Students take safety training

MARQUETTE – Students across Marquette and Alger counties are operating a little safer in their labs and internships after receiving training recently from Parents for Student Safety Employment Standards.

The 90-minute presentation is sponsored annually by the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services Agency and takes place in high schools in both counties.

This year, more than 860 students in Ishpeming, Negaunee, Republic-Michigamme, Gwinn, Superior Central, Marquette and Munising took part in training sessions Oct. 9 and 10, which showed young students and workers how to be safe in the classroom and on the job.

The training focused on several subjects relevant to teens: safe chemical handling, safe lifting techniques, ladder safety, the proper use of personal protective equipment, adolescent labor law, driving safety, retail safety and how to respond to sexual harassment.

Presenters showed the students good safety habits to use in their schools’ laboratories and in their own workplaces.

According to the PASSES website,, each year some 70 U.S. adolescents are killed while at work and 70,000 others are injured seriously enough on the job to require treatment in an emergency room.

Based out of Michigan, PASSES has trained more than 500 teachers and 20,000 students in occupational safety and health last year, and is offered annually in more than 100 school districts across Michigan and 10 other states.

The group is a nonprofit established in 1995 and continues to offer training free of charge to schools across the country through grants and sponsorships from the Ford Motor Co., Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other corporations.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.