OSHA Designates Four New OTI Education Centers

Joining 24 existing OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, the four are joining this program at a time of record demand, Dr. David Michaels said.

OSHA has announced four new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers in three of its regions and the renewal of 24 existing OTI Education Centers. These offer training courses on OSHA standards and workplace safety and health issues, and they trained more than 40,000 people during fiscal 2012, which was an all-time record for the 20-year-old program.

"This year, we have seen record numbers of requests for occupational safety and health training from the private sector and federal agency personnel," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "The renewal of OTI’s Education Centers and the addition of four new centers will help OSHA to meet this demand and deliver life-saving training to our country’s employers and workers."

The new centers were selected through a national competition announced on April 13, 2012, with applicant organizations evaluated on organizational experience, staff experience, location and training facilities, marketing and recruitment, administrative capabilities, evaluation, and the ability to provide training throughout a given region, according to OSHA, which does not provide funding to the centers. Their funding comes from tuition and fees, and they provide their own instructors and facilities.

The newly designated centers are:

  • Region IV: Florida State College at Jacksonville; Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, Tenn.)
  • Region VI: a consortium including Alliance Safety Council (Baton Rouge) and Louisiana State University
  • Region IX: Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.)

For information on the geographic areas served by OSHA's Regional Offices, visit http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html.

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