OSHA Requests Information on Online Outreach Training

In an effort to improve its existing Online Outreach Program, OSHA is requesting information and feedback on a variety of topics to assess if the new model addresses issues associated with the existing online model.

OSHA issued a Request for Information (RFI) this week to consider Online Outreach Training Program Consortiums, a new model to administer classes for OSHA’s Outreach Training Program.

The consortiums would consist of three or four collaborators. The three-collaborator consortium would include OSHA, an OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center, and an online provider. Four-collaborator consortiums would add a stakeholder organization that is interested in developing and offering online outreach training to only their members (like labor unions, associations, or employers). Each consortium member would have specific responsibilities under a formal agreement.

OSHA is requesting information and comment on the proposed model and the following related topics:

  • Modifying the current model for online delivery of outreach training;
  • Scope of online offerings;
  • Offerings in other languages;
  • Roles and responsibilities of consortium members;
  • Requirements for consortium agreements;
  • Validating online curriculum and training content; and
  • Ensuring program management and strengthening program oversight.

OSHA plans to use the collected information to assess if the new training model would address noted issues associated with the existing online model.

Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal or by facsimile or mail. The Federal Register notice outlines submission details. Read more on the topic from OSHA’s trade release.

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