CCS Changes its Certification Program!


The Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) has announced they are going to unleash several updates to their “Certification Program” that will become effective on January 1, 2017.  These changes will affect the grading criteria used during their Safety Program Review process, and also require additional documents to be submitted annually during renewal.  Here is a summary of these changes…


  • Safety Directors must complete an OSHA 30-Hour course or greater.
  • AED certification will be required for employees exposed to live energized parts.
  • A Silica Control Plan will be required for those who are exposed to silica.
  • Confined Space Entry plans must be written to satisfy OSHA’s Confined Space in Construction Standard (i.e. reference to a Competent Person, use of early warning system when engulfment is possible, etc).
  • Post-Accident drug testing must reflect OSHA’s latest requirements on this matter.

BEST PRACTICES  (Partial List)

  • Safety Directors complete an OSHA 500 course.
  • AED’s are onsite and available.
  • Heat and Cold Stress policy are written.
  • Workplace Violence policy is written.
  • PM’s, Superintendents and/or Foremen achieve the STSC designation.


  • OSHA 300 Logs (without names)
  • Workers Compensation Loss Runs (without names)
  • Certificates of Insurance
  • MWBE Certifications

Let us know if you need help updating your Safety Program!  Click here for a comprehensive list of the new grading criteria, and click here for more detail on the additional document requirements.

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