AMES, Iowa – This spring, Iowa manufacturers can meet their safety training needs through an Iowa State University “expert.”
ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is partnering with the university’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to bring the Exercise, Preparedness and Environmental Resources and Training (ExPERT) program to the state’s manufacturers who don’t have their own safety programs or personnel, said Mark Reinig, CIRAS economic development program manager.
“One ExPERT offering this spring is a safety course designed specifically to meet manufacturers’ need for hazardous materials safety training,” he said. “The Hazardous Materials Management for Manufacturers will incorporate training with the specific needs of the manufacturer through a three-session approach.”
Hazardous Materials Management for Manufacturers begins with an online session that will require learners to gather data and develop worksheets containing information specific to the manufacturer/process. Learners should allow approximately eight hours for this session.
The second session, a one-day workshop, will be six hours of classroom instruction. “To better accommodate our learners, this session will be offered at three locations,” said Reinig. “Participants only need to attend one workshop, but they have the option of attending in Ames on May 7, Cedar Rapids on May 11 or Sioux City on May 13.”
Primary topics of the second session are employee protection, facility protection and community protection. “Participants will be able to use what they have learned in the first two sessions to compile a Hazardous Materials Management Manual specifically tailored for their facility. The successful completion of the manual is the third and final session of the series.”
As part of this process, participants will evaluate the current status of hazardous materials management, identify critical areas for improvement and establish a platform from which to train other co-workers. Once successful completion of the manual is demonstrated, the student will receive final certification.
The course registration fee is $200; registration deadline is April 9. Registration can be completed online at https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/hmmm/quickregister.html. Additional course information is available at http://www.cepd.iastate.edu/index.php?option=com_hmmm .
For more information about the course or the ExPERT program, contact Reinig at (515) 294-7833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.