By: David Ramos, Training Specialist for South Texas College’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing
South Texas College and Texas State Technical College have combined efforts to provide OSHA and fire safety training to TYCO Flow Control in Harlingen, Texas. All employees received hands-on training on-site at the company’s facility resulting in certification of all employees. The training initiative is designed to upgrade the skills and development of TYCO’s expanding workforce.
“As you are well aware, workplace safety is of utmost importance,” said Renae Viader, environmental health and safety manager for TYCO Flow. “All employers should ensure their employees get all the safety knowledge they need to be successful in their professions and the employees should ensure they follow all the safety regulations and rules as well.”
Tyco intends to expand its facility in Harlingen, which is estimated to create 50 new jobs. With this expansion, the company has called on the Rio South Texas Manufacturing College Alliance, under NAAMREI, to make sure its employees are meeting industry standards.
Ricardo Olivares, fire safety instructor for STC, provided the training on behalf of the college alliance, using hands-on simulations to reinforce classroom training. One of the simulations included each employee properly putting out a fire.
“Workplace safety should be taken seriously and followed meticulously. The instructor made the training for real, but fun and interesting for our employees,” added Viader.