October 8, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., has announced the establishment of four new nonprofit OSHA Training Institute (OTI) education centers and the renewal of 24 existing OTI education centers.
The new centers are located at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla.; Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, Tenn.; and Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. The fourth is a consortium that includes Alliance Safety Council (lead organization) and Louisiana State University, both of Baton Rouge, La.
Current OTI education centers offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues. They also assist the agency in administering the OSHA outreach training program and fulfilling the program's monitoring requirements.
The expansion is in response to a record number of requests to OSHA in 2012 from the private sector and federal agency personnel for occupational safety and health training. The education centers trained more than 40,000 people during the 2012 fiscal year.
The new centers were selected through a national competition announced on April 13. Applicant organizations were evaluated based 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.
The centers receive no funds, instructors, or facilities from OSHA but instead support their training through established tuition and fee structures.