With Stay Home / Save Lives Executive Order 20-12 imposed upon businesses on March 23rd, 2020, apprenticeship and Journey level classes were abruptly halted at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center. After some restructuring of classroom layout and establishing CDC, OHA and OSHA compliant social distancing, sanitation and face covering requirements, apprenticeship classes resumed for the summer term however, the building was still closed to the public, including our license holding membership.
Fast forward one year now and we are slowly seeing the light and the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. There are still a number of restrictions upon certain business types, including the NIETC. Options for CEU classes are currently only via online learning and, for the majority of our course catalog, it will stay that way for some time yet.
As construction work is dangerous by nature, and energized electrical work tasks (EEW) introducing additional, unique risks, it is imperative that our crews are trained in First Aid and Basic Life Support skills. Our CBA requires it for Foreman Certification as well as the NFPA 70E when performing EEW where shock and arc hazards are not eliminated, or effectively controlled.
Members who received their FA / BLS training through the NIETC are now expired as our Coyne First Aid program issues training cards with a one-year expiration. Beginning in April, we will begin to deliver in-person FA / BLS classes for our members. There will be strict protocols in place for distancing and face coverings. While each student will receive their own manikin face piece and lung bags, there will be shared contact of the torso area during hands-on compressions. Manikins will be sanitized between each use. Cards will not be issued to students who do not complete the hands-on portion of the class. Those concerned about common contact of the manikins should not sign up for the class at this time.
Scheduled class dates will be posted shortly and registration is online. Class size is limited due to social distancing requirements. Contact me if you have any questions.