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Bradford High School Students Receive SafeLand Certification

Posted: May 9, 2011

Bradford High School students receive training for SafeLand Certification, an internationally recognized safety certification used by the oil and gas industry.

Written by Bob Veilleux, Economic & Community Development Educator, Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties

Penn State Extension, in partnership with the Potter County Education Council, is helping to prepare local high school students for careers in the oil and gas industry by providing them with SafeLand Orientation Certification, an internationally recognized safety certification.  This intensive program required students to attend a workshop that ran from 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM, which is 3 hours longer than their traditional school day, and complete a number of exams related to the material covered during the workshop.  Bradford High School had 12 students and 2 instructors successfully complete the certification program, with the hope of offering this certification to additional students in the future. 

The SafeLand Certification was developed by the Petroleum Education Council (PEC) to take the place of multiple operator safety orientations and to give each student a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry, upstream, downstream, onshore or offshore. This program helps students develop an awareness of general safety information that they need to know before entering a company facility and while performing their assigned work duties. Key topics covered during the program include: confined space, rigging, hydrogen sulfide, lockout/tagout, fall protection, hazardous materials, hazardous communications, personal rotective equipment, hearing conservation, emergency response, process safety management, welding safety, defensive driving, Hazwoper, fire protection, forklift safety, respiratory protection, electrical safety, back safety, alcohol and substance abuse awareness, terrorism response awareness, offshore transportation, and offshore safety.

Upon successful completion of the program, each student is issued a picture ID with a unique barcode. The student information is then stored in an online database, which can be accessed by employers to verify employee and contractor SafeLand certification credentials. This orientation has become one of the standard programs for the industry, with dozens of the leading oil and gas operators accepting and/or requiring this certification for contractors to work on their sites. The high school students who participated in this program should be recognized for their willingness to invest in their future; the Bradford School District should be recognzied for investing the resources to offer this program to help make their students more employable upon graduation.