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For several years Holland Engineering has provided Hazwoper Training to select staff members. Every year, these staff members receive their annual 8-hour Refresher Certification to keep current with OSHA Regulations.
This year, we not only had several employees receive their annual refresher training, but we were able to provide three additional staff members with the full 40-hour Hazwoper Certification. This course is required for workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances. This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations and storage.
Those attending the Hazwoper classes will:
- Understand the purpose of OSHA and its role in regulation occupational safety.
- Use Site Characterization to establish problems that may exist in the workplace and measures that can be implemented to eliminate hazards.
- Identify hazardous materials existent in the workplace and the possible methods, symptoms and preventative measures of exposure.
(Our staff receives this valuable training from BLDI Environmental Engineering, a full-service environmental consulting firm, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
For several years now, Holland Engineering's Surveying Staff have been assisting our clients with 4-Way Sweeping services in the field. A 4-Way Sweep is an investigative process in which electronic pipe locators and other means are used to find, trace, and help identify both underground and above ground utilities within a defined geographical location.
As our experience grows and the need for this service is in greater demand by our clients, Holland Engineering has proactively put together a comprehensive training program to guide and train our employees as they provide this service to our clients.
This training is an introduction to Underground Utility/Facility Detection. It also addresses the commonly used 4-Way Sweep process. The training includes a basic knowledge of equipment, planning and procedures to conduct sweeping and 4-Way Sweep processes utilized by Holland Engineering. This program was created through a combination of manuals, laws, other training guides and most importantly, the knowledge of Holland Engineering's most experienced Locator Teams/Sweep Crews. Every aspect of 4-way Sweeping and general facility location is covered in this training, but keep in mind that his is just a guide.
Though it is an essential tool, ultimately nothing can beat hands on training and a positive attitude on the part of crews doing the work.
The goals of the 4-Way Sweep Training Program are:
- Damage Prevention
- Route Planning
Holland Engineering is confident that our Sweeping Program will not only better equip our filed professionals with the skills they need to accurately complete our clients projects but will also assist us in maintaining an excellent safety record while in the field.
Training People how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is a core mission of the American Red Cross. This is why Holland Engineering has chosen the American Red Cross to administer their group's First Aid, CPR and AED Training for the past several years.
Recently our team of professionals attended an instructor-led course where they learned how to respond to first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies. This training was provided to all of our office locations and employees had the opportunity to learn from and interact with a Red Cross instructor who guided them through hands-on practice of lifesaving skills. Employees receive a certificate of Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. We are proud to have partnered up with the American Red Cross in providing this vital training for our staff members.
Our GIS and Environmental Groups have found a way to make data collecting more efficient. Using the Collector for ArcGIS App, Holland Engineering has expedited the process of collecting and uploading data from the field.
If you have questions about how Collector for ArcGIS App can benefit you, or if you have general GIS inquiries, email GIS@hollandengineering.com or call our Holland, MI office at (616) 392-5938.
Although SEMCO Energy is headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan, they deliver natural gas to the southern half of the state's Lower Peninsula (including West Michigan) and currently provide natural gas to 299,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. SEMCO Energy is anticipating 2015 will be another busy year. As the temperatures are slowly warming up to spring, Holland Engineering has already received requests to provide assistance on five projects.
Holland Engineering will provide easement and right-of-way staking for the purpose of ensuring the newly installed gas mains or service lines will be constructed within their respective easement or right-of-way. Prior to any field staking, Holland Engineering researches an extensive data base and works with the county road commissions to ensure that any road widenings and additional easements or right-of-ways are discovered prior to field staking. SEMCO Energy has proven to be a loyal client whom Holland engineering enjoys working with. Thank you SEMCO for the continued opportunity to assist you with our professional services!
Have you been noticing an increased level of concern among your residents regarding their water supply as the City of Flint has been working through their drinking water issues? As communities enter the normal spring water system flushing season, you may receive more questions than normal as sediment is stirred up in the lines.
Historically, issues like the Flint supply system raise enough public interest to influence the availability of funding for public infrastructure projects. As the public interest is elevated, do you know what your water system needs to provide continued reliable service for your residents?
Our professionals can assist you with handouts, community meetings, and the State mandated water system reliability studies as you consider the long term needs of your water system maintenance. Let our years of experience work for you!
For more information on Holland Engineering’s Water System Asset Management Planning, please contact Lynnelle Berkenpas, P.E., Project Manager at 616.392.5938 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Holland Office: 616-392-5938
Southfield Office: 248-827-7322