FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2013
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO, CITY OF EAST ORANGE,
THE WEST WARD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
AND THE OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CONGRATULATE GRADUATES OF OSHA 10-HOUR TRAINING COURSE
West Orange, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented the 15 graduates of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Training Program with certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor during an awards presentation on Friday, February 22nd. Presented by the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action, the OSHA certification program was highly successful, and provided young entrepreneurs with information about federal safety standards that are required in the workplace. The class was part of a joint initiative by Essex County, East Orange and the West Ward Economic Development Corporation to identify and provide residents with educational resources to help them prepare for the workforce.
“Offering free training programs is one of the ways our Office of Small Business Development is helping vendors gain a competitive edge and grow their businesses, and providing residents with the knowledge to enter the workforce. The information and certification they receive help them demonstrate that they are stable, knowledgeable and dependable,” DiVincenzo said. “I applaud the Small Business Office for hosting workshops with timely topics that are beneficial for our residents and small business community, and congratulate our students for obtaining credentials to enhance their professional skills,” he added.
“This is the beginning of the road for these students, who are now better prepared for the workforce,” Freeholder Rufus Johnson said. “It’s an example of the opportunities that are available for young people and what they can accomplish if they take advantage of these development programs,” he added.
“Our mission at the Schools Development Authority is to provide modern buildings where our students can learn, but also to give employment opportunities for people to work in their home communities,” NJ SDA Director Mark Larkin said. “This is the type of program that helps create those opportunities,” he pointed out.
“I started out just like many of the students here. I was in the construction business and programs like this helped me learn the fundamentals and be more professional,” said Troy Webster, Aide to East Orange Mayor Robert L. Bowser. “I prepared myself and when the opportunity arose, I was ready and was able to become the Zoning Officer for the city,” he added.
“I want to congratulate the young folks who performed the work and gave their time to this class,” West Ward Economic Development Corporation President Thomas Dudley said. “The training you received will be beneficial in helping you get a job in the construction field and maybe you will end up rebuilding our neighborhoods,” he said.
“OSHA guidelines can be very complicated, but understanding and implementing them in the work place is important for the safety of employees and clients. We are pleased to present workshops to help small businesses succeed,” said Deborah E. Collins, Esq., Director of the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action. “Taking time to attend class and complete coursework while operating a small business is a big commitment. I commend our participants for their hard work and participation and wish them the best of luck,” she added.
The “Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Program” was a 10-hour class that was geared for laborers, foremen, superintendents and project managers who work with construction companies. Participants learned about the OSHA Act and the functions of OSHA, information about the procedures and priorities of an OSHA Compliance Inspection, a description of the rights and responsibilities of the employers and employees under the OSHA Act and the tools, skills and knowledge to identify, control and eliminate hazards in the workplace.
Receiving their OSHA certification were Briana N. Brewer, Joseph Erazo, Desmond Goode, Michael Hawkins, Hakeem Lawrence, Damion Love, Nickquan Morgan, Romello Morgan, Asim Muhammad, Darren Odom, John Ramos, Al-Samire Thompson, Shamar Thompson, Tyree White and Jerry Wright. The students took the OSHA workshop as part of the training they received from YouthBuild Newark. YouthBuild enables low-income youth ages 16 to 24 to complete their secondary educational goals and lead productive, self-sufficient lives. During the year-long program, students are required to attend academic classes and learn construction skills while re-building low-income housing, with a focus on green building techniques.
For information about future programs, please call the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action at 973-621-2011.