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Region 3 News Release: 08-138-PHI (osha 08-006)
Feb. 1, 2008
Contact: Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5102

U.S. Department of Labor's new OSHA train-the-trainer course focuses on safety and health issues for maritime industry
West Virginia University course to be offered Feb. 18 through 21 in Portsmouth, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute Education Center will join the West Virginia University National Resource Center to offer a new course designed for members of the maritime industry. The course will be held Feb.18 through 21 at the Drydock Club (Building 1461) located at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.

The "Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for the Maritime Industry" (#5400) is designed for those in the private sector interested in teaching OSHA's 10-hour and 30-hour maritime safety and health outreach program to their employees and other interested groups. Upon completion, participants will be able to conduct courses in shipyard employment, including ship repairing and shipbuilding; ship breaking; marine terminals; and longshoring.

"This course provides the perfect foundation on which to build a team of safety and health professionals equipped with the knowledge to help keep employees in the maritime industry safe and healthy on the job," said Leo Edwards, director of OSHA's area office in Norfolk, Va.

To enroll in the course, participants must have at least two years of occupational safety and health experience in the ship repairing, shipbuilding, ship breaking, marine terminals or longshoring industry, and at least one of the following:
  • Two additional years of occupational safety and health experience in any industry.
  • A degree in occupational safety and health from an accredited college or university.
For more information or to register for the course, telephone 304-293-3089.

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