April 7th to 9th, Perdue corporate safety and security team partnered with Millersville University ASSP student section to provide Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training for twenty-two Millersville University students, primarily safety majors and minors. The training comprised initial in-class theory as well as practical field training. During the practical exercises, students learned about the incident command system (ICS) and donned/doffed appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They also set up a decontamination zone and worked as a team to contain a simulated leak/spill response scenario. The Perdue safety team provided the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) equipment and PPE. Students performed a tabletop drill and received a 24-hour HAZWOPER certificate. In addition to the training, Purdue corporate human resources conducted a lunch and learn with students to discuss career and internship opportunities.
– Contributed by Dr. Betty-Jo Bowers