Atlanta Regional Health and Safety Training

The negative impact of the current economy has caused most colleges and universities financial hardship. This includes no funds for training and education or funds for travel to receive free education and training. In order to provide health and safety training to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) is conducting regional trainings.

In collaboration with the DU/DSCEJ, Spelman College hosted the first Environmental Health and Safety Regional Training on November 1-2, 2012. Based on an informal survey, Ms. Sheres McKenzie of Spelman College identified the courses that were needed by the Atlanta University Center Institutions. The courses taught during the two-day training included:

  • Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Hazardous Material/ DOT Recognition
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Global Harmonization System and Labeling in the Lab

Outreach and recruitment was a joint effort between the DSCEJ and Spelman College with Spelman taking the lead. Participants attended from:

  • Spelman College
  • Georgia Military College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Rhodes College
  • Gainesville State College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Aramark Food Services

Registered participants represented the following occupational fields:

  • Aramark Manager
  • Director of Athletics. Chair Of Physical Education
  • Environmental Health & Safety Manager
  • Engineering Motor Pool
  • Assistant Director of Athletics
  • Mail Clerk
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Biology/Chemistry Lab Coordinator
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Environmental Health & Safety Officer
  • Laboratory Educators/Assistants/Managers
  • Core Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Shipping And Receiving Agent
  • Chemical Safety Officer
  • Lab Safety/Chemical Hygiene Coordinator
  • Building & Laboratory Manager

Twenty participants were trained during the sixteen hour period, resulting in over 200 training hours being delivered. Preliminary results of training evaluations indicated that the training was very informative and practical for implementation. As one of the participants commented, “the training was very informative and relatable to my work setting.”