Are you a non-profit organization interested in providing training on identifying and controlling occupational safety and health hazards — from bloodborne pathogen exposure control to managing excavation hazards? Then the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking to accept your application to provide classroom instruction in occupational safety and health for private sector workers, supervisors and employers as part of its OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers Program.
The OTI Education Centers are a national network of non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver training. Initiated in 1992 to meet the growing demand for private sector training in occupational safety and health, these OTI Education Centers have seen a steady increase in the number of students trained. In the past ten years, over a quarter million students were trained through the OTI Education Centers Program with more than 38,000 students receiving training in fiscal year 2011.
So, what does it take to be considered an OTI Education Center? Well, your organization must be a non-profit, have occupational safety and health training experience, be able to develop and update occupational safety and health curriculum to meet learning objectives provided by OSHA, and be able to provide standard classroom training across the OSHA Region in which your organization is physically located. For the remaining requirements, go to the Federal Register notice at http://s.dol.gov/PH. The OTI Education Centers are located in all OSHA regions and work closely with area offices to meet the needs of Agency national and regional initiatives.
OSHA does not have a predetermined number of organizations to be selected to act as OTI Education Centers; we’re looking for the qualifications of the applicants and their ability to serve the regional populations. Some of the geographic locations being given special consideration include Columbus, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Memphis, New Orleans, Portland and about 20 others. Check out the Federal Register Notice for the remaining metropolitan areas.
Applications must be received by 4:30 PM central time on Friday, June 15, 2012. Interested parties should submit applications to Kimberly Newell at the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005-4102. For further information, you can email Kimberly Newell at email@example.com or call 847-759-7700.
A proposal conference will be held at the same Arlington Heights location, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, to provide potential applicants with information about the training program, OSHA expectations for OTI Education Centers, and administrative and program requirements. More information can be obtained from the Federal Register notice at: http://s.dol.gov/PH.
Editor’s Note: The author, Henry E. Payne is Director for the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education.