OSHA 511 Training a Success

Purdue University Calumet’s CSOL Department – Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) – Safety, Health and Environmental Management major hosted “OSHA 511: Occupational Safety & Health Standards for General Industry” training from August 16 through August 19 in partnership with the Heartland OSHA Education Center at Indiana University.

13 participants representing 11 organizations, ranging from utility company to refinery in Chicago-land and Northern Indiana were present at this training.

Upon completion, each participant received OSHA training certification and they are now eligible to take OSHA 501: Train the trainer course which is scheduled to be offered again at Purdue University Calumet during the week of December 13, 2010.

“The purpose of this collaboration was to give an opportunity for local professionals and our safety major students to attain safety training without traveling further,” an Assistant Professor of OLS Shoji Nakayama said about the training. This also allows our institution to be recognized as one of the leading safety training institutions in the Midwest and in the region.

“We hit a few bumps in the road putting the program together however, many individuals helped us make this collaboration come to a reality.” 

Also working on this collaboration was Jim Arendas, the Director of Safety at Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) in Portage, IN, who actually conducted the training. The training covered the requirements of OSHA rules and regulations and how to apply the rules in the workplace.   Jim has worked in the past for federal OSHA in Chicago and the industrial sector he brings and shared his 30 years of experience with the participants. 

Professor Nakayama added that this effort will both support local industry and students to strengthen their understanding of the importance of safety and health of workers in the region so that it would eventually help the local industry strive its goal of profitability by eliminating or reducing the number of injuries, illness, fatality and property damages.

Information about this training is available by contacting Professor Nakayama at nakayama@purduecal.edu or 219/989-806.

Other information about Purdue Calumet’s OLS Safety, Health and Environmental Management major, please contacting Academic Advisor Tyanna McCann at 219/989-2484; 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2484; or tmccann@purduecal.edu