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First Ever Advanced Hazwoper Training

June 2012
West Valley Mission Community College District

Twenty-three corpsmembers spent a week in training at the Greenwood Center last month and became the first in the CCC to be certified as Environmental Health and Safety Technicians.

They were among more than 400 corpsmembers throughout the state who had previously completed a 40-hour Hazwoper training -- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response -- taught in 17 locations by Emergency Services' Lin McNamara.

"The Greenwood training was a special Tier 3 advanced training and corpsmembers from throughout the state were selected," Lin said.

She said state funding was provided through a grant to California Community Colleges, and the CCC training was one of six proposals funded through the Job Incentive grants. Lin worked with Michael Hall, director of the Northern California Environmental Training Center, based at Mission College in Santa Clara, and with External Affairs Director Martha Diepenbrock. Michael, Lin and two other instructors provided the week-long training.

"Working with Michael, we've been able to develop a great partnership, making this class possible where it wasn't before," Lin said. "The corpsmembers were really enthusiastic about the training and liked that it was largely hands-on," Lin said. "Everybody participated -- there was a lot of hard work on their part to make it a success."

The training included units on hazardous waste labeling, bloodborne pathogens, confined space entry, incident command system, hazardous material transportation, hazard communication, and forklift certification. Corpsmember Development Manager Hunt Drouin had a chance to attend part of the course.

"It's really valuable because this advanced training can get corpsmembers into entrylevel jobs," he said. "We're now working on partnerships with different environmental hazardous waste cleanup companies to generate more opportunities."

Included in the training was a presentation from Rodney Woody, general manager
of the West Coast region for Clean Harbors. He gave an overview of his company,
its benefits, and the types of positions corpsmembers would be eligible for after
their certification. Clean Harbors has already hired at least one former CCC
member, he said. Rodney is an industry member of the advisory committee for the
Job Incentive grant.

"Right now the corpsmembers are qualified for a number of different jobs within the
hazmat field," Lin said. The class received pamphlets detailing various job titles
they should look for and were encouraged to update their resumes to include their
new certification.


Due to the success of the training, Lin hopes to fit in an additional certification within the two-year grant, ideally in
several locations so more corpsmembers may attend. She wanted to extend her appreciation to the staff at
Greenwood for all their help with the first certification class.

Additional details on their use in classroom or professional settings should be requested from the Bay Area ETC at 408-855-5584 or email  mike_hall@wvm.edu.

Preplanning & Planning Your Family for Disasters

January 2012
West Valley Mission Community College District

These documents were developed in part and in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and pursuant to a grant agreement from the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office to the West Valley Mission Community College District, Bay Area Environmental Training Center: Grant # 06-326-144 and 07-326-144.

  • Family Disaster Plan
  • Family Disaster Supplies Kit

These materials are available for educational purposes to the user.

Additional details on their use in classroom or professional settings should be requested from the Bay Area ETC at 408-855-5584 or email  mike_hall@wvm.edu.

Earn REHS Contact Hours!

Northern California ETC

The NCA ETC is an Approved Accrediation Agency for REHS Contact hours. Now you can maintain your continuing education requiremenst with approved course from the Northern California Environmental Training Center. See our current training schedule or go to the CDPH website for more information.

CDPH website (link)

NCA ETC Offering Classes in Sacramento!

Sacramento BERC

Mission College Northern California Environmental Training Center (NCAETC), an initiative of the California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Program, is offering training in partnership with the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

Class offerings here

NIOSH: Employers Identify Training Needs for Workplace Health & Safety Staff

November, 2011

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) has released a new study documenting the need for occupational health and safety professionals and additional training for them and those who take on those responsibilities. The report, the National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce, released October 3, 2011, states that “although employers plan to hire at least 25,000 occupational safety and health professionals over the next five years, only about 12,000 new graduates are expected to be available from the academic programs that provide the needed pool of expertise nationally.

NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D., noted, The results of this NIOSH-commissioned survey suggest a troubling shortfall of professional expertise at a time when such services are most needed.

The report also provides details about the kinds of additional training employers believe could benefit Occupational Safety and Health professionals.

Highly rated topic areas include:

  • Investigating Accidents
  • Planning for/responding to emergencies
  • Ergonomics
  • Hazardous materials management
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Communication with workers/training skills
  • Communication with upper management
  • Prevention of workplace accidents
  • Managing and evaluating safety programs
  • Local, state or Federal regulations and compliance

Other findings:

47% of employers currently employing Occupational Safety Professionals will be looking for the specialty or skill of Investigating Accidents when hiring occupational safety professionals in the next 5 years.

59% of employers currently employing Occupational Safety Professionals will be looking for the additional skill or knowledge area of Communication with workers/training skills when hiring occupational safety professionals in the next 5 years.

62% of employers currently employing Occupational Safety Professionals would also like their occupational safety professionals to be trained in Industrial Hygiene.

43% of employers currently employing Industrial Hygienists will be looking for the additional skill or knowledge area of Communication with workers/training skills when hiring industrial hygienists in the next 5 years.

40% of employers currently employing Industrial Hygienists would also like their industrial hygienists to be trained in Occupational Safety.

51% of employers currently employing Occupational Medicine Physicians would also like their occupational medicine physicians to be trained in Occupational Injury Prevention.

47% of employers currently employing Occupational Health Nurses would also like their occupational health nurses to be trained in Occupational Injury Prevention.

40% of employers currently employing Occupational Ergonomists would also like their occupational ergonomists to be trained in Occupational Safety.

We have the courses employers want for their health and safety professionals! We are one of 17 NIOSH Education and Research Centers. And remember, sometimes workers and supervisors are given OS&H responsibility even without the professional training. They need training too!

 


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