The Renewable Fuels Association recently celebrated 10 years of its industry-leading safety training program that has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers, ethanol plant workers and others, protecting the industry’s employees and saving lives in communities around the world.
RFA Director of Technical Services Missy Ruff says that over the past decade, RFA has hosted 328 training events reaching more than 13,000 attendees since December 2010. The ethanol Emergency Response Seminars and Webinars have reached over 8,000 people, while “Train the Trainer” programs and the Online Ethanol Emergency Response Course have reached more than 4,000. In-person training has been held in every state except Hawaii, but Ruff says they are working on getting that done this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic did have an impact on the in-person training segment of the program, but Ruff says it did actually help them expand their reach. “Because of the pandemic and moving our training to an on-line platform we’ve also trained attendees in 26 countries on five continents,” said Ruff.
RFA is currently working to update eight training module videos and an additional learning management platform, to be completed by spring 2021. In addition, a full slate of online training seminars has been scheduled for 2021. Listen to the interview with Missy Ruff below and visit www.EthanolResponse.com for more information.Interview with Missy Ruff, RFA, on ethanol safety training (9:14)