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OSHA looks to start more Training Institute Education Centers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 12, 2012, that it will begin accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to be cleared to give standard classroom instruction on occupational safety and health as an OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

The initiative is a part of OSHA's Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers Program, which serves private sector workers, supervisors, and employers within OSHA's jurisdiction.

"The number of requests for occupational safety and health training from private sector and federal agency personnel continues to grow," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "In 2012, OSHA hopes to increase the number of OTI Education Centers capable of offering quality occupational safety and health training."

OSHA started the program in 1992 in response to the growing demand for workplace safety training that was focused on OSHA compliance. Since then, the centers have trained more than 250,000 students.

OSHA's training centers provide training that promotes work safety and helps businesses stay in compliance with current standards, including appropriate use of personal protective equipment. Ensure workers are safe from hazards by supplying hard hats, work gloves, hearing protection, and other safety products.