Delmarva ASSE Chapter and Millersville University (MU) ASSE Student Section Partner on Confine Space Entry & Rescue Training
Posted - Jan 22, 2016
It all started last summer at the ASSE PDC in Orlando. Perdue Farms of Salisbury, MD who has many active members of the Delmarva Chapter was looking to begin a Safety Management Trainee process. After visiting the Millersville University booth at the PDC and speaking with some of the students, Perdue quickly came to realize that the MU Occupational Safety &Environmental Health Program would be a great partner.
After a few calls and a face to face meeting with Dr. Jack Ogutu & Dr. Mehdi Khalighi both Assistant Professor’s of Applied Engineering Safety & Technology was scheduled. Frank Cruice a member of the Delmarva chapter travels to MU and meet with Dr Jack and Mehdi along with Trish McEvoy, the MU ASSE Student Section President. Based on those calls and meeting it was agreed there were significant interest in providing/conducting specialized training for the student section.
I returned from my MU visit/meeting and reported there was significant interest by MU and the student section to have members of the Delmarva ASSE chapter conduct specialized safety training. Brian Hughes the Delmarva Chapter President had the executive committee review my recommendation and gained unanimous approval to precede.
The Delmarva ASSE Chapter along with the Perdue Farms Corp. Safety & Security Department agreed to conduct Confine Space Entry/Rescue training for the MU ASSE Student Section on April 10 & 11, 2015.
The training session was a huge success. Dr. Paul Specht, Professor & OSEH Program Coordinator at MU noted that in his time as the program chair it was the largest turnout for a non required training event in the history of the program. The specialized training had 29 fully and actively engaged students/future professionals in attendance on both a Friday and half day on a Saturday.
In addition we were fortunate to have the programs external advisory board on campus on April 11, 2015 for a scheduled meeting. Dr. Paul brought the advisory group over to our training unit to observe the educational exercise. It was shared that the advisory board was very impressed with the level of training and the engagement their students were gaining through this hands on real world training exercise.
In the end all parties, the university, the student section along with the Delmarva Chapter agreed to continue building a relationship. The chapter is in discussions about conducting a possible HAZWOPER or Incident Command course for the students.
In closing, it is highly recommended that all region chapters reach-out to nearby universities/colleges that have an OSEH program. Take the time to begin building the bridge to the men and women who will soon be joining our ranks as OSEH professionals. They truly are the future of our profession. Just remember outreach is a great way to pay it forward as many of us/current professionals have received that outreach from the professionals who mentored us!