TEXAS CITY, TX – The Gulf Coast Water Authority is the first U.S. organization to have all employees complete OSHA’s Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals Certificate Program. Thirty-one employees will receive their certificates on Sept. 30 at the GCWA Annual Safety Luncheon in Texas City.
The goal of the certificate program is to train public sector employees in occupational safety and health to reduce incident rates for workers in state and local governments. Sixteen GCWA employees earned the Construction certificate and 15 earned the General Industry certificate.
To earn the credential, employees completed a minimum of seven safety and health courses through the Region VI OSHA Training Institute Education Center at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Courses included accident investigation and recordkeeping, fall protection, evacuation and emergency planning, health hazard awareness, and safety and health management.
Attending the GCWA Safety Luncheon will be Ron Peddy, Division Director of the TEEX Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute and Director of the Region VI OSHA Training Institute Education Center.
“We are pleased to recognize the Gulf Coast Water Authority on this national accomplishment,” Peddy said. “They have made a very significant investment in the professional development of their employees, and in the safety and health of both their employees and the customers they serve.”
The Gulf Coast Water Authority provides water for industry, agriculture and municipalities in Brazoria, Fort Bend and Galveston counties. More than 185,000 customers reside in Galveston County alone.