The Rogers County Commissioners approved Monday the outsourcing of safety training to Northeast Technology Center in an effort to provide better quality training to employees.
“I think it is a good program to work with another governmental entity. There is a difference in the quality of training,” Commissioner Kirt Thacker said. “We want the people that work for Rogers County to be as safe as they possibly can be.”
The anticipated yearly cost of the training will be about $2,000, according to Emergency Management Director Scotty Stokes.
“I think $2,000 a year is well worth it for the safety aspect with the properly trained instructors and the number they bring to the table,” Stokes said.
“It is old hat for us, it is what we do for businesses,” said Jerad Girten, NTC Industrial Coordinator.
The county barns need a lot different training than at the courthouse, according to Girten. NTC offers a variety of training including OSHA, Hazmat, CPR and more, he added.
Training can be provided free or at a low-cost and on-site or on campus, according to Girten.
“I think it is a good program,” Commissioner Dan DeLozier said.
Funding for the program will be paid from the emergency management budget, according to Stokes.
Daniel Shaw is the Safety Coordinator for Northeast Technology Center. He previously worked as the Assistant Director for the Oklahoma Department of Labor’s OSHA Consultation Division, according to Girten.
Shaw received extensive training through OSHA’s Training Institute during his employment, he added.