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NEWS | Sept. 13, 2022

Back to School: Not Just for Kids says NAVSAFENVTRACEN

By Leslie Tomaino, Naval Safety Command Safety Promotions-Public Affairs

The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center (NAVSAFENVTRACEN) wants the naval enterprise to know a back-to-school mindset is not just for kids this fall. With more courses available, the center hopes to fill seats both virtually and in-person to accommodate the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.
The training center located on Naval Station Norfolk, provides education and training for military and civilian Navy and Marine Corps personnel in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental protection and emergency management. Their curriculum leads to enhanced operational readiness, safer and healthier workplaces, stewardship through compliance with applicable regulations, reduced worker's compensation costs and a more efficient mission.
“Every individual in the Navy beyond our training center lifeline is a potential student in our eyes. For the past six months, we have begun the process of validating our curriculum foundation, the training center has nearly 40 courses available online and in-person,” said Amanda Carter, Learning Standards Officer, NAVSAFENVTRACEN. “Some courses you may already be familiar with such as Safety Programs Afloat,” said Carter.  “Other courses include Fire Protection and Life Safety, Mishap Investigation, Navy Ergonomics Program, Machinery & Machine Guarding Standards, and Respiratory Protection Program Management. “The course catalog and course descriptions are available on our website,” she said. “However, we continue to evaluate our courses emphasizing the three ‘C’s” – Correct Training, Correct Time, and Correct Place,” said Carter.
Chief Logistics Specialist (LSC) Scott Jarvis is a 12-year Navy veteran and instructor for the Hazardous Material Control and Management (HMC&M) course.
“There is always a lot of turnover in the Navy, this course will give your SUPPO, HAZO, and HAZMAT Supervisor the tools they need to understand the inner workings of the S-9 division,” says Jarvis. “Besides it being a requirement for the Hazmat Supervisor, I believe all personnel in the S-9 division should enroll to have a greater understanding of the organization processes.”
Jarvis wants the naval enterprise to know the staff works tirelessly to ensure courses stay up-to-date and ensure the information is accessible with instruction delivery.
“We are currently in the process of implementing new ideas to bring this material to the Fleet,” says Jarvis. “Our courses are not just for those in roles like hazmat supervisor, where it’s required. Taking any of our courses will help your command become safer and more effective.”
To reserve quotas for NAVSAFENVTRACEN courses, contact Training Support Command Hampton Roads (TSC HR). Reserve a quota online via eNTRS or contact TSC HR. To email Training Support Center-Hampton Roads use the address or dial 757-492-5340/5335/5336/5337.
The training center leadership and instructors stress the importance of attendance for those registered for online and in-person training. Those who register but do not attend are taking a potential quota from someone else in the naval enterprise. The Naval Safety Command will continue to highlight the available courses at the training center over the coming months, to help the fleet become more familiar with the courses and their applicability in the naval enterprise.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the courses we teach, but we often wonder what else we should be teaching as our operational environments evolve and new equipment comes online presenting new hazards to our Sailors and Marines,” said Cmdr. Charles Wilhite, commanding officer, NAVSAFENVTRACEN.  “With Naval Safety Command’s mandate to conduct risk/adherence assessments it truly gives us at the training center another metric to evaluate regarding the Navy and Marine Corps organizations as a whole.  This information will allow us to consider additional topics to add to the training curriculum ensuring we are holistically protecting the warfighter,” said Wilhite.
Related links:
NAVSAFENVTRACEN Course Catalog Listing
About Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center