News Release USDL: 95.258
Wednesday, July 5, 1995
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Names Four New Education Centers
Three Midwestern educational consortiums and the University
of Washington will offer Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) training courses as newly designated job
safety and health education centers effective Sept. 1.
"By expanding our 'franchised' training centers to 12, we
can significantly increase access to OSHA-developed educational
courses, enabling additional employees and employers to learn how
to make their workplaces safer and more healthful," said
Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Joseph A. Dear.
"Through the education centers we are able to leverage OSHA
resources, making our expertise more widely available in an
efficient, cost-effective way. This approach furthers President
Clinton's commitment to reinventing OSHA and builds on his
conviction that it is possible for business to 'do right and do
well'--combining concern for employee safety with profitability,"
The four new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) education centers
include: a consortium composed of Northern Illinois University,
the Construction Safety Council and the National Safety Council,
which will offer training in the suburban Chicago area; a
consortium including the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota
Safety Council and the University of Cincinnati, which will offer
courses in St. Paul and Cincinnati; a joint project of Eastern
Michigan University and the UAW, which will offer courses in
Ypsilanti, Mich.; and the University of Washington, which will
teach OSHA courses at its campus in Seattle.
Chosen from among 30 applicants, the organizations will join
eight other similar sites to provide additional opportunities for
the private sector and federal agencies to receive training on
OSHA standards. OSHA is authorizing the centers for 13 months
initially, but if the arrangement is successful, the agency may
extend authorization for an additional two years.
Each of the four new centers will offer courses in general
industry covering machinery and machine guarding standards;
guides to voluntary compliance in safety and health; voluntary
compliance in industrial hygiene; a collateral duty course for
employees of other federal agencies; and a course for instructors
on OSHA's construction standards. OSHA provides curriculum
outlines, master copies of student handouts and assistance to the
organizations in presenting and or answering questions on OSHA
policy. The centers receive no federal funds, but charge their
normal tuition and fees to participants to support the courses.
Current OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, also
selected through a competitive process, include: Keene State
College, Manchester, N.H.; Niagara County Community College,
Lockport, N.Y.; West Virginia University/National Resource Center
for Construction Safety and Health, Morgantown, W.Va.; Georgia
Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Ga.; Texas Engineering
Extension Service/Texas Safety Association, Arlington, Texas;
Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Mo.; Red Rocks
Community College/Trinidad State Junior College, Lakewood, Colo.;
and the University of California, San Diego, Calif.