgy PSA on your social channels
- Share materials like fact sheets and posters
- Post your pledge to drive cell-free on your facebook page and tag your friends and family
- Attend and promote our free webinars
- Post our Infographics on your website and social channels
Be safe and drive safe.
This announcement is brought to you by OSHA’s Alliance Program.
IWCA Water-fed Pole Safety Program
Through the OSHA and the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) Alliance, IWCA developed a safety training program which provides employees in the window cleaning industry with information on safe use of water-fed poles. The program contains practical precautions and instruction to help window cleaners reduce risks at job sites while taking into account the requirements for the job. (2011, September)
Water-fed Pole Quick Cards
Through the OSHA and the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) Alliance, IWCA developed a Quick Card which provides employees in the window cleaning industry with information on safe use of water-fed poles. The document contains practical precautions to help reduce the hazards at job sites for workers in the window cleaning industry and provides a quick reference to safe practices. (2012, June; Spanish translation 2012, November)
CLICK HERE to access the Water-fed Pole Quick Cards in Spanish.
CLICK HERE to access the Water-fed Pole Quick Cards in English.
As part of our efforts to keep you informed of OSHA’s activities and resources, please see the information below on the Agency’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.
Friday was the first day of summer! Stay cool all summer long with Water.Rest.Shade and resources from OSHA’s nationwide Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers.
Visit www.osha.gov/heat for valuable resources, including low-literacy fact sheets, training guides for employers and workers, and posters! A new Portuguese wallet card and a Bilingual Information Sheet are now available.
OSHA is continuing its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service to include worker safety precautions in their Excessive Heat Watch, Warning, and Advisory Products.
All of our resources are available in Spanish. In addition, an updated version of the Spanish website is now posted.
Know the signs and symptoms
Know how to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses