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Oil, gas training session set

September 21, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Progress Alliance and Eastern Gateway Community College are teaming together to offer a three-day gas and oil industry training opportunity with the help of the Small Business Development Center of Ohio.

Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman said the training is geared as much to individuals looking to build their industry resume and it is for people already in the business who need training.

"It's work force related," he said. "We're providing assistance to companies we've brought here, plus our local companies. It's a natural extension of our work force preparedness ... just another step for us to get better."

The training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24-26 at Eastern Gateway.

Day 1 will offer an overview of what hydrogen sulfide is, its dangers and safety measures that are required, as well as confined space training. To prevent injury and possibly even death, a minimum amount of confined space training is required by OSHA for workers who enter permit-required confined spaces.

Training on Day 2 will encompass first aid/adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, including Good Samaritan laws, recognizing emergencies, checking for conscious and unconscious victims, choking victims, how to care for wounds and injuries related to muscles, bones, joints and more.

Day 3 has been earmarked for PEC Safeland USA Basic Orientation, a one-day program that meets API RP 75 and API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic understanding of general safety information that an employee should know before entering a company facility and while performing assigned work duties.

Cost of the training is $300 for all three days, which includes the Small Business Development Center discount and includes lunch. Individual courses are priced at $200 for hydrogen sulfide and confined space training (Day 1), including lunch; $175 for Safeland (Day 3), also including lunch; $100 for confined space training, excluding lunch; $75 for hydrogen sulfide training, excluding lunch; $50 for CPR training (Day 2);.

Eastern Gateway's Tracee Joltes said they're getting calls now from corporate clients who want to set up training for their employees. "Our other new market is continuing education, adult professional development," she said.

"When we're in discussions with prospects, they ask a lot of questions about available services," Looman said. "They also ask about work force development and training, where they can go if they need it."

Programs also will be offered Sept. 19-21 at Zane State College's Cambridge campus; Sept. 26-28 at Kent State University's Tuscarawas campus in New Philadelphia; and Oct. 10-12 at Muskingum County's Business Incubator in Zanesville.

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