The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that they have entered into a professional consulting agreement with former Sprint Environmental Health and Safety Executive, Chuck Slagle. Slagle, who recently retired from Sprint after nearly a 38 year career, will be tasked with spearheading several NWSA project initiatives and assist in getting the NWSA national assessment and certification programs to market.
“I am excited to be involved with the National Wireless Safety Alliance and believe that the national assessment and certification programs currently under development will ultimately raise the bar on safety and quality. The NWSA will have a positive, transformational impact on the industry long-term,” said Slagle.
Prior to his retirement from Sprint, Slagle held various positions within the Sprint EHS department, including Director of EHS. He holds certifications in Safety, Risk Management and Business Continuity. Slagle has also held leadership roles with the Environmental Health and Safety Communications Panel (EHSCP) and Wireless Industry Safety Task Force. He serves on the Crisis & Disaster Management Degree Advisory Board at the University of Central Missouri and the Safety Degree Advisory Board at Purdue University. He is a past member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and served as a member of the NFPA 76 Standards Committee for Fire Protection of Telecommunication Facilities.
The mission statement of the NWSA is to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures.
“Carriers and other parties will have a set of NWSA standards for training and certification requirements that they can incorporate into their contracts that will ultimately level the playing field for the industry’s workforce and provide greater assurances that only qualified contract workers are performing the network build-outs that are so vital to our nation’s economy,” said Slagle.
The NWSA organization is a by-product of collaboration between a broad coalition of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, companies and stakeholders representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s, turnkey management firms, small contractors and tower climbers. Industry leaders have pledged to provide timely and relevant updates to the industry as key benchmarks are achieved