Colfax to host regional blood-borne pathogen, lockout/tagout training

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The Village of Colfax will be hosting a regional blood-borne pathogen and lockout/tagout training session sometime this year.

The Colfax Village Board approved hosting the training session for village employees and employees from other municipalities at the January 27 meeting.

The training is required, and Colfax and the other municipalities who send employees will share the expense of the training session, said Jackie Ponto, administrator-clerk-treasurer.

The final cost for the training will depend upon the number of participating municipalities, she said.

The alternative to hosting the training session in Colfax would be to have all village employees travel to Plover, she said.

Advanced Safety Technology, Inc. out of New Berlin will conduct the training.

The contract with Advanced Safety Technology is $625 per day for the instructor, $24 per person, plus instructor expenses.

The total invoice will be divided among the number of participants.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) subcontracts with Advanced Safety Technology for the training sessions.

All village employees, including Ponto, Sheila Riemer (deputy clerk), police department employees, public works employees and library employees, are required to take the training, Ponto said.

Colfax Rescue Squad employees and volunteers are already trained in blood borne pathogens and do not need that training, she noted.

Lockout/tagout refers to practices and procedures to keep employees safe from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.

Any new employees at any municipality in Wisconsin could come to Colfax for the training, said Rand Bates, director of public works.

Hosting the training in Colfax will save the village money because there will be no travel expenses for village employees to go to Plover, said Annie Schieber, village trustee.

Plover is located south of Stevens Point and is about 150 miles away.

Village board members wondered where the training would be held in Colfax.

Ponto suggested the municipal building auditorium as a possibility or the training room at the Colfax Rescue Squad or the training room at the Colfax fire station on county Highway M.

The amount of space needed will depend upon the number of participants, she pointed out.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved hosting the regional blood-borne pathogen and lockout/tagout training session.