Safety Directors Meet

January 2010

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SIU Safety Directors from seven ports recently traveled to Maryland for various training and updates, including in-depth, hands-on sessions utilizing the new Seafarers Management Information System (SMIS). The safety directors’ stops in late November included the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center in Piney Point, Md., SIU headquarters (Camp Springs, Md.) and the AFL-CIO’s Maritime Trades Department (Washington, D.C.).

Taking part in the training and meetings were SIU Safety Directors Abdul Al-Omari, Monte Burgett, Brian Kinard, Ashley Nelson, Ryan Palmer, Sam Spain and Mark Von Siegel.

“The entire experience was worthwhile, but it was particularly interesting and a pleasure to visit AFL-CIO and MTD headquarters,” said Burgett. “That was an excellent part of the trip.”

“It was a great experience,” said Spain. “It was eye-opening, especially what we learned about some of the current political events. We received a lot of good, useful information, including what we learned at the school.”

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