GZI 25th Anniversary


While we had already been providing training services for several years, Shafer Environmental (now Trailmarker Ltd) formally established its training division, Ground Zero Instruction (GZI) in 1990.  This photograph was published in The Meadville Tribune along with a story in February 1990.  Dave Shafer is still conducting training courses under Trailmarker GZI.

Besides Bill and Ray, several other highly qualified instructors have been integral to the quality and effectiveness of our training including Larry Bonino, Dave Kummerlowe, Ron Weikal, and Karen Eglinton.  We are proud of our efforts and are appreciative of those that have worked and supported GZI through the years.

Still pushing “The Practical Approach” GZI offers a full range of hands-on and classroom training including HAZWOPER, permit-required confined space entry, hazard communication and GHS, respiratory protection and air monitoring instrument use.  Contact Dave Shafer for more information.

Anybody Remember the Buckets?

We’ve been using the small buckets in our field exercises for at least 25 years.  They have worked well as we can pack dozens and take them on the road.  Can’t do that with drums without a big truck.  Being small, they are a challenge to read for participants trying to characterize and map the site.  It’s easy to keep everyone busy during the exercise.

levelbexAnyway, this photo is from a HAZWOPER class we presented this week to a small group of environmental professionals.   The past 2 days was hands on with air packs, instruments and decon.  The participants were sharp and obviously came to get the most out of the training.

We’ve been presenting HAZWOPER training long before it got that nickname.  Our 40 hour course is made up of many topics as expected.  What makes our training different (and we believe better) is the way we bring everything together from topic to topic.  We make sure participants know why the information and skills are important and inter-related.  With group discussions and hands-on exercises information is applied and reinforced in a way that on-line training is incapable.

If your organization is evaluating sources of training for hazardous waste operations and emergency response to hazardous materials incidents please contact us about our programs.   While we have standard programs we make every effort to tailor the training around  your needs and requirements.  You can learn more about our Field Applications of Health and Safety Program here.


©2015 Trailmarker GZI and P.D. Shafer III CET, CHMM, CSHM

GZI is the Training Division of Trailmarker Ltd.  We are dedicated to useful and effective health and safety training.  For 25 years GZI has been presenting quality training for organizations across the country.  Our course list includes confined space entry, respiratory protection, hazard communication, air monitoring instrument use, emergency response, fall protection and other OSHA required training.

NESHTA 37th Annual Conference July 21

I will be speaking at the NESHTA 37th Annual Conference in Rochester, New York on July 21.  The title of my presentation is “Safe 6: Key to a Safely Working Environment.”  The NESHTA Conference is being conducted in association with the 2015 PETE Instructor Conference.  I’m looking forward to it.  Please come to my presentation if you will be attending the conference.



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The Safely Working Project and Safe 6

Employee health and safety training is a critical component in maintaining a safe workplace.   Many companies have developed effective training programs that they implement themselves; other companies hire consultants and trainers; and there are those that do little or nothing.  I submit that most companies recognize that when their employees are Safely Working productivity is always better.  Cost is always a consideration, especially for small businesses.  As well, they are challenged to develop appropriate and effective training for their employees.

The problem is where to start and where to go with safety training.  There are plenty of vendors who have DVDs;  lots of publishers that offer training booklets and flyers; and certainly OSHA has hundreds of pages of guidance.  Still, who has the time to invest in sorting though catalogs, regulations, manuals and websites for assistance?  That’s where “The Safely Working Project” fills the gap.  Built around “Safe 6,” the Project offers simple and sensible guidance for employers.  Free guidance and free downloads are available at the Safely Working Community – Safe 6 Forum located at Safe6.org.

Dave Shafer has been working for the past couple years developing The Safely Working Project.  More information is available at SafelyWorking.net.  You can also keep up with the Project on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  There’s nothing status quo about Trailmarker EHS.  We’re always learning, improving and enhancing so our customers get the best service available.


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