October 2018—NCCCO representatives continue to actively participate in the international certification and accreditation community with recent staff representation at the annual meeting of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) in Singapore; a special presentation to the Singapore Ministry of Manpower; the annual conference of the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA); a workshop for Zambian government officials on regulatory decision making in Lusaka; and a keynote presentation at the 2018 International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) conference hosted by the South African College Principals Organization in Cape Town, South Africa.
NCCCO’s Director of Certification, Bob Mahlman, who serves as President of IVETA, made a presentation entitled A Model Collaboration between Industry, Government, and Training Providers in the Crane Industry to more than 400 delegates representing 25 countries. A major subtheme of the conference (August 13–16) focused on collaborations and partnerships between government, industry, and training providers.
The IVETA event was preceded by three weeks by a conference with a similar theme in Lusaka, Zambia. At the invitation of the Standards Alliance, an initiative of ANSI and USAID, NCCCO CEO Graham Brent met with more than 60 regulators from various sectors of industry in the country to discuss best practices in regulatory design and development. Drawing on Brent’s 25 years of experience with OSHA’s crane rule initiative, the delegates navigated the regulatory process using actual examples drawn from Zambian industry including construction, material handling, and agriculture.
“I’m fairly sure the founding fathers of NCCCO, more than two decades ago, would not have anticipated a situation where their organization might assist governments and industry more than 9,000 miles away in the development of effective regulatory pathways and consensus standards,” said Brent. “But our ability to make a meaningful contribution to regulatory debates internationally is yet further evidence of the diversity of experience to which NCCCO has been exposed while creating its successful national certification programs.”
Right: NCCCO CEO Graham Brent caught up with ANSI Senior Director of Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs, Dr. Vijay Krishna, at the 25th Anniversary meeting of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) held in Singapore in October.
Below: Brent also met with Er. Mohd Ismadi, Director (OSH Specialist Department) of the Occupational Safety and Health Division of Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (center left) and his team in October to discuss lessons learned by NCCCO from more than 20 years of national crane operator certification in the U.S.