The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) announces its online training and testing for concrete cutting operators is available through ProTraining.com. Five safety videos have converted to online safety courses for Flat Sawing, Wall Sawing, Core Drilling, Hand Sawing, and Wire Sawing. These online training courses are not meant in any way to take away from the current courses offered by CSDA at their training facility in Clearwater, Florida. However, these are shorter versions of courses covering the five basic techniques of sawing and drilling with diamond tools and can be taken by any operator or employee in their own home, at any time, day or night. ProTraining.com is an operating division of Leading Edge Technology Inc., a private company providing online testing to more than 100,000 users in dozens of industries. CSDA, a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the concrete construction and renovation industry, plans to start with these five courses and add more quickly. To access the courses, visit www.csda.org and click on the Online Training icon.
Since the partnership of CSDA and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) on March 16, 2006, in Washington, D.C., they have produced a new safety series, CSDA/OSHA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations. CSDA and OSHA hope to provide vital materials that will help foster a safe work environment and will help to advance the safety and training of sawing and drilling professionals. They are also working on developing a Motor Vehicle Safety Best Practice Seminar. For information, contact the office of CSDA at (727) 577-5004.