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Region 4 News Release: 07-1839-ATL-367
Dec. 5, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078 (404) 562-2076

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA introduces outreach training program focused on safety and health issues for maritime industry
University of South Florida class to be offered Dec. 10 through 13 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Maritime Safety Alliance (GCMSA) and the University of South Florida (USF), is offering a new OSHA outreach training program focused on the safety and health of employees in the maritime industry. Individuals who successfully complete the trainer course will be authorized to teach 10- or 30-hour courses in maritime safety and health hazard recognition in the targeted areas of shipyard employment, marine terminals and longshoring.

The new OSHA #5400 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry will be available through OSHA Training Institute (OTI) education centers nationwide. The first public session will be offered by the University of South Florida's OTI Education Center from Dec. 10 through 13 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

"This local alliance with GCMSA and USF has been a huge success and demonstrates the potential national impact that cooperative agreements can have on creating safer workplaces," said Ken Atha, OSHA's area director in Mobile, Ala.

OSHA is a leading member of the GCMSA, which also includes the Gulf Coast Maritime Safety Association, the Alabama chapter of the Physical Therapy Association and the Alabama Technology Network. The new program is modeled on the existing OSHA outreach training program offered for general industry and the construction industry. A pilot train-the-trainer course was successfully completed in September.

EVENT: Trainer course (#5400) in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the maritime industry
DATES: Dec. 10 to 13
LOCATION: Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, Fla.
CONTACT: University of South Florida's OSHA Training Institute Education Center at telephone 800-852-5362. More information is available at

OSHA currently participates in 68 national and 388 regional and area office alliances to promote workplace safety and health. OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit


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