The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded Hutchinson Community College more than $85,000 to train Kansas workers in COVID-19 worker protection measures. HCC is able to travel the state and conduct a half-day course to teach workers how to be safe while working during this outbreak.


The school can train more than 575 employees, representing approximately 40 high-hazard industries and small businesses in the state.


"We can train manufacturing, health care and small businesses," said Dave Mullins, director of business and industry at HCC. "The grant will cover the cost of training anywhere in Kansas."


One of four OSHA trainers will conduct the four-hour training at each facility. As this is a new protocol, procedures are continually changing. Representatives in Washington see this as a step forward in keeping workers safe.


"As Kansans continue returning to the workplace it is important we provide the training and resources necessary to keep them safe and healthy while on the job," said U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall in a release. "I applaud the work Hutchinson Community College is doing in meeting the educational and training needs of our state’s small businesses, and helping them understand and react to new guidance and understanding of this virus."


Mullins does not know if the college can train staff at educational facilities, as the school was just awarded the grant. One of the OSHA positions is open and the college also plans to add another position.


"We’re going to be developing the training," Mullins said. "New guidance is coming out all the time."


The college will provide more than 4,000 hours worth of training. The college’s president, Carter File, said HCC is honored to have been entrusted with this initiative.


If there is an organization in Kansas that would like to learn about this training, contact Dave Mullins at mullinsd@hutchcc.edu.