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"Preparing for Success: CareerTech Granite Skills Center students' obtain OSHA-10 Certification before 4th of July Holiday"

CareerTech Granite Skills Center Career Readiness students obtain OSHA-10 Certification thru OSHA Authorized Trainer Tiffany McCollum this month. Twenty (20) students who attended the 2-day course received their OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety & Health certification course completion card at the end of the 2-day training.

The CareerTech Granite Skills Center, Career Readiness program is a voluntary program that includes the OSHA Outreach General Industry Training as part of the curriculum. The 10-hour course is primarily intended for entry level workers with awareness of common job-related safety and health hazards that they may encounter on a job site. Its purpose is to promote workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. The OSHA Outreach Training provides training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, control and prevention of workplace hazards. The course also provides an overview information regarding OSHA, including workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

There are many benefits in certifying students in OSHA-10 prior to obtaining a career. The OSHA Outreach Training promotes safety culture through peer training. Training is intended to be participatory, using hands-on activities. Trainers are able to tailor topics based on specific needs of their audience. The benefits are enormous for companies, too. Initially, companies will see one quick benefit - the financial one. A team that has been carefully trained to avoid and deal with hazards makes sense because they will see any potential accident costs go down, which will reduce lost workdays and decrease their overall workers' compensation cost. It can also prevent damage to equipment. More than that, though, the companies team members become more effective every single day. Employees who know they're safe and valued are more likely to increase production rates, which means good things for the employer bottom line. Maybe the best part, though, is the fact that once the employees are OSHA trained, the employer is less likely to experience continual inspections from OSHA compliance officers, ensuring that their business is complaint free and that they won't have to pay those costly fines. OSHA-trained team members will quickly help the employer spot any violations or unsafe conditions so management can deal with any problems before they happen.

CareerTech Skills Centers continue to give students an equal or better chance at landing a Career in today's competitive job market once released from incarceration by training and certify them in multiple areas. Choosing to have safety awareness in the workplace can be the difference between everyone going home at the end of a work day or taking a trip to the emergency room, but can also be the difference between serious injury or worse....death!

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