Construction students at Sam Houston High School are ending the 2018-2019 school year by being the first high schoolers in the city to earn OSHA 30 certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The 10-hour training program can lead to many entry-level construction jobs and paid internships. The training opportunity was made possible through a partnership with the South Texas Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
To earn the certification, the students had to go through rigorous training and pass a test.
Alexa Menchaca and Deltonn’e Cunningham received OSHA 10 certifications, while Jeremiah Martinez, Luis Rodriguez, Joshua Elizondo, Brandon Zavala, Courtney Ross and Jacob Miranda received both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 cards. The students are excited to update their resumes so they can apply for internships this summer.
From L-R: Sam Houston High School construction teacher Erick Lira; students Alexa Menchaca, Jeremiah Martinez, Deltonn’e Cunningham, Luis Rodriguez, and Joshua Elizondo; and OSHA OTI Instructor Gabriel Ochoa. Not pictured: Students Brandon Zavala, Courtney Ross, and Jacob Miranda.
OSHA instructor, Gabriel Ochoa, gave the students a pep talk after issuing the training cards.
“No matter what you do…be a leader,” Ochoa advised. He then congratulated them for being the only high school students in the city to obtain the OSHA 30 certification.
OSHA oversees businesses to ensure they host a safe and healthful work place. The Congress-created group sets the standards for safety while enforcing, training and educating workers and administrators. The outreach training program provides workers with basic and more advanced training about common safety and health hazards on the job.
Students receive an OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour course completion card at the end of the training. The 30-hour training program is intended to provide workers with some safety responsibility and is required by all supervisory employees.