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 August 11 (8/11) conveniently coincides with the phone number to call (811) before you dig. The safety
day will be held in Monahans, TX at the Ward County Event Center, 1525 E Monahans Pkwy, starting at 8:00
a.m. It is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
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. “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.”
Midland College PPDC
The Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) provides high-quality,
timely and pertinent continuing education opportunities regarding the Permian Basin
regional energy industry and related topics. The PPDC facilitates dynamic interaction
between the community, the college and the industry through strong collaborative efforts
with local professional societies. Staff at the PPDC also administer the Midland
College Risk Management Institute, which provides safety training to individuals,
businesses and organizations throughout the West Texas area. For more information,
contact PPDC staff, via email or phone, (432) 683-2832. Course information also available online via the MC website.
Texas811 is nonprofit and member-driven, including over 2,000 utility and municipal
members. It serves all 254 counties in Texas by providing around-the-clock bilingual
availability to notify member companies of planned excavation near underground utility
lines. More information available on the Texas811 website.
Permian Basin STEPS (Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety)
Permian Basin STEPS works cooperatively with the energy industry and OSHA to accomplish
one common goal—“Incident Free Work Place.” Meetings center around lessons learned,
best practices and updates from OSHA concerning regulation. Presenters cover a cross
section of information pertaining to energy industry safety. Visit the Permian Basin STEPS website for more information.