FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Many unemployed workers in South Florida hope to gain work from the Gulf oil spill, but beyond beach cleanup, training for hazardous oil spill cleanup work is difficult to find, according to the Sun Sentinel.
While legitimate training is taking place, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) and contractors warn workers seeking jobs to be cautious of online training or classes less than the full 40-hour hazardous waste and emergency training, the release stated.
According to the article, OSHA recommends Florida workers wait until they are needed and get free training.
"If you get hired by BP
or a contractor, they will pay for your training. You don''t have to pay for anything," said Michael Wald, a spokesman for OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor in Atlanta
"There''s a lot of fraud out there. We''re catching instructors acting like PEC instructors. All PEC training is paid for by BP," said Wes Carr, PEC''s executive vice president.