2014 Triangle Award Presented to Stefan Bright

SDBright-SUStefan Bright, a member of ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter, is the recipient of ASSE’s 2014 Triangle Award for Heroic Dedication. The award recognizes his role in establishing a field manual, training and standards that reduced fatalities among professional window washers by 30% over the past 2 decades. Given in honor of the 146 victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, NY, the award honors an SH&E professional who, in the course of going beyond his/her normally assigned duties, either prevents or minimizes physical injury, loss of life or substantial property damage in a workplace. Bright received a record five nominations for the award, which will be presented May 7 during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week events in Washington, DC.

“I’ve been at this a long time,” says Bright, safety director for the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA). “I was one of the guys hanging off the side of a building. We were forced to figure it out. Every time I give a training session, someone says how much it’s helped. It does make me feel good.”

Bright developed a field manual in 1992 outlining best practices. In 1994, based largely on Bright’s efforts with IWCA, OSHA recognized professional window washers as a highly skilled occupation. In 1996, Bright developed IWCA’s Window Cleaner Safety Certification Program and in 2001 he worked with ANSI to create an industry standard, IWCA I-14, Window Cleaning Safety. It’s estimated that more than 5,000 copies of the standard have been sold and more than 6,700 window cleaning professionals have attended Bright’s training seminars. “Stefan’s vision for bringing safety education and training to window cleaners has been the driving force behind much of what the IWCA has been able to accomplish,” states Jack Evans, owner of 20/20 Window Cleaning of NC Inc. and a past president of IWCA.