COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will be training workers to safely rebuild the Gulf States region in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita through a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Susan Harwood training grant will assist TEEX in training workers to avoid hazards related to confined spaces, electrical work, construction, hand and power tools, heavy equipment operation, trips and falls, mold, water contamination, respiratory, chemical and biological hazards, and animal and insect bites.
TEEX will develop and provide materials and conduct training that addresses occupational safety and health hazards that may be encountered by workers, supervisors and employers involved in the hurricane site response and clean-up activities.
“TEEX is very excited to receive this grant so we can further workers’ safety training in the aftermath of this enormous disaster,” said David Milligan, division director of TEEX’s Professional and Regulatory Training. “TEEX is world-renowned for our safety training and will be a major asset in training workers in the latest safety techniques while rebuilding this part of the nation.”
TEEX operates the OSHA Southwest Education Center in Mesquite, which is recognized as the top such facility in the country. TEEX is also the sponsoring agency for search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1, which assisted in more than 13,000 rescues in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and technology transfer.