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WVU Safety and Health Extension becomes a SafeLand Accrediting Organization

Tiffany Rice, WVU Extension safety and specialist and assistant professor, and Chris Warnick, WVU Extension safety and health adjunct instructor, standing beside presentation screen with WVU Extension Safety and Health | SafeLandUSA logo.

West Virginia University Extension Safety and Health Extension has been recognized as a SafeLand Accrediting Organization, one of three organizations to obtain this designation nationally.

SafeLand is steadfastly committed to promoting safety best practices, reducing worksite injuries and eliminating accidental deaths through education. The organization’s mission is to guide accrediting organizations on standardized health, safety and environmental educational programs for the energy industry by providing modern and interactive education and training programs.

SafeLand has led the way for developing quality and consistent awareness education for workers,” Tiffany Rice, WVU Extension safety and health specialist and assistant professor, explains. “It’s crucial that employees receive a foundation of hazard recognition and abatement methods, so they can learn to recognize, and potentially avoid, safety and health hazards and risks on the job site—and SafeLand teaches them to do just that. WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension looks forward to working with the organization to provide robust course offerings for all energy workers.” 

The WVU SafeLandUSA program provides a unique picture-based learning environment that helps the participants identify hazards they may encounter on the job site. To encourage discussion and engagement throughout the course, the program includes many role play scenarios and case study group activities.

In addition to SafeLandUSA, WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension will provide the SafeLandH2S training program that meets and exceeds the ANSI Z390.1 Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Training Standard. This training is an interactive educational opportunity that meets the yearly requirement for employees working in and around hydrogen sulfide.

“WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension is committed to engaging with the energy industry and identifying areas of need for continuing education and training,” Rice said. “For over a decade, we have provided awareness and targeted topic training for the oil and gas industry—many of which were delivered at no cost through Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood Training Grants. It’s exciting to take this next step of becoming an accrediting organization with SafeLand and putting WVU Extension programs on a visible platform for training providers across the country.”

WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension will be hosting a series of SafeLandUSA and SafeLandH2S Train the Trainer Courses in the upcoming months. Experience in oil and gas, teaching, and safety and health is required. Information for WVU SafeLand can be found on the WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension website.

To learn more about the program and offerings, contact Tiffany Rice at or call 1-800-670-4838.

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CONTACT: Lindsay Wiles
Communications Specialist, Sr.
WVU Extension