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jssat
01-15-2010, 06:22 PM
Just finished my 30 hour class for becoming OSHA certified (yee-ha). The state now requires us to be certified if we do any work on a construction site. Just another way for the state to collect money from us. I doubt that the state has enough employees to enforce this(just like State contractors board). I hope that no one else has to go through this. I had to put my installers through a 10 hour class and my supervisors through the 30 hour.

WesternNC
01-17-2010, 08:49 AM
Yes, I have done it. I had to take like 9 different classes. But it was not because of a state regulation. Most of the larger companies are requiring it on the industrial side. I also do industrial machine controls and install CNC machinery. If you want to come on to their property and work you have to play by their rules. On the flip side, they are only able to use contractors that have the certification. I think you are going to see more and more of this. I was talking to a maintenance planner at one of the facilities about it and they said that they require all of their employees to have the training. Why would we let a contractor onto the property without the same training? But I can see where for some it is just too much trouble.

jssat
01-17-2010, 02:12 PM
I think it would be a great idea for the low voltage industry to come up with a nationwide CERTIFICATION. Not that I want to travel out of my state, but to keep others from coming in. I get phone calls almost every day from out of state companies asking me to do work for them. By state law they are acting as a General Contractor if they are offering me work and if they don't have a state contractors license I am breaking the law if I accept the work. I wasn't too happy about the OSHA certification because of the cost, but it would help get rid of some of the hacks out there. Could you imagine if DIRECTV and Dishnet had to go by these standards. They would push all the cost onto the installers and all hell would break out.