The instructor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA General Industry Training) class, Sheldon Primus, is a seasoned professional who makes the class worthwhile and filled with valuable information for attendees. Primus is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) and holds a Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM). The OSHA General Industry class was held online from October 4-7, 2022 and participants gained knowledge on safety practices for general industries.
Primus started out working in the field of wastewater management. “I started with wastewater and environmental management and worked in the Environmental Protection Agency for wastewater,” said Primus. He brings over 30 years of experience to his role as instructor. After a career in wastewater,
he says, “I branched off into OSHA compliance and utility safety. While I was a wastewater operator I worked my way through that system. I was safety and compliance officer and plant manage for a wastewater plant. I wore quite a few hats.”
Students in the class are encouraged by an instructor with so much knowledge to share. “I would like other OSHA trainings,” commented one student enthusiastically about the course, after taking it. Participants in the OSHA class receive a wide array of information from their instructor on what to do if safety issues arise while on the job. “I teach students how to recognize hazards on the job and what to do to stay away from it or fix the problem,” said Primus. This hands-on advice can save a student from injury or even death on the job, so it’s critical to have the expertise of an instructor who has been in the position of facing hazards on the job himself.
As part of the class, students are directed to meet and share information amongst themselves using a platform called Airmeet Chatbox. This platform allows for exchange of knowledge and networking to occur between students in a remote, online class. Students all responded well to the invitation to speak to one another in chat. “Students can mingle in class in a virtual setting,” commented Primus. “I encourage students to chat with each other to learn more. At the end of the week, the student that chats the most gets a prize,” he added.
The OSHA General Industry training was a success for participants. Students got to network with each other while learning from a professional in the field of safety. “The general industry class is structured to apply to multiple disciplines,” said Primus. A more specific class, designed for the construction industry, is scheduled for the fall of 2022.
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