No-cost safety training on various topics is offered throughout the North Country!.


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Aviva Gold

315-268-3778 x23


Any of these topics and more are also available on-site at your facility on a limited basis. Email Aviva Gold for details.


If you are outside of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties we can still offer you safety training! Contact Steve Lockwood for details.




George Mauch leads most of the safety training below. George spent more than thirty years in manfuacturing in various positions throughout GM and other companies. His safety qualifications include training and implementation of safe work practices, rolling out new safety initiatives, job hazard analysis, what’s-wrong-with-this-picture, pre-task planning, take two, team board implementation and related safety metrics, fork truck/hoist inspection, lead role in accident investigation, root cause analysis and report out, and involvement in various plant safety steering committees relating to safety improvements and new equipment/process installations from a safety perspective.


Does your business require safety training in topics not covered here? Let us know and we will try to add them for future sessions. We may also be able to connect you with the resources you need.






Safety Training


Businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses -- expenditures that come straight out of company profits. Be sure you're OSHA compliant for your industry every year.


Free Safety Training Across the North Country

CITEC partners with the Jefferson County IDA, the St Lawrence County IDA and Naturally Lewis to provide training on many important safety topics at no charge. The season runs from September through June, and courses are offered at various times in Jefferson, Lewis and St Lawrence Counties. Details and registration links for the next season are posted below as soon as they are available. .

If you are looking for a specific safety training at your facility that may or may not be listed below, please contact Aviva Gold, and we will try to connect you with the resources you need.


The North Country Chamber of Commerce also covers safety training throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. Details are available at this link.


WATERTOWN Fall Safety Training Series

Lockout Tagout and Machine Guarding

October 18, 2019

8:00am to noon

Comfort Inn, Watertown

Effective identification and control of hazardous energy will not only save your company money, it may also save a worker's life. Data from OSHA estimates that non-compliance with LOTO causes 120 fatalities and more than 50,000 injuries each year. Improper machine guarding also makes OSHA's top ten each year. Make sure your workers understand how to work safely around machinery.


Accident Investigation / Job Hazard Analysis

October 24, 2019

8:00am to noon

Bohlen Tech Center, Watertown

Investigating a worksite incident—a fatality, injury, illness, or close call —provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards in their operations and shortcomings in their safety and health programs. Most importantly, it enables employers and workers to identify and implement the corrective actions necessary to prevent future incidents.


Slips, Trips, and Falls / Fall Protection

October 31, 2019

8:00am to noon

Bohlen Tech Center, Watertown

Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of preventable injuries in the workplace; this training will help participants recognize, evaluate and control slip, trip and fall hazards. Fall protection will also be covered including understanding regulations and standards, identifying hazards, understanding the basics of pre-planning and written plans, which kind of fall protection to use for which circumstances, and the need for a rescue plan.


Ergonomics / Back Safety and Proper Lifting

November 14, 2019

8:00am to noon

Bohlen Tech Center, Watertown

Because back injuries are so common, it is imperative that employees learn safe lifting and proper back care. This course covers basic spine anatomy, body mechanics, and posture that can lead to injury, safe back stretching and exercises, and best practices to prevent injury. But back injuries aren't the only injuries we can prevent through awareness. Ensuring safe ergonomics is the best way to prevent accidents as well as long-term repetitive motion injuries.


Personal Protective Equipment/ Hearing Protection

December 5, 2019

8:00am to noon

Bohlen Tech Center, Watertown

Many OSHA standards require employers to provide personal protective equipment to protect employees from job related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. This training will cover basic regulations as well as how to properly use and maintain PPE.


Confined Space

January 10, 2020

8:00am to noon

Bohlen Tech Center, Watertown

Confined space training is crucial for your company if you have manholes, tranches, vaults, ducts, boilers, vessels, storage tanks, pits, crawl spaces or other unique confined spaces where your employees will need to enter to perform work. Topics include hazard recognition, work practices, atmospheric monitoring, and rescue and emergency requirements.


Hazard Communication

January 24, 2020

8:00am to noon

Bohlen Tech Center, Watertown

Volatile chemicals are used daily in various worksites and contexts, and may cause or contribute to many serious health effects, may cause fires, explosions and other serious accidents. The hazard communication standard is always high on OSHA's list of most frequently cited standards. This four-hour training will explain why effective communication concerning chemical hazards is crucial, best practices, classifications, written programs, label format, data sheets, emergency information and more.



The following topics will be covered at additional dates and locations. Contact Aviva Gold if you would like more information. (


Emergency Evacuation / Fire Protection / Active Shooter

The only way to minimize the effects of an emergency that requires evacuation is to have a plan that every employee understands. This training covers the basic components of that plan as well as OSHA requirements. Fire Protection covers fire extinguisher use and maintenance, indoor material storage, ignition hazards, open yard storage; flammable liquids, gases and explosive mixtures. And, while not a common occurrence, there were 136 active shooter incidents in the US in 2016 and that number continues to rise. This course covers best options for surviving an active shooter incident as well as ways employers can prepare for such incidents.


NFPA-70E Electrical Safe Work Practice / Arc Flash

Electrical safety in the workplace is extremely important. This training focuses on workplace electrical safety and the application of industry-accepted standards to effectively manage arc flash and other electrical shock hazards. The training provides guidance on applying safe work practices to your daily electrical maintenance tasks.


Respiratory Protection

Workers who use respirators as part of their job responsibilities should take this training which covers the proper selection and use of respiratory protection, fit testing, respirator care and maintenance, and OSHA compliance.


A list of available topics is available here.

This program is presented through a colaboration of Jefferson County Economic Developement, the Lewis County Office of Planning and Economic Development, the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency and CITEC Business Solutions with funding provided by New York State Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Abatement Board through the OSH T + E Fund.


CITEC is a not-for-profit business consulting organization driven by a mission to help the small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern New York to thrive. The depth of our consulting team's expertise and an unbeatable nationwide network of resources will deliver the impacts your business needs to grow strategically, improve profitability, and create the competitive advantages you need.

We have proven results. Our clients are surveyed by an independent third party upon project completion and have reported amazing impacts to their businesses because of our assistance. On average, working with CITEC provides a return of $71 for every $1 of project cost.


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