Chalmette Refining donates equipment to Southeastern
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CHALMETTE REFINING DONATES EQUIPMENT - Some of the equipment donated by Chalmette Refining to Southeastern Louisiana University is displayed at a recent class in the Occupational, Safety, Health and Environment program. From left are ExxonMobile industrial hygienist Wayne LaCombe, OSH&E coordinator Lawrence Mauerman, and Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology.
HAMMOND – Chalmette Refining has donated monitoring equipment and instruments to Southeastern Louisiana University for use in the university’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program.
The equipment, which includes microscopes for asbestos and fiber analysis, a gas chromatograph and other instruments for the collection and analysis of hazardous agents in the workplace and environment, has a current value of more than $40,000. It had been used at Chalmette Refining to assess potential exposure levels of noise, hazardous agents and toxic chemicals to the workforce and community.
Based in the city of Chalmette, the plant is operated by ExxonMobil Oil Corp.
"The equipment is in excellent condition and will provide our students with
hands-on learning experiences using the same equipment that is in use in industrial plants," said Lawrence Mauerman, coordinator of OSH&E degree programs at Southeastern.
“The university truly appreciates the interest that our industrial partners have in our programs, as evidenced by this donation,” said Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “Our industrial partners serve on our advisory councils, helping us to keep our curricula current and up-to-date; they support our educational efforts in every way they can.”
The equipment was presented to the university by Wayne M. LaCombe, industrial hygienist with ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge complex. He serves as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern and on the university’s OSH&E Advisory Council.
LaCombe said he felt it was important that the equipment continue to be used in a setting such as Southeastern, which is training future technologists for Louisiana’s petrochemical industry and other industries.
Southeastern has offered its OSH&E degree program since 1996. Originally a two-year associate of applied science degree program, it was expanded to include a four-year bachelor of science degree program in 2005. It is the only four-year program of its type in the southeastern states.