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May 21, 2013
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA offers training to federal agencies on
worker safety and health

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled a three-day training event for federal agency staff responsible for keeping federal workers safe and healthy on the job.

The OSHA Training Institute, in collaboration with OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs, will conduct a series of half-day seminars that discuss potential hazards, such as distracted driving, ergonomics, confined spaces, hearing conservation and fall protection. OSHA developed this training event to ensure that federal workplaces have safety programs and standards consistent with those in the private sector.

The event will be held July 30 - Aug. 1, 2013, at the OSHA Training Institute, 2020 South Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill. Registration will remain open until July 23, 2013. Students can access registration forms, course descriptions, and other details at www.osha.gov/dep/fap/fedweek_fy13.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.

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. The basic mission of OSHA's Office of Federal Agency Programs is to ensure that each federal agency is provided with the guidance necessary to implement an effective occupational safety and health program within the agency and to inform them on the progress being made through detailed evaluations, reports and studies of agencies' occupational safety and health programs.

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 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 http://www.osha.gov.

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