PPDC partners to meet safety needs of Permian Basin

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Aug. 4—MIDLAND — The Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) will participate in Excavation Safety Day presented by the Damage Prevention Council of Texas. The date of Aug. 11 conveniently coincides with the phone number to call (811) before you dig.

The safety day will be held in Monahans at the Ward County Event Center, 1525 E Monahans Parkway, starting at 8 a.m. It is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend, a news release said.

The PPDC will present information about the Center's Risk Management Institute safety courses and will have information available regarding Permian Basin STEPS (Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety) network. The PPDC hosts monthly STEPS meetings on the Midland College main campus in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room at 8:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Permian Basin STEPS representatives will be present at the safety day event in Monahans.

"Partnering with Texas811 for Excavation Safety Day is a great opportunity for the PPDC to extend our community outreach with the Damage Prevention Council of Texas and STEPS while bringing our safety and risk management classes to the public," Erin Van Evera-Welch, director of the Midland College PPDC, explained in the release. "Our classes are open to the Permian Basin community, and we provide continuing education for everyone—not just those who work directly in the petroleum industry."