LSU Consortium and Alliance Safety Council Selected for New OTI Education Center
One of only four new centers in U.S. will be housed in Louisiana to address occupational safety
BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced that the Alliance Safety Council and LSU’s College of Engineering consortium have been selected as one of only four new OSHA Training Institute, or OTI, Education Centers across the country.
The OTI Education Center will offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues. The center will serve Region VI, which covers a five-state area – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Only two OTI Education Centers previously existed in the entire region, both out of state. The addition of the Louisiana consortium brings expanded opportunities for safety and health training for workers and employers in our area and across the state. The new centers were selected through a nationwide competition announced in April 2012. Applicant organizations were evaluated based on organizational expertise, staff experience, location and training facilities, marketing and recruitment, and the ability to provide training throughout a given region.
“The strong relationship between the Alliance Safety Council and LSU has proved successful to bring a new OSHA Training Institute Education Center to Louisiana’s industry workforce,” said Rick Koubek, dean of the LSU College of Engineering. “As one of only four new centers, LSU looks to move toward the forefront for education in industry safety.”
Classes will be conducted utilizing a large network of training facilities throughout the five-state region and at LSU campuses across Louisiana. Courses will be available to students beginning in fall 2013.
“This region has a large concentration of companies that rely heavily on OSHA training,” Alliance Safety Council President and CEO Kathy