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Behm Delivers Safety Training

East Carolina University professor Michael Behm (Occupational Safety) provided a safety training session Sept. 22 for personnel in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility in Greenville.

Along with Matt Rice, a graduate student in ECU’s occupational program, Behm presented information on general safety awareness, moving heavy objects, and handling hazardous materials. He also completed a safety inspection for the store, which resells donated household items to support Habitat’s building efforts in Pitt County.


Faculty and students from the occupational safety master’s program in the ECU Department of Technology Systems complete outreach programs regularly, Behm said.

“It helps our students gain experience, while providing an important service that can mitigate accidents…in organizations that may not have the resources to proactively address occupational safety and health issues,” he said.

In 2005, a graduate student from the program completed a fire safety audit for an economically disadvantaged pre-school. This year, plans are underway for an occupational safety program for TCIWorks of Rocky Mount, an organization that hires the mentally and physically handicapped.

Faith Medrano, Greenville ReStore manager, said the safety training was an effort to be proactive in addressing safety and workplace hazards to help ReStore provide a safe environment for employees, volunteers and customers.

“We want to have a solid safety policy in place for our store move coming up in November,” she added. The store will move from West 10th Street to the 14th Street Merchant Center, behind Harris Teeter in Greenville.

ReStore solicits donations of household items including furniture, appliances, books, office furniture, collectible and vintage items. Profits fund construction of Habitat homes and offset operational costs of Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County. For more information on ReStore, call 252-329-8364.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at