BEST Center Offers Emergency Preparedness Seminar for Business Organizations

As the result of requests from area business leaders, Genesee Community College's BEST Center will offer "Emergency Preparedness for Business," an intensive-morning long seminar at the Batavia Campus' Conable Technology Building Tuesday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

While no business leader wants to deal with the aftermath of fires, chemical spills, natural disasters, terrorism, or other workplace tragedies, every business leader wants to be prepared, according to BEST Center Dean Jerry A. Kozlowski - and the new seminar will help them do just that, Dean Kozlowski said.

Business leaders became acutely aware of the need for emergency planning after the 9-11 World Trade Center tragedies two years ago, according to Dean Kozlowski. The seminar will cover issues any business leader needs to face in planning for potential disasters. These include an overview of the disasters and tragedies that can affect business organizations, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines on emergency administration. The seminar will also cover the fundamentals of emergency planning, hazard assessment, community and employee communication, and quick-recovery techniques. The seminar will be highly interactive, with opportunities for questions and presentations of real-life examples.

Ralph E. Estep, a certified safety professional, registered nurse, and industrial hygienist, will present the seminar. Mr. Estep has held key safety administration responsibilities with such organizations as West Valley Nuclear Services and Roswell Park Cancer Center. He has helped business organizations across the nation plan for emergencies.

The fee for the seminar is $49. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling (585) 345-6868.

The Emergency Preparedness seminar was specifically designed to meet the needs of local business firms, according to Dean Kozlowski. "This is going to be a valuable, hands-on seminar, especially for managers and leaders who haven't done much in the way of emergency or disaster planning," he said. "Our hope is that no one locally will ever have to deal with facility emergency situations, terrorism, or natural disasters, but all of us in the business world can sleep better at night by asking 'what if' and figuring out how to answer that question."

The BEST Center is Genesee Community College's new initiative to provide top-quality training and consultation services to the region's business organizations. In addition to classes and seminars, the BEST Center offers customized training, one-to-one and group consultation, conferencing services, and special events that help businesses increase productivity and profitability.