Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Adding CSHO credentials from TEEX boosts family business

John M. Harrell has worked in and around the oil and gas industry for much of his life. Employed in risk management for 20 years, he saw an opportunity to serve several industries through a focus on safety. Partnering with his son John R. Harrell, who had been working in the aerospace industry for over 12 years, the Harrells found the perfect path to their goal through the TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official™ (CSHO) program.

Initially named John Harrell Safety, the father and son team renamed their business Axis Safety Consultants, LLC, after receiving their CSHO credentials. The company, based out of Boerne, Texas, specializes in safety training, and outfitting safety trailers and “cool down” trailers for job sites. Initially, the fact that Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is a part of The Texas A&M University System, along with the recommendation of a friend who had received CSHO – General Industry credentials through the TEEX training program, caught their attention. “After looking at programs offered through several other colleges and universities, we liked the connection between TEEX and Texas A&M University, so we chose the TEEX CSHO track.”

Because of the quality and depth of safety training available through TEEX, and the variety of courses and tracks offered, there are many options for individuals seeking CSHO credentials. The Harrells chose the Quik-Trac construction and oil field endorsements. “I have seen times where one industry will be doing well, and the other not so well, so we wanted to try to have our bases covered as a business,” said John M. They were able to train in First Aid, CPR and H2S Instructor Development, all adding to their expertise and business value.

The Quik-Trac program allows safety and health professionals to earn their CSHO certificate in as few as four months by taking classes at a single location. John M. said that this fast track program worked well for them because of its flexibility.

The TEEX courses were top-notch, John said. “The instructors were a wealth of knowledge and experience, and they all represented the Texas A&M System very well,” he added. “The instructors had a way of letting us know that they really cared about us and our futures; they did their best to make sure we walked out of the class with the knowledge we needed to be successful.” 

The CSHO credentials have set them apart from many and given them the confidence to succeed. “We are now more observant of construction job sites and oil field practices. We have helped our customers implement simple safety measures that are often overlooked, such as having first aid kits in their trucks, and maintaining and storing tools as recommended by the manufacturer,” John notes. “Additionally, the TEEX CSHO training has helped us pay more attention and recognize potential hazards in the field.”

Just as a friend recommended this course to him, he plans to recommend the TEEX CSHO program to others. “It’s like being part of a brotherhood.”

-         -- Alison Sawyer, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service