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Two EVT students participate in a demonstration during Thursday’s open house.
July 11, 2017 : Open house highlights Tri-State’s latest HAZWOPER training resource, partnerships
Most never want to think about chemical spills or accidents where hazardous material or biological waste becomes a threat – but numerous men and women are trained to deal with these situations and to be prepared in case they are needed. 
 
A key component of preparedness is having the right equipment and knowing how to use it properly and safely. Today, the community had an opportunity to view a demonstration and to tour the new 35-foot goose-neck, multi-mission Environmental Health and Safety Mobile Training Unit full of the necessary training tools and equipment as it was unveiled at Ohio University Southern. The trailer will serve as a portable multi-function hazardous material training facility which will be utilized across the region for both college credit and non-credit training programs.
 
The trailer will be used for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training in accordance with OSHA standards. Dr. Craig Bowe, director of the Environmental Engineering Technology (EVT) program at the Southern Campus said, “This protocol was instituted to protect employees who may be exposed to hazardous material or a biological hazard while working.”
 
Two EVT students participate in a demonstration during Thursday’s open house.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Two EVT students participate in a demonstration during Thursday’s open house. (photo by Josh Spradlin)

 
Purchased with funds awarded by the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) grant, the Southern Campus is collaborating with grant partners Shawnee State University, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College, Southern State Community College and the Ohio Higher Education Commission to provide workforce training to the region.
The partner universities have been working together since 2015 on a training plan that focuses on three sectors – environmental safety, additive manufacturing and health care. Ohio University Southern’s Director of External Relations Sarah Diamond Burroway sees the collaboration as an exciting and economical approach to providing essential training.
 
“Pooling equipment and training resources in the targeted sectors, especially in times of limited fiscal resources, ensures the region’s post-secondary institutions are focused on workforce development to further the economic growth of students and businesses in southeast Ohio,” she said.
 
Ohio University Southern Dean Dr. Nicole Pennington agrees. “Today’s exciting event is the culmination of ongoing and close collaboration with our RAPIDS partners,” Pennington said. “The quality of education and training in a community is closely linked to its economic competitiveness and quality of life. Here in Southeastern Ohio there is a base to build skilled labor through regional needs of healthcare, logistics and manufacturing.”
 
She added, “One industry that cuts through all three of those needs is environmental health and safety training, which would be aided by this portable training lab.”
 
Shawnee State University in conjunction with University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College manage the Additive Manufacturing Training Unit, “Manufacturing on the Move.” Grant funds supported the purchase of 3D printing and Programmable Logic Controller equipment and other tools used in training.
 
Southern State Community College oversees the project component centered on Healthcare Patient Simulators funded by the grant award. This provides human patient simulators for the region along with the necessary related equipment, which assures that access is available to people enrolled in for-credit, degree programs as well as assists health care providers seeking additional trainings on-site.