Statewide Health and Safety Program

Welcome to the State Health & Safety Unit website.  This site is designed to provide DGS employees with safety education and training resources to assist DGS offices and other public agencies in complying with safety mandates and making the workplace a healthier and safer environment.  It also provides DGS offices and other state departments with an opportunity to participate in a statewide safety recognition program.

You may obtain additional information regarding these resources via our links. We look forward to your participation in our programs.

Basic Safety Training (BST)

What is basic safety training? 
The State Basic Safety Training (BST) class is a program that is designed to give you a firm technical background in safety. Some of the topics covered included:

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • General Safety & Health 
  • Injury Illness Prevention Program 
  • Reporting Occupational injury & Illness
  • Accident Investigation
  • Ergonomics Program Management
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Bloodborne Pathogens 
  • Walking Working Surfaces 
  • Fire Protection & Emergency Action Plans 
  • Flammable & Combustible Liquids 
  • Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Electrical
  • Fall Protection
  • Confined Space
  • Material Handling & Storage
  • Machine Guarding
  • Occupational Safety & Inspection Techniques 

Who should take it? 
It is mandatory (SAM 2580.4) for all state departmental safety coordinators to take this class within one year of appointment. It is also available to safety coordinators of other public entities on a space available basis. 

How long is it? 
This class is a five day program. 

Is there a fee? 
The charge is $1,000 per student. 

*No charge to state employees

How do I register? 
You may view availability and register for this class by visiting the DGS Training website

Tavelle Matteucci
(Statewide Health and Safety Program Coordinator) 

Defensive Driver Training (DDT)

Defensive Driver Training was developed to help reduce the number, severity, and cost of vehicle-related collisions. Four programs are available to meet the needs of your agency.

  • Online Training: A 2 1/2 hour class that is designed as a catalyst to stimulate drivers to think in terms of minimizing their risks in order to survive in today's highway transportation system. Upon successful completion, students receive a completion card valid for four years. This course fulfills SAM 0751.
  • Behind-The-Wheel Training: A four hour class designed to refresh the driver's memory of forgotten practices, reinforce good practices, and teach risk management strategies. Classroom training is a prerequisite for this course.
  • One-On-One Training: A day long class for one person focusing on intensive training and behind-the-wheel evaluation. This class is recommended for employees who are having more than their share of driving problems. Classroom training is a prerequisite for this course.
  • Van Driver Training: A five hour class designed for van drivers. Upon successful completion, students receive a completion card valid for three years. This course fulfills SAM 0751.

Who should take it? 
All state employees who frequently drive on state business should attend. Training is offered on a continuous basis.

Is there a fee?

  • On-Line......................No Fee
  • Behind-the-Wheel..........$125 per student
  • One-on-One....................$550 per student
  • Van Driver Training........$35 per student
*No fee to state agencies

How do I register? 
For regularly scheduled classroom training please visit the DGS training website 

For behind-the-wheel, one-on-one and van driver training classes contact:

Michele Stiger 
Statewide Health & Safety Program Coordinator 

Ergonomics Training for Trainers

What is office ergonomics training for trainers? 

The Ergonomics Training for Trainers class is a program that is designed to give participants firm technical background in the area of ergonomics. Participants will gain a practical working knowledge of applying ergonomics. At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Perform basic ergonomic evaluations
  • Provide employee training on ergonomics principles
  • Identify risk factors related to repetitive motion injuries
  • Determine practical control strategies
  • Understand OSHA requirements

Who should take it? 
Those responsible for educating staff about ergonomics as well as performing workstation evaluations, including managers, supervisors and safety personnel. 

How long is it? 
The class is a two day program with the first day focusing on learning the technical aspects of ergonomics and the second day providing a more hands-on approach for performing workstation evaluations. 

Is there a fee? 
No fee to state agencies 

How do I register? 
For scheduled training, please visit the DGS Training Website 

For additional information contact: 
Tavelle Matteucci
Statewide Health and Safety Program Coordinator

Governor's Employee Safety Awards (GESA)

The Governor’s Employee Safety Award (GESA) was established in 1980 to promote health and safety in the workplace by recognizing individuals and groups who have provided outstanding health and safety to the state.  Awards are presented to individuals or groups who have responded to hazardous or life threatening events, reduced the number of occupational injuries or vehicular accidents, as well as those who have developed safety programs that are not a part of their normal job duties during the preceding year.  Invitation for Nominations Letter (PDF)

GESA Nomination Information

Nominations are due to ORIM by the close of business Sept. 1, 2017. Each department is authorized two nominations (a single nomination can be either an individual or a group)  Some departments are authorized additional slots, based on size (PDF).  Awards are given in individual, group, and departmental categories according to different criteria.  Download the nomination criteria (PDF).To nominate an outstanding candidate please complete the GESA Nomination Form (PDF).

If you have questions, please contact: 

Tavelle Matteucci
(State Wide Health and Safety Program Coordinator)