TIGG technical sales representatives, engineers and other employees attended an eight-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) refresher course on July 11 at the company’s Oakdale, Pa. headquarters.
The yearly refresher course, which follows a one-time, 40-hour OSHA class, is mandatory for individuals whose duties may take them to a job site that could contain hazardous materials.
“I believe it is important for workers to identify and predict potential hazards for their own safety,” said David Thomson, an instructor for TMC LTD., an environmental, health and safety consulting firm. “My goal is to give participants the ability to make informed decisions when it comes to being safe.”
During his lecture, Thompson covered topics such as confined space entry, hazardous material placard identification, emergency response procedures and the proper use of protective equipment.
At one point in the lesson, participants donned protective gloves and the instructor filled the palms of their hands with shaving cream. They were then tasked with carefully removing the gloves by turning them inside out while trying not to let the shaving cream escape.
This exercise demonstrated the necessity to proceed with caution after coming into contact with hazardous materials.
TIGG Senior Vice President Anthony Mazzoni explained that the HAZWOPER recertification is essential because it means that credentialed company representatives can visit client sites to provide technical advice and expertise during system set-up and operations. It allows TIGG employees to be onsite while assessing various treatment technologies and helping clients troubleshoot complex adsorption and filtration systems.
“I think everything we talked about today was important,” said Mike Bickel, a participant in the HAZWOPER recertification class and TIGG business development manager.
“This refresher course helped put safety back at the top of my mind where it belongs.”