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Sept. 29, 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
734.487.4400
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EMU offers free training for hurricane relief workers

YPSILANTI - No matter how well trained emergency responders are, the aftermath of a hurricane can present some unique situations. To help address those issues and keep relief workers safe, Eastern Michigan University is offering a free, 40-hour training course.

The Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Site Worker training course will be offered Oct. 10-14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the EMU Livonia campus, at Six Mile Rd., west of I-275, (38777 W. Six Mile, Suite 400.)

“Contamination of homes, office buildings, hospitals and roads creates considerable risks for relief workers, particularly those with little or no training in handling and working in uncontrollable hazardous waste sites,” said Pamela Hill, director of EMU’s Center for Organizational Risk Reduction and Great Lakes Regional OSHA Education Center.

The Center, which is internationally-known for its health and safety training, and education courses, is one of only 19 approved OSHA Education Centers in the country.

The seminar is open to Michigan workers traveling to the Gulf Coast to help with cleanup and recovery efforts. All registrants must provide verification of plans to support the relief effort and meet pre-screening requirements. Registration is required and limited to the first 25 qualified participants who include:

  • Police, firefighters and emergency responders,
  • Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way workers and volunteers,
  • Michigan OSHA office and compliance officers,
  • OSHA Region V workers,
  • General laborers including construction, and
  • Skilled trades and union workers.

The course meets training requirements under standard 29 CFR 1910.120. To register, call 734.487.4363 or go to www.emuosha.org.

Topics to be covered are safety and health hazards, levels of protection and work practices, use of personal protective equipment, respirator selection and use, engineering controls, medical surveillance, exposure standards, site safety plans, hazard identification, levels of protection, chemical characteristics and properties and toxicology, hazardous material information resources and recordkeeping, rights and responsibilities, and sampling and air monitoring.

EMU’s Center for Organizational Risk Reduction and Great Lakes Regional OSHA Education Center are sponsoring this course through donations of time, food, materials, facility and services.

The course is endorsed by the State of Michigan’s Office of Firefighter Training and is supported by the OSHA Region V office in Lansing. For more information, contact Hill at 734.487.6988 or Ron Kerrigan at 734.487.6975.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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