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OSHA Trade Release


October 7, 2019
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

U.S. Department of Labor Requests Information
On OSHA Online Outreach Training

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) to consider Online Outreach Training Program Consortiums, a new model to administer online classes for the Outreach Training Program.

The consortiums would consist of three or four collaborators. A three-collaborator consortium would include OSHA, an OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center, and an online provider. Four-collaborator consortiums would add a stakeholder organization that is interested in developing and offering online outreach training to only their members (e.g. labor unions, associations, or employers). Each consortium member would have specific responsibilities under a formal consortium agreement.

OSHA is requesting information and comment on the proposed model, including:

  • Modifying the current model for online delivery of outreach training;
  • Scope of online offerings;
  • Offerings in other languages;
  • Roles and responsibilities of consortium members;
  • Consortium agreement requirements;
  • Validating online curriculum and training content; and
  • Ensuring program management and strengthening program oversight.

OSHA will use the information collected to assess whether the new model would address issues associated with the existing online model.

Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. 

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 help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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