Learning the right way

PUHI — Occupational safety and the proper handling of hazardous materials are critical on an island, said Bruce Getzan, director of the Office of Continuing Education and Training at Kauai Community College.

“We are on to something here that is important to the entire island,” Getzan said. “On an island where land space is limited and where the workforce and economic development are tightly interconnected and dependent on each other, occupational safety is critical. For this reason, all businesses, from newly started to established, from small to large will receive the same level of training.”

The OCET established the Institute for Environmental Health and Safety, offering education and training to promote environmental health and safety on the job throughout Kauai’s business community.

The program’s first class is set for Oct. 30.

There will be more courses, too.

Daniel Erickson, Institute for Environmental Health and Safety instructor, taught biodiesel and ladder safety courses for KCC.

“The training is a timely right fit for a community like Kauai that values and advocates personal, occupational, and local and global environmental health and well-being,” Getzan said.

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