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CVS Keeps Tabs on Training and Certification
BY DEBRA WOOD
WORKER TRAINING RECORDS STAY up-to-date and accurate
with Credential Verification Service (CVS), automating records
and eliminating errors and delays associated with paper
"It saves us a lot of time and encourages a safety culture
that is important to management," says Kyle Tocheff, human
resources information specialist and benefits administrator
with Kokosing Construction Co. in Westerville, Ohio, a member
of AGC of Ohio.
When employees take training courses or add credentials to
operate certain equipment, Kokosing uploads the information
to the CVS system, where the data is securely stored in the
cloud. In the field, supervisors can upload information from
Tool Box talks through the CVS mobile app.
For each new employee, CVS sends an identification card to
the jobsite or central office. The card contains the employee's
name and title, hire date, a photo of the employee and a QR
code, which allows mobile phones and tablets to receive
information by scanning the code. That will pull up that
employee's complete training record.
David Finkelstein, president of CVS in Rockville, Maryland,
explains that having that information available in the field
helps supervisors and inspectors assign and verify the
employee has the credentials to complete the task, with
information about when the training took place and when
the certification ends.
"If a supervisor or foreman wants to know if the person is
certified to run a piece of equipment, they scan it with their
smart phone and all of the training comes up," Tocheff says.
"That saves us a lot of time in the field."
In the past, Kokosing superintendents would have to call
back to the office to check on a worker's credentials and training records. When someone has to do that multiple times a day
for multiple employees, Tocheff says, "it adds up." Now, that
information is as close as a cell phone or an iPad.
CVS helps to eliminate identity substitution, which can
happen on large projects where the superintendent does not
know all of the workers on the jobsite.
"We're providing a tool to help make sure the people
assigned to a task are there and qualified for the task at
hand," Finkelstein says.
CVS sends automatic reminders about when employees
need re-certification. The information can be bulk exported
to spreadsheets or other software systems with an application
The software also offers an optional emergency medical
service for medical first responders, who also can scan the ID
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CVS allows superintendents to pull up on a phone or tablet
information about an employee's training and credentials.
badge and learn about blood type, allergies, known medical
conditions and the employee's primary care physician. General
and specialty contractors find CVS helpful in keeping track of
training and promoting safety.
Tocheff praised the staff at CVS for accepting his suggestions and making changes to meet his needs, saying, "Dave
and his team have been wonderful to work with."
CREDENTIAL VERIFICATION SERVICE
One Research Court, Suite 450
Rockville, MD 20850
The monthly service charge starts at $50 per month plus
$15 per month per 100 users. Additionally, cards cost from
$5.40 per card to $7.25 per card, depending on how many
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