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National News Release USDL 02-690
December 11, 2002
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
New Centers Will Help Hispanic Outreach, Ergonomics, Youth Initiatives
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the selection of 20 Training Institute Education Centers, almost doubling the number of centers that currently offer training courses on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and occupational safety and health issues. OSHA's previous training program included 12 centers. The new program has been expanded to include 20 centers at 35 locations throughout the country.
"These education centers were selected because they can best support our national training and education mission," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "More than 14,500 students were trained at education centers in 2002 alone. We expect the number of students trained by these centers to double over the next two years and to continue to increase substantially each year after that. The additional centers will help us meet an increasing demand for OSHA training and provide added value to our outreach efforts in a variety of areas, including ergonomics, Spanish language courses and youth initiatives."
The 20 centers will complement the OSHA Training Institute, the agency's primary training center in Illinois. The centers are primarily responsible for training private sector personnel and federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA.
"Training is key to safety and health," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The more employers and employees know about hazards and protection, the more injuries, illnesses and fatalities can be prevented. Expanding our education centers allows us to reach more people with information that can protect their safety and save their lives."
The centers were selected through a national competition that was announced in February. Evaluation criteria included occupational safety and health experience, non-academic training background, classroom and laboratory availability, and the ability to provide training throughout the region. OSHA provides no funding to the education centers. They support their OSHA training through their normal tuition and fee structures.
The educational centers will also assist the agency in administering the OSHA Outreach Training Program-- the agency's primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health. Through the program, individuals who complete a one-week OSHA trainer course are authorized to teach 10-hour or 30-hour courses in construction or general industry safety and health standards. These individuals go on to train thousands more students each year. In FY 2002, 254,000 people received training from the train-the-trainer program.
OSHA's Training Institute Education Center program was created in 1992.
A complete list of the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers follows in the accompanying fact sheet.
New OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
Note: (*) Indicates current OTI Education Center, which was reselected.
*Keene State College, Keene, N.H.
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
A consortium comprised of the following.
- University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J. (lead organization)
- State University of New York at Buffalo, Toxicology Research Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
- Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, P.R.
- The New York City District Council of Carpenters, Labor Technical College, New York, N.Y.
*National Resource Center, Washington, DC, a consortium comprised of the following.
- The George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Silver Spring, Md. (lead organization)
- Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Washington, DC
- Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
- West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension, Morgantown, W.Va.
- Training Division of the University City Science Center, Philadelphia, Pa. (lead organization)
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.
*Georgia Technical Research Institute, Atlanta, Ga.
University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.
*Great Lakes OSHA Training Consortium, a consortium comprised of the following.
- University of Cincinnati Continuing Medical Education, Cincinnati, Ohio (lead organization)
- Eastern Michigan University Center for Organization Risk Reduction, Ypsilanti, Mich.
- United Auto Workers Health & Safety Department, Detroit, Mich.
- University of Minnesota Midwest Center of Occupational safety and Health, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. (lead organization)
- Construction Safety Council, Hillside, Ill.
- National Safety Council, Itasca, Ill.
- Ohio Valley Construction Education Foundation, Springboro, Ohio (lead organization)
- Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
*Texas Engineering Extension Service, Mesquite, Tex.
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
*Metropolitan Community Colleges Business & Technology Center, Kansas City, Mo.
A consortium comprised of the following.
- St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. (lead organization)
- Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Safety and Health Council of Greater Omaha, Omaha, Neb.
*Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood Colo.
Rocky Mountain Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, a consortium of the following.
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (lead organization)
- Salt Lake City Community College System
*University of California, San Diego
Westside Energy Services Training & Education Center, Bakersfield, Calif.
*University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
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