Erie Community College’s Department of Workforce Development has been awarded a $208,106 grant from the New York State Department of Labor's Hazard Abatement Board to provide safety training to employees at 39 companies around Western New York.
This is the second year in a row that ECC has been awarded a grant from the Hazard Abatement Board. The college was awarded a grant of $207,987 in 2009.
Training topics include, but are not limited to: asbestos abatement, back injury prevention, electrical safety, fall protection, general safety, hazard communication, lead awareness, patient transfer, personal protective equipment, repetitive motion, slips, trips and falls and work zone safety.
There are also plans to offer open enrollment OSHA Outreach 10 and 30-hour certification courses to interested businesses and members of the community.
“For a second year in a row ECC has been awarded this important grant from the New York State Department of Labor. I thank the Department of Labor for their support, and I applaud the work of our ECC staff, especially Rick Washousky, executive vice president of academic affairs and Carrie Kahn, executive dean of workforce development, for their hard work in securing this funding,” ECC President Jack Quinn said.
The Hazard Abatement Board awards grants for programs that provide occupational safety and health training for public and private employers, labor organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and trade associations. Eligible programs must train and educate workers, supervisors and/or employers and must promote workplace accident and injury prevention.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.