Mark Chevalier, Safety Officer at PDC in Springfield, MA

A Focus on Safety: Going the Extra Mile with OSHA Certifications

In honor of Career and Technical Education Month®, we are shining the spotlight on our safety officer, Mark Chevalier, his focus on safety, and how his OSHA training and certifications allow us to strengthen the culture of safety throughout our company.

Mark has three decades of experience in the construction industry, the majority of which (22 years!) spent with us. He’s held many roles over that time, including taping supervisor, foreman, general foreman and project manager. This experience gives him first-hand insight into the inherent health and safety risks of our business. When it comes to employee safety, Mark prides himself on continually staying at the top of the curve.

A big part of his role in providing a safe work environment for all employees is delivering training and enforcing safety protocols. A member of the ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), Mark holds numerous certifications to back up his expertise. Most recently, he traveled to the International Training Center in Las Vegas for the 26-hour OSHA 510 “Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry” course.

Expertise in OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry

Mark’s OSHA certification means he is fluent in the OSHA construction standards and construction safety and health principles, especially in areas of our industry that are the most hazardous. He now applies what he learned to supplement our ongoing safety and health program.

Next up, Mark will complete the OSHA 500 “Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry.” This certification will enable him to teach the 10- and 30-hour construction safety and health Outreach Training Program to our employees and other interested groups, and to issue cards to participants after verifying course completion. To maintain his trainer certification, Mark will then attend the OSHA 502 Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers at least once every four years.

Safety First

After attending his most recent OSHA training, Mark returned with a true appreciation for the high-value PDC, its leadership and its entire team place on safety. “Our team works incredibly hard out in the field, and their willingness to go the extra mile to follow all safety rules makes me appreciate them even more,” he said. “Their focus on safety certainly makes my job a lot easier, and creates a spirit of cooperation you don’t necessarily find everywhere.”

We couldn’t perform the high-quality, precision work we do without our exceptional team, so keeping them safe on the job is a top priority at PDC. They go above and beyond for us, so when it comes to safety, we do the same for them.

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