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June 1, 2010
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
www.osha.gov
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

Enhancing federal worker safety and health
is focus of OSHA training event

WASHINGTON - OSHA has scheduled a three-day OSHA training event for federal agency staff responsible for workplace safety and health issues that is designed to enhance their knowledge and skills for keeping federal workers safe and healthy on the job.

The OSHA Training Institute (OTI), in collaboration with OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs, will conduct a series of half-day seminars that discuss potential hazards such as ergonomics, pandemic influenza, indoor air quality and fire protection, among other topics. OSHA developed this training event to assure that federal workplaces had safety programs and standards consistent with those in the private sector.

The event will be held June 22-24, 2010, at the OSHA Training Institute, 2020 South Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill. Registration will be open until June 8, 2010. Students can access registration forms, course descriptions and other details at www.osha.gov/dep/fap/index.html. Completed registration forms must be emailed to OTI Student Services at oti.registration@dol.gov.

Government agency personnel will not be charged tuition or fees to attend the training courses. However, Department of Labor regulations require OSHA to charge tuition to private sector attendees and federal government contractors.

The OTI provides training and education in occupational safety and health for federal and state compliance officers, state consultants, other federal agency personnel, and the private sector. For more information on OTI, visit OSHA's Directorate of Training and Education Web page. Part of OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs responsibilities include coordinating OSHA investigations of safety and health complaints, as well as coordinating OSHA inspections to ensure agencies provide federal workers with safe work environments.

Under Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Executive Order 12196, the head of each agency is responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for all Federal employees by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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