RICHLAND, Wash. – Six safety representatives with EM’s Office of River Protection tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently received Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certifications.
Don King, lead safety representative for the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council, a union that represents employees on the Hanford Site, said the new safety specialists received their OSHA certifications after lots of classroom time and dedication.
“Gaining this certification ensures our safety specialists are well prepared for the job,” King said. “I’m proud of them. It took a lot of time and effort.”
The WRPS representatives took classes monthly at Hanford’s Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response Federal Training Center. King said WRPS allowed the representatives to fit the classes into their work schedules so they could complete what is normally a two-year program in about 18 months.
The OSHA training provides the latest in safety research, standards, and techniques for supporting safe and healthful working conditions, including information on the safety and health regulatory framework in general industry, supervisory safety and health duties, incident investigation, health management, and more.
University of Washington educators provided the training, which includes 82 classroom hours. The school is the only OSHA-certified trainer for the certificate in the region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.