The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on September 18, 2012, that it will be introducing 4 new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers and renewing 24 existing centers. Created in 1992 to train and educate OSHA compliance officers, the program now also provides nationwide training to both the private sector and federal agencies.
Selected through a national competition, the new education centers were announced on April 13, 2012. Organizations that applied, were evaluated on several factors including: organizational experience, staff experience, location and training facilities, marketing and recruitment, administrative capabilities, and the ability to provide training throughout a given region.
Training centers are divided into 10 regions based on location. New locations include Florida State College at Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL; Volunteer State Community College -Gallatin, TN; Alliance Safety Council - Baton Rouge, LA; Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA; and Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ.
Courses on OSHA standards, health issues, and occupational safety are currently being offered at training centers. The new education centers will offer expanded safety and health training to workers and employers throughout the country. The available courses will cover construction, general industry, disaster site, and maritime.
“This year, we have seen record numbers of requests for occupational safety and health training from the private sector and federal agency personnel,” stated Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “The renewal of OTI’s education centers and the addition of four new centers will help OSHA to meet this demand and deliver life-saving training to our country’s employers and workers.”
OTI centers assist OSHA in conducting its Outreach Training Program and satisfying the program’s monitoring requirements. These centers are the primary source for program trainer courses. Through these programs, when individuals complete a 1-week OSHA trainer course they are then authorized to teach 10 or 30-hour courses focusing on safety and health hazards.
A wide variety of safety and health hazards exist for disaster site employees and general, construction, and maritime workers. Increase worker productivity and decrease the risk of injury with training on how to recognize, avoid, and prevent hazards, and how to properly use safety products, including safety glasses, fall protection, lockout tag out, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).