FY 2024 Federal Agency Training Week

FY2024 Fed Week Program

FEDWEEK 2024 is scheduled for August 6 – August 8, 2024.  The program overview, seminar descriptions, and registration instructions are provided for your information.  The training is offered both in-person and virtual.  Please note that registration for FEDWEEK 2024 starts June 10 and ends July 19, 2024.

 
In-Person Schedule – Arlington Heights, Illinois

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

TIME

Classroom 2

Classroom 4

8:30am – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6405
Electrical Safety

Signey Hernandez

6401
Control of Hazardous Energy

Carlos Gallegos

Lunch  

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6603
Scaffolding in Construction
An Overview

Martin Garcia

6402
Forklifts & Material Handling

Zoya Sotirova

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

TIME

Classroom 2

Classroom 4

8:30am – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6407 Fire Protection

Keith Erwin

6808
Blood Borne Pathogens

Joel Gonzalez-Toro

Lunch  

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6803
Respirable Crystalline Silica

David Novak &
Justin Paxtin

6405
Electrical Safety

Signey Hernandez

 

Thursday August 8, 2024

TIME

Classroom 2

Classroom 4

8:30am – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6408
Emergency Preparedness for
the Federal Workplace

John Gallagher

6603
Scaffolding in Construction
An Overview

Martin Garcia

Lunch  

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6814
Managing an Effective
Respiratory Protection Program

Migdaliz De Jesus Casado &
Tim Gackle

6402
Forklifts & Material Handling

Zoya Sotirova

Virtual Schedule – Blackboard Classroom

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

TIME

 

 

8:30am – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6408
Emergency Preparedness for
the Federal Workplace

John Gallagher

6814
Managing an Effective
Respiratory Protection Program

Migdaliz De Jesus Casado &
Tim Gackle

Lunch  

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6110
Verbal De-Escalation
Techniques

Tina Beacham-Bowden &
Matthew Sadler

6808
Blood Borne Pathogens

Joel Gonzalez-Toro

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

TIME

 

 

8:30am – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6401
Control of Hazardous Energy

Carlos Gallegos

6110
Verbal De-Escalation
Techniques

Tina Beacham-Bowden

Lunch  

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6408
Emergency Preparedness for
the Federal Workplace

John Gallagher

6814
Managing an Effective
Respiratory Protection Program

Migdaliz De Jesus Casado &
Tim Gackle

 

Thursday August 8, 2024

TIME

 

 

8:30am – 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6407
Fire Protection

Keith Erwin

6803
Respirable Crystalline Silica

David Novak &
Justin Paxton

Lunch  

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Choose one

6110
Verbal De-Escalation
Techniques

Tina Beacham-Bowden &
Matthew Sadler

6405
Electrical Safety

Signey Hernandez

FedWeek 2024 Self-Enrollment Procedures

Join us for FEDWEEK 2024 August 6 through August 8, 2024
We are excited to offer both virtual and in-person options.
OSHA Training Institute (OTI)
2020 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: JUNE 10 THROUGH JULY 19, 2024
YOU MUST CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND THEN ENROLL PRIOR TO ATTENDING FEDWEEK

 

NOW

 

  1. Create an account in Blackboard following the self-account creation process (only if you do not have an account). If you have an account that needs to be updated or are unsure if you have an account, contact Student Services at OTI.Registration@dol.gov.

AFTER REGISTRATION OPENS – JUNE 10 – JULY 19, 2024

  1. Enroll in the FedWeek seminar(s) you wish to attend; please note some sections are virtual and some are in-person; refer to the course schedule attached.

Seminar materials will NOT be provided in print from the OSHA Training Institute (OTI). Students may print the materials prior to attending, or they may bring an electronic device for use in the classroom. A limited number of power outlets will be available to accommodate student devices. Materials are available in pdf format. See instructions to access materials below.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT FEDWEEK:

Please be prepared to provide/show a form of United States government identification.

NOTE: Be sure to sign in for all seminars attended. You will not receive credit for seminars for which you did not sign in.

WHEN ATTENDING FEDWEEK VIRTUALLY:

  • Use the Chrome browser and disconnect from the VPN for the best results. You may need to clear your cache/history.
  • Blackboard can be accessed from any device that can connect to the internet.
  • Sign in early to allow time for a short video on using the Collaborate virtual classroom in Blackboard.
  • Ensure you have a working microphone.
  • Follow instructions below to access the virtual classroom.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN BLACKBOARD AND SELF-ENROLL IN FEDWEEK SEMINAR(S):

PART 1 – CREATE AN ACCOUNT

  1. Go to https://oshaelearning.geniussis.com/PublicWelcome.aspx to access Blackboard
  2. Click the "New User" button to begin the process of creating an account. IMPORTANT: Do NOT create an account if you already have one. Also, creating an account does not mean you are enrolled in the Fed Week 2024 seminar(s). You must self-enroll into each section you wish to attend after your account is approved.
    OSHA eLearning new user registration

     

  3. Complete the "Registration" form.
  4. Once your account is approved, you will receive an automated welcome email from the Blackboard system.
  5. For further self-account creation instructions see attached Job Aid.

