On May 1st the International Code Council launched its 39th annual Building Safety Month, an international campaign to raise awareness about the importance of building safety. Together with corporations, government agencies, professional associations and nonprofits, the Code Council will focus its efforts each week on the importance of building codes in everyday life.

This week’s building safety month focus is “Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education,” which will emphasize and explore the importance of education and training in building safety, both for building professionals and for code and safety officials. The Code Council has also highlighted its Safety 2.0 initiative, a series of online education resources for new building safety professionals.

The sponsors for the second week of Building Safety Month are the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International.

“Code officials and other safety professionals have always been at the forefront protecting those who occupy buildings,” says Brian D. Cappelli, Chair of BOMA International. “BOMA strongly supports continued training and professional development for property professionals to create a safe environment not just in buildings but also in their surrounding communities.”

The focus for week one was “Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart,” which highlighted strategies for building resilient structures and the importance of up-to-date code compliance in protecting buildings from extreme weather and natural disasters. The next three weeks’ themes are “Securing Clean, Abundant Water for All Communities”, “Construction Professionals and Homeowners: Partners in Safety”, and “Innovations in Building Safety.”

A calendar of local Building Safety Month events is available here.