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Cooperative Oxford Lab Conducts Environmental Health and Safety Training

Published on: 05/02/2019
Primary Contact(s): gretchen.messick@noaa.gov

NCCOS Safety Officer Ron Gagnon looks on as Amy Freitag of NCCOS COL uses a fire extinguisher to put out a practice fire during Safety Training at Cooperative Oxford Laboratory April 23-25, 2019. Photo courtesy Gretchen Messick, NOAA NCCOS.

All personnel working at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) participated in lab wide safety training April 23-25, 2019.

Amanda Weschler of Maryland Department of Natural Resources wears a tyvek suit with booties for chemical spill cleanup safety training at Cooperative Oxford Laboratory April 23-25, 2019. Photo courtesy Gretchen Messick, NOAA NCCOS.

Training included emergency action plans, office safety and ergonomics, fall protection/ladder safety, fire prevention, HAZCOM (hazard communication), chemical hygiene plan, chemical spill response, and fire extinguisher use for all lab employees or science staff. Ensuring all employees are trained in these safety areas reduces the threat of accidents and ensures a safe work environment at COL.

NCCOS safety officer Ron Gagnon and COL’s safety officer Jay Lewis provided training to all Maryland Department of Natural Resources and NOAA employees who work at COL.

The COL is a unique combination of scientific, response and management capabilities of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard. All three organizations collaborate to meet their respective missions and address science and management challenges.

For more information, contact Gretchen.Messick@noaa.gov or Jay.Lewis@noaa.gov.

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