PART 2 – SELF-ENROLL

  1. Return to Blackboard Login page, enter your official work email and the password you created.
  2. You will arrive at your Learner Dashboard, in the left-hand column click "Register for Course."
    OSHA eLearning dashboard with registration highlighted

     

  3. In the search box, enter the number of the seminar you wish to attend from the FedWeek schedule (attached).
    OSHA eLearning course search page with example course number

     

  4. Once you've chosen the date and time of the seminar for which you wish to enroll, click "register" (1 below) and then click "confirm enrollment" (2 below). Remember a) some sections are virtual, and some are in-person, and b) there are sections running concurrently, do not enroll in more than one section in each time frame.
    OSHA eLearning course registration process

     

  5. Return to your Dashboard to view the seminar(s) for which you have enrolled, listed in the "Active Courses" box.
    OSHA eLearning dashboard showing active courses

     

  6. Register in all the seminars you wish to attend.

SEMINAR CONTENTS IN BLACKBOARD:

From the Blackboard "Dashboard":

  1. Click on the course title in the "Active Courses" box.
  2. You will arrive on the Course Page, this is the contents of the seminar, "Welcome", the "Course Materials", and the "Completion Confirmation."
  3. Click on the course materials, you will have the option of viewing the materials in Blackboard or downloading them to an alternate location. Note that materials will no longer be available to you once FedWeek is closed.
    OSHA eLearning course content page with course materials highlighted

     

  4. When FedWeek is over and you have completed the seminar, confirm your completion by clicking on "Seminar Completion Confirmation."

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM:

  1. If you are attending virtual seminars, access the virtual classroom when the seminar is to begin from the Course Page. Click on the course title in the "Active Courses" box, you will arrive on the Course Page.
  2. In the left-hand column, you will see "Blackboard Collaborate" and under that "Join Session."
  3. Click on "Join Session" and a drop-down "Course Room" appears, click "Course Room."
    OSHA eLearning course content page with course room highlighted

     

CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION:

  1. Once your attendance at a FedWeek seminar has been confirmed, you will be able to download and print certificates from your Blackboard "Dashboard" in the "Completed Courses" box.
  2. Click on the title of the course once, and "Download Certificate" will appear. Click to download.
    Note it may take several weeks before your dashboard populates with the seminars you completed.
    OSHA eLearning dashboard with completed courses highlighted

     

TIPS:

  • If you've forgotten your password, enter your email and click "forgot password" on the Login page.
  • Blackboard technical support can be requested by clicking "Contact Support" on the Login page.
  • If you have questions, contact Lana Nieves, OFAP, at nieves.lana.a@dol.gov, Student Services at OTI.Registration@dol.gov, or Sue Ellen DeManche, OTE, at demanche.sueellen@dol.gov.
  • Space in FedWeek is limited, please cancel your enrollment from sessions you are unable to attend.

OTI Self-Account Creation

WHO IS THE OSHA TRAINING INSTITUTE (OTI) SELF-ACCOUNT CREATION PROCESS FOR:

  • State OSHA learners
  • Other Government Agency (OGA) learners outside of federal/state OSHA
  • Private Sector learners

IMPORTANT NOTE: This process is NOT for federal OSHA students. Federal OSHA accounts are created through a feed from the US Department of Labor's HR Connect System.

HOW TO CREATE A LEARNER ACCOUNT IN THE OTI BLACKBOARD LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS):

  • Go to https://oshaelearning.geniussis.com/PublicWelcome.aspx
  • Click the 'New User (other than Federal OSHA)' button and follow the instructions below.
    NOTE: All fields are required.
  • Complete name fields with your full legal name (if you do not have a middle name, leave that blank): Legal First Name, Legal Middle Name, and Legal Last Name.
  • Select your Job Specialization from the drop-down list (e.g., Administrative Specialist, Industrial Hygienist, Other, Safety Specialist, or Whistleblower Investigator).
  • Complete the email address fields with your official work email address: Work Email and Confirm Work Email.
  • Complete the phone number fields with your work phone number and work or personal cell number: Work Phone Number and Cell Phone.
  • Answer the question 'Are you a State Plan OSHA or Consultation Employee?'

    Click 'Yes' to answer this question if you work for state OSHA (Consultation or Enforcement)

    Click 'No' If you work for a private sector company or government agency outside of federal/state OSHA.

    The next question appears to Select Affiliation (Org Name). If you work for state OSHA, select the state OSHA affiliation you work for (e.g., Alabama Consultation, Illinois Consultation, Illinois Enforcement, etc.). If you do NOT work for federal/state OSHA, select Other Government Agency (OGA) or Private Sector.

  • Complete the address fields with your work address: Work Street Address 1 & 2, Work City, Work State, and Work Zip.
  • Complete the supervisor email fields with your supervisor's official work email address: Supervisor Work Email and Confirm Supervisor Work Email.
  • Complete both password fields following the password requirements (e.g., Minimum 8 characters, 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, 1 number, and 1 special character.)
  • Click to check the box for 'I'm not a Robot' to complete the reCAPTCHA process.
  • Click the 'Register' button to agree with the Usage Terms and send the request for Approval.
    OSHA eLearning registration form

     

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR FORM:

Once the form is submitted, it will go through a TWO step approval process.

1st level approval: An Approval Notification is emailed to the state OSHA Training Coordinator(s) if you work for a state OSHA agency. An Approval Notification is emailed to Student Services if you work for a government agency outside of federal/state OSHA or a private sector company.

2nd level approval: An Approval Notification is emailed to Student Services after your state OSHA Training Coordinator submits the first-level approval. If you do not work for state OSHA (OGA or private sector learners), both approvals are emailed to Student Services.

If a state OSHA Training Coordinator is not set up for the Affiliation (Org Name) you selected, the first-level Approval Notification is emailed to Student Services.

When the request is approved at both levels, the welcome email is sent to you with a link to log in.

If the request is declined at any level, an email is sent to you with the declination reason and steps to take for corrections.

2024 FEDWEEK SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS

Seminar 6110: Verbal De-Escalation Techniques

This seminar will demonstrate application of strategies for difficult situations and conversations. Strategies can be applied over a wide array of settings both on-the-job and in everyday life.

Intended audience: All individuals who provide customer service in emotionally charged situations.

Seminar 6401: Control of Hazardous Energy (Lock Out)

This seminar provides an overview of the requirements of a lockout program designed to prevent exposure to unexpected start-up of equipment during servicing and maintenance activities.

Intended audience: Individuals who have occupational safety and health responsibilities for lock out program or servicing and maintenance responsibilities at their workplace.

Seminar 6402: Forklifts and Material Handling

This seminar will cover various types of material handling and powered industrial trucks used in general industry. Takeaway for the seminar will include proper inspection techniques, hazard recognition and best practices.

Intended audience: All personnel involved in the operation of material handling equipment.

Seminar 6405: Electrical Safety

This seminar provides a broad overview of common electrical hazards found in the workplace, and primary methods of preventing or controlling employee exposure.

Intended audience: Individuals who have occupational safety and health responsibilities for reporting or referring potential electrical hazards created by workplace exposures.

Seminar 6407: Fire Protection

This seminar provides an overview of the common fire protection hazards found in the workplace, and primary methods of preventing or controlling employee exposure.

Intended audience: Individuals who have occupational safety and health responsibilities for reporting or referring potential fire protection-related hazards created by workplace exposures.

Seminar 6408: Emergency Preparedness for the Federal Workplace

This seminar provides the requirements for developing an Occupant Emergency Plan at the Federal Workplace. The guided workshops will allow participants to practice the development of a plan. Resources provided will assist in the development of emergency plan or improvement of an existing one.

Intended audience: Collateral Duty Safety Officers, Union Representatives, Managers, and Emergency Response Team Members

Seminar 6603: Scaffolding in Construction - An Overview

This seminar will introduce the learner to OSHA's construction scaffolding standards. Best practices and guidance documents will be explored.

Intended audience: Individuals who are responsible to monitor or perform work from scaffolds

Seminar 6808: Blood Borne Pathogens

The goal of this seminar is to teach the learner about the requirements of OSHA's Blood Borne Pathogens Standard. The course will cover the definition of anticipated occupational exposure and requirement for collateral duty first aid providers.

Intended audience: Individuals who have occupational safety and health responsibilities for complying with the blood borne pathogens standard.

Seminar 6814: Managing an Effective Respiratory Protection Program

This seminar explores common problems encountered in the management of Respiratory Protection Programs, with a focus on the hierarchy of controls. Hazard analysis, engineering controls, respirator selection, and effective management of other program elements will be discussed.

Intended audience: Individuals who have occupational safety and health responsibilities for managing or evaluating a respiratory protection program.

Seminal 6819: Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)

This seminar will explore the requirements of the respirable crystalline silica standards in general industry and construction, including common indicators of exposure, hazard awareness, and operations involving respirable crystalline silica.

Intended audience: Individuals who have occupational safety and health responsibilities for reporting or referring potential construction safety hazards created by workplace exposures.