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Delmarva Safety Conference Addresses New Safety Techniques

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Health and safety workers from across the peninsula gathered Monday for the 38th annual Delmarva Safety Conference.

The event was held at the Clarion Hotel and provides training opportunities to enhance safety programs at local company's.

Robert Gregory is the president of the Delmarva Safety Association, the group that hosts the event. He said it's important to keep health and safety officials up to date on new and improving standards.

"It's very important to learn about safety," he said. "That you can go home, that you can go home each and every day accident- and injury-free."

One session on Monday's agenda was learning about medical marijuana in the work place.

"If you've got an employee that's using medical marijuana, we've gotta know the boundaries in the workplace because if you're working around machinery, around equipment, so on and so forth, it could cause an incident to happen," Gregory said. "We need to make sure that we're within the rules and know the parameters that we're working in."

Another seminar known as "Traffic Incident Management" or TIM, addressed a growing problem; first responders being hit by cars while dealing with a roadside incident. According to safety officials, it is the second most common way firefighter's die in Maryland.

According to Patrick Rooney, the training manager for the State Highway Administration's emergency response team, safety workers learned how to coordinate and be prepared for anything.

"We're finding out that a lot of the struck by incidents involving the responders are people that are not paying attention as they're coming up on the incident," he explained.

The conference kicked off Monday morning with a ceremony honoring the Ocean City Coast Guard for 100 years of service and maritime safety.

The events continue Tuesday.


 

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