Navajo Technical College construction technology instructor Ronaldo Ramirez leads an Occupational Safety & Health Administration construction industry training session for employees at Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s headquarters in Fort Defiance, Arizona. (Courtesy Navajo Technical College)

Navajo Technical College Now Trains Workers in Safety, Health Standards

June 07, 2013

Employers can now turn to Navajo Technical College to train their workers in Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards that ensure staff members are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and employee rights.

The college recently received certification to instruct training courses on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. The training is offered through either a 10-hour course intended for entry-level workers or a 30-hour course intended for supervisors or workers with safety responsibilities.

“Many construction and general industry companies are required to put their employees through Occupational Safety & Health Administration training for safety and liability purposes, and this causes a demand for authorized [Occupational Safety & Health Administration] trainers,” explained the Navajo Technical College’s dean of instruction Dr. Casmir Agbaraji. “Two of our trade instructors were certified as trainers earlier this year, and already they’ve been requested to conduct training sessions.”

Navajo Technical College construction technology instructor Ronaldo Ramirez and carpentry instructor Tom Bebo became authorized trainers in February after both instructors completed training courses that covered Occupational Safety & Health Administration policies, procedures, and standards. In addition to the training courses, each instructor also had to have a minimum of five years of safety experience in their specific field of work.

“It says a lot about Navajo Technical College when our instructors are taking the extra steps to improve their credentials by becoming certified in something like Occupational Safety & Health Administration,” continued Agbaraji. “Occupational Safety & Health Administration sets the standard when it comes to safety and health in the workplace so it’s crucial for our instructors to have this knowledge and experience. It’s crucial not only for the companies that need the training, but also for our students, who learn from these instructors on a day-to-day basis.”

Navajo Technical College is currently in the second week of an agreement with Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to conduct four 30-hour Occupational Safety & Health Administration Standards for Construction Industry Training sessions over the course of four weeks.  The 30-hour course sessions will train over 60 Navajo Tribal Utility Authority employees in the fields of electrical and telecommunications.

Navajo Technical College was recognized for the second consecutive year as being on of the top 120 community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute College Excellence program. The college offers six baccalaureate degrees, 15 associate degrees, and 20 vocational and technical certificates at a campus in Crownpoint, New Mexico, and instructional sites in Chinle and Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.

For more information about Navajo Technical College’s certification to offer Occupational Safety & Health Administration Standards training or to request an authorized trainer, contact Dr. Casmir Agbaraji at 505.786.4101 or by email at [email protected].


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