300 Trained at Oak Ridge Safety Fest

ETEBA Newsletter, Fall 2012

The first Oak Ridge Safety Fest, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership (ORBSP), was held on September 11-14, at the New Hope Center and other Oak Ridge venues.  The purpose of this Safety Fest was to provide free training to promote safety and good health at work and home.  Over 30 courses, all taught by experienced volunteer trainers, were offered, free of charge, to the close to 300 people who registered.

Among the courses offered were CPR & First Aid Certification and Refresher, OSHA Construction 10-hour, Electrical Safety, Emergency Response Plans, Hazard Recognition and Mapping, Hearing Conservation, Welding Safety, Overhead Crane Operational Safety, Combustible Dust, Confined Space, Office Safety, Scaffolding, Forklift Operation, Trenching Competent Person, and Job Hazard Analysis.  "We were very excited about our first Safety Fest," said Jenny Freeman, Chair of the ORBSP, "and we appreciate the support of the safety community in hosting this very extensive and significant event."

Safety Fest kicked off on Thursday, September 11, with an event at the New Hope Center for featuring speakers from the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and local community leaders.  In addition to the New Hope Center, training was held at the EnergX Training Center, Roane State Community College, and the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman.  "We tried to provide as much hands-on training as possible," said Michelle Register, one of the event coordinators, "so we held classes where we could use cranes and forklifts and whatever we needed to deliver the most effective training to as many people as possible."

"We would like to thank URS|CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) for bringing us the idea and for doing the lion's share of scheduling classes.  The Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association was also a big supporter, providing their administrator, Linda Short, to organize key parts of the event," said Freeman.  Safety Fest was a community effort with sponsors such as the Department of Energy, Fluor, Tetra Tech, and FE&C.  "We are constantly trying to make the region around Oak Ridge the safest place to work in the Southeast, so we wanted to attract those companies that perhaps don't have the revenue to pay for extensive training for their employees," Freeman concluded.

A Safety Expo was held in conjunction with Safety Fest with 29 vendors participating.  All in all, the first Oak Ridge Safety Fest was very successful with 296 students filling 462 classroom seats, representing 86 companies from throughout the State of Tennessee.  Safety Fest 2013 is already being planned based on comments like, "Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to attend the Safety Expo this week.  It was invaluable training and LB Services really appreciated the opportunity to be witness to the success of all of your hard work.  Thank you and everyone else involved in the hard work that it took to plan such an event.."