New hands-on safety training lab debuts in mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

New hands-on safety training lab debuts in mid-Michigan

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Senior Safety Specialist, Marc White, shows off the new hands-on safety training lab at the Great Lakes Safety Training Center.

The lab features different simulations people in all different types of industries can use.

"They can put the harnesses on or do the confined space and actually use the equipment and it will emphasize what they learned in the classroom," says White.

"We typically work with clients in the chemical industry, heavy manufacturing, general construction, as well as commercial type industries," says Executive Director, Jim Cook.

The Safety Training Center in Midland has always offered classroom courses, as well as a computer lab for workers in different trades.

Cook says the new hands-on lab will allow more in-depth training in areas such as, fall protection, confined spaces, fire extinguisher safety and more.

"Learning by doing, they'll retain more and they'll be actually apply those skills out in the field," says Cook.

About 20,000 people went through safety training at the center last year. Cook hopes with this new hands-on safety training lab, that number will increase even more.

"What we're really hoping to do is reach out regionally and make this a destination where you can come and take all of your safety training, as well as background screenings and security checks," says Cook.

The Great Lakes Safety Center will have an Open House for their new training lab on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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