There’s good news if you want to get up to speed with the latest standards in workplace safety and health.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed 24 OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers and has announced the establishment of four new ones.
OTI Education Centers are nonprofit organizations that provide safety and health training to employees and employers throughout the country.
Announcement of the new centers comes on the heels of a record high number of requests for training from private and federal sectors. OSHA officials say the agency is resolved to meet the demand for life-saving training.
The OTI Education Centers program was launched in 1992 as an adjunct to the OSHA Training Institute, the training ground for OSHA compliance officers. This year, the program trained more than 40,000 personnel—a record number.
Popular courses currently available through the OTI Education Centers include:
- #500 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction
- #501 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry
- #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
- #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
The OSHA Outreach Training Program covers safety and health hazards and provides information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. Workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers. The 10-hour class is for entry-level workers; the 30-hour class is for supervisors or workers with safety responsibility.
The OSHA Outreach Training Program has courses for disaster site workers (second responders), construction, general industry and maritime. Subjects covered include record-keeping, machine guarding, confined space entry, electrical standards and fall arrest systems.
Upon completion of an OTI trainer course, trainers can teach 16-hour courses for disaster site workers (second responders), as well as 10-hour and 30-hour courses in construction, general industry, maritime safety and health hazards. More than 2 million people went through the Outreach Training Program between fiscal years 2010 and 2012.
OSHA said the new OTI Education Centers were chosen from applicant organizations with staff experience, organizational experience, the right location and training facilities, and the capability to provide training throughout a given region.
The four new centers are:
- Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.
- Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, Tenn.
- Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
- Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.
“This is a great achievement and establishes us as an authority in safety and safety training in the region,” said Jim Rogers, new director of the OTI Education Center at Arizona State University, via a press release.
“Now that we are a designated OSHA training center we can bring in all of the required and elective training needed by employers,” said Hilary Marabeti, assistant vice president for Continuing Education and Economic Development at Volunteer State Community College, via a release. “And because we’re a regional center, we’ll also be able to serve the surrounding states.”
OTI Education Centers do not receive any funding from OSHA; they support their training programs and Outreach Training Program administrative activities through tuition and fees.