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March 29, 2011
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA seeks applications from organizations to offer
online worker safety, health training courses

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that it is seeking applications from organizations to provide 10- or 30-hour online OSHA Outreach Training Program courses in the construction, general and maritime industries. The program trains workers on their rights, describes employer responsibilities, explains how to file a complaint and describes work-related hazards. Applications must be received by OSHA's Directorate of Training and Education by June 27, 2011.

OSHA began online outreach training courses in 2002 and has since seen a steady increase in the number of workers trained online. More than 110,000 workers received online training in fiscal 2010.

"As a result of the interest in Outreach Training Programs, we are initiating this competition to ensure that we are providing quality training for all participants," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

Applicants will be selected based on their organizational and staff experience and qualifications, course content and design, and technical and administrative capabilities, among other requirements.

Interested parties should submit applications to the attention of Don Guerra, Office of Training and Educational Programs, OSHA Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005. A proposal conference will be held at the same location, April 19, 2011, to provide potential applicants with information about the training program, OSHA expectations for online trainers, online courses and methods of instruction, and administrative and program requirements for online trainers. See the Federal Register notice for registration information.

General inquiries should be directed to Don Guerra at guerra.don@dol.gov or Jim Barnes at barnes.jim@dol.gov. They can be reached at 847-759-7700.

The Outreach Training Program, a voluntary participation information resource, trains workers about occupational safety and health. More than 2.2 million students have received training through this program during the past three years.

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 these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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