Safety Leader 101 imageMADISON — The newest offering from ABC of Wisconsin’s Construction U aims to help member companies develop their safety supervisors and managers into safety leaders.

Safety Leader 101 will debut this fall at the ABC of Wisconsin Training Center in Madison, offering a 48-hour, six-session course over a six-month period that provides the tools needed to develop safety leaders, regardless of job title. Students will explore the importance of leadership, cultural transformation and the safety management process.

Don Moen, ABC of Wisconsin’s human resources and safety director, said the course was developed with smaller companies in mind, particularly those with fewer than 50 employees, where the safety person typically wears many hats.

“A lot of times, safety is going to be one of the supervisor or superintendent’s responsibilities, along with the other functions of the job,” Moen said. “The thought behind this is to be able to get to those people and those frontline supervisors, superintendents, lead people, along with whoever’s designated the safety person, and give them basic training in running safety programs, running safety on a construction jobsite, and how to deal with people with safety issues so they can continue to lower accidents on the jobsite and be more productive.”

The series will begin Nov. 12 and continue to meet monthly through April 2020. Participants will receive a certificate at the course’s completion. Safety Leader 101 participants are required to have completed OSHA 30 training prior to starting the class.

Safety Leader 101 is expected to be the first of two new safety leadership programs under Construction U, said Wayne Belanger, director of education for ABC of Wisconsin. A second advanced-level course is currently under development.

The course’s six areas of study are:

• The Road to World-Class Safety – Nov. 12, 2019
• Risk Analysis and Hazard Control – Dec. 11, 2019
• Inspections, Observations and Site Plans – Jan. 22, 2020
• Leading by Training – Feb. 19, 2020
• Conducting Effective Safety Meetings and Emergency Plans ¬– March 18, 2020
• Successfully Managing Incidents – April 15, 2020


The course will be taught primarily by Mark Miner, an assistant professor in building construction safety and occupational safety at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with the lead-off session taught by Jared Weber, one of ABC of Wisconsin’s safety managers.

“For decades, our industry has made great strides to become safer, but the structure, subjects offered, the focus, the length and the energy and commitment associated with this program will take that effort to an entirely new level, and I am excited to part of that effort,” Miner said.