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TMCC Safety Center Now Training Three TEN State Grant Programs

Posted: Feb 27, 2014

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Trainees practice using safety suits at a Jan. 2014 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response course. Photo courtesy of TMCC Safety Center.

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development is funding three large business training programs that started in July and are now in progress, being led by TMCC Safety Center.

NGOED and EDAWN set the budget for the Train Employees Now (TEN) classes. Nevada Industry Excellence and University of Nevada, Reno are also partners in the projects.

“Programs like this are a way to help bring new business in to Northern Nevada,” said Scott Alquist, program manager of the TMCC Safety Center. “Also, once a grant ends, the relationships with the companies have already been formed, and the training many times continues following the grant funded by the company.”

The three projects are:

  • Ardagh Group: a global company with 100 facilities in 25 countries, who has opened a plant at Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center that manufactures cans for fruits and vegetables.
  • Myers Industries: an international corporation returning one of its locations to Sparks to manufacture extruded horticultural containers.
  • Nature’s Way: a U.S. advanced dietary supplement maker, has launched a facility at Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center that distributes vitamins/supplements.

Train Employees Now safety courses for these projects are customized for each facility; its equipment, products and employees. The Safety Center is accredited in the United States EPA federal curriculum; both English and Spanish.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accredit safety training instructors

“There are about 25 instructors that I can draw from for OSHA and EPA training courses,” Alquist said. “We did a huge project for a casino downtown, training 450 workers over a nine month period. The training was focused on hazard communication; exposure to chemicals in the workplace. We trained in seven different languages with interpreters.”

The three TEN grant programs will include safety courses in:

  • Forklift Safety Training
  • Lockout/Tagout OSHA Safety Training
  • High Voltage Electrical Safety Training
  • 10 Hour Overall OSHA Safety Course
  • Confined Space Safety Course

TMCC Safety Center also offers workshops on campus for the regional workforce

The Safety Center assists businesses and government agencies with worker safety, environmental protection and stewardship, the safe transport of hazardous materials locally, nationally and internationally, disaster preparedness, and accident investigations. The center provides speakers at conferences locally and nationally.

A menu of safety training workshops on campus for students and the regional workforce is offered for professional development. Participants do not need to be accepted to TMCC for enrollment in these workshops.

Safety training workshop topics include:

  • Bail Agent Pre-Licensing Training
  • 8 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations Refresher
  • Forklift Safety Training
  • Forklift Train-the-Trainer
  • 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
  • Lead Training for Renovators, Repair and Painters
  • OSHA Lead Action Level Training
  • Industrial Accident Investigation

More information about customized training may be found at the Safety Center website, or by calling Alquist at 857-4958.

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