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Committee Chair Memo ASA Safety Committee: The commitment to safety is more than hard hats and safety glasses By Oscar Duckworth A strong commitment to safety has always of the module, safe practices and specific worker risks unique been a primary goal of ASA. Our efforts to to our craft are discussed in great detail. promote safe shotcrete practices have been Experienced shotcrete workers know that many of our daily voiced through safety-related resources routines can quickly become hazardous if implemented improperly. available through the Association, the Safety The new Education Module illustrates safe practices from the Shooter segment of Shotcrete magazine, and shotcrete worker’s perspective, through actual job-site conditions. through the ongoing efforts of the members The Education Module’s enhanced safety focus provides an of the ASA Safety Committee. excellent opportunity to deliver an effective safety message to all future nozzleman candidates during the certification process. This ASA Education Module for group is by far the most at-risk segment of the workforce. Shotcrete Certification Historically, many inexperienced nozzlemen have come into the Recently, ASA’s completely revised ACI Nozzleman Certifica- certification process with little or no structured safety instruction. tion Education Module was introduced at the 2014 World of Because attendance at an ASA-Approved Nozzleman Education Concrete ASA Committee Meetings in Las Vegas, NV. This program is a mandatory requirement prior to certification, noz- module, and the current version of ACI CP-60 (09), “Craftsman zleman candidates will receive critically important information Workbook for ACI Certification of Shotcrete Nozzlemen,” will regarding safe shotcrete placement practices. function as the primary education and reference components for ASA Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete all Nozzleman candidates who certify through the Association. The new module shares many of the previous education pro- Correspondingly, ASA also recently released a completely gram’s learning objectives regarding concrete and shotcrete prop- new document titled “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete.” This erties, mixture proportions, placement principles, and environmental enormous undertaking represents over two decades of archived precautions. But the new program focuses more deeply on current photos and shared personal experiences as a professional techniques, equipment configurations, and concrete admixture nozzleman. Our pride in bringing this document to print cannot selections common to today’s typical scope of shotcrete placement. be overstated. The results of this effort will function as the By far the largest change to the program is the significant primary safety-related reference material for all future educa- addition of safety training material. Throughout the chapters tion and training programs administered through the Associa- tion. “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” is by far the largest and most comprehensive shotcrete safety training and education resource ever produced. This informative text includes dozens of illustrations that focus on current techniques, equipment configurations, and work hazards common to today’s typical scope of shotcrete placement. This resource provides an excellent opportunity to deliver an easy-to-understand, effective safety message to the most at-risk segment of the industry. Just like hard hats and safety glasses, a copy of this vital reference material should be within reach of any worker involved with shotcrete placement. Through the continuing effort of the ASA Safety Committee, “Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” will be developed into and become available as a separate ASA Safety Education training program. The proposed seminar will cover safe placement practices, wear and inspection, blockage, pump operator duties, preventative maintenance, and other critical safety-related topics. Stay tuned for updates on the Typical slide depicting safety hazard availability of this program. 4 Shotcrete • Spring 2014


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