COVID-19 Added to Occupational Health and Safety Trainings
As the world is fighting a deadly pandemic, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. has once again undertaken the task of protecting the people of disenfranchised, underserved environmental justice communities through our Worker Training Programs.  Since April of this year, the Center has provided a COVID-19 component through its Hazardous Waste Worker Training and Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training programs to government agencies and non-profit organizations along the Gulf Coast Region including New Orleans Mosquito Control in New Orleans, LA and Unity in The Family Ministries located in Pensacola, Florida.

Amidst this pandemic, it is vital that essential and returning workers be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves. We at the Center are answering the call to provide COVID-19 awareness training so that they may work and live safely. The main goal of the trainings is to ensure workers are able to conduct their daily job duties safely in the workplace. Understanding that many things we do while at work could spread the disease, our training emphasizes physical distancing, frequently washing hands, and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, participants were trained on how to properly don (put on) and doff (take off) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  Workers were also instructed as to the proper disposal and maintenance of PPE.  The final fundamental aspect of this training included the decontamination of the equipment and work surfaces.

Training conducted with one of our partner communities in Pensacola, FL and hosted by Unity in The Family Ministries also included HAZWOPER and Disaster Training.

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice COVID-19, HAZWOPER and Disaster trainings are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).