December 5, 2009

New Law Requires Training by January 1, 2010

OSHA Safety Class at WNC Carson City & Douglas

Construction employers are now able to stay local and get valuable safety training for new employees and supervisors, as well as comply with a state law going into effect January 1.

Western Nevada College will conduct 10-hour and 30-hour classes in construction safety for employees within the industry at both the Carson City and Douglas campuses.

WNC's 10-hour course for new hires will be offered at the Carson campus 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6, in Reynolds Building, Room 103. The 30-hour training for supervisors will meet 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Dec. 14-17, in Marlette Hall, Cedar Building.

At WNC Douglas, the 10-hour OSHA training in construction safety for employees is being offered 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13, at Bently Hall, 1680 Bently Parkway South, Minden. Cost is $95.

Cost for the 10-hour session is $95, and $275 for the 30-hour class.

Scott Penzel, the college's director of workforce development, said the course should be seen as an important way to improve safety on the job. "We want to help employees avoid injury and possible medical bills as well as avoid fines and hassles from the regulatory agency. The real goal is to improve safety on the job site and ensure that supervisors and workers know more about preventing the types of injuries, such as falls, that can occur."

To reduce workplace injuries, the 2009 Nevada Legislature enacted a law requiring construction workers to complete an Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour safety course and supervisors to complete a 30-hour OSHA training course no later than 15 days after being hired.

The 10-hour training is intended to provide entry-level construction workers with general awareness to recognize and prevent hazards on a construction site. It also covers a variety of construction safety and health hazards they may encounter.

The 30-hour training is intended for employees such as supervisors who have a certain degree of safety responsibility.

Instructor is Brian Crowe, WNC Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. Crowe has spent more than 30 years in the construction industry as a superintendent, project manager, general contractor and consultant.

For more information including registration procedures, contact Scott Penzel: 775-445-4427, penzelw@wnc.edu.

Press Release: November 6, 2009

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