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  • Pima County hosts free seminar to assist business with local emergency planning regulations

    Jan 24, 2014 | Read More News
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    Business representatives who work with hazardous materials are invited to a free education seminar Wednesday, Jan. 29, to learn more about how to comply with new and updated federal and state public safety requirements.none

    The fifth annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Business Education Seminar will offer a full day of free discussions and lectures to help business owners learn about best practices.

    Presentations will provide important information on complying with HazMat Regulations, increasing highway safety, implementing HazMat safe practices and effectively using the Arizona Safety Data Sheet Program.

    Representatives from agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Arizona Fire Marshal’s Office, will be on hand to answer questions and walk business owners through the process.

    “We’ve had great feedback on this program in the past because business leaders are able to get important information straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak,” said John Wisner, a program coordinator with the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

    “Instead of having to work through some of these complex requirements on the phone, they can establish relationships and make sure they have a better understanding of some of the compliance issues they’ll need to follow to protect the public and their employees,” he said.

    Local government officials and fire department personnel responsible for hazardous materials compliance are also invited to attend, as are media representatives. The event takes place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Desert Diamond Casino Conference Center, 7350 S. Nogales Highway.

    All costs associated with the seminar are covered by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

    Registration is being taken through the close of business Monday, Jan. 27. Call 724-9300 or visit for more information.