Safety Training

At Mears, we take great pride in our reputation for safe operations. To ensure our production process maintains the highest safety standards, we provide our operators with extensive safety training, both in the classroom and on-the-job. Before beginning supervised, hands-on training, operator trainees spend more than three days in the classroom learning safety standards and procedures. Once in the field with the conversion unit, trainees have several weeks of one-on-one training with a qualified Crew Chief until we are satisfied that they are capable, not only of safely and efficiently operating the unit, but also of recognizing conditions that require shutting it down. Trainees must then pass a comprehensive written exam to progress to operator status.

Through training, our operators become knowledgeable in producing a premium product and in the safe handling of the chemical process, as well as many of the regulations governing that process. Trainees are also taught to recognize operating conditions that may cause concern to the public, and how to relate to, communicate with and educate potential concerned individuals.

Classroom training at Mears includes:

  • Accident Prevention Signs and Tags
  • Anhydrous Ammonia Workshop
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Confined Space
  • Defensive Driving
  • Electrical
  • Emergency Action and Fire Prevention
  • Fall Protection
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Good Housekeeping/Safe Work Practices
  • Grinders
  • HAZWOPER
  • Hazard Communications
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Heat Stress
  • Incident Investigation
  • Ladder Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Machine Guards
  • Mobile Scaffolding
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Process Safety/Risk Management (PSM/RMP)
  • Respirator
  • Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials
  • Site Security
  • Tool Safety

Annual training is conducted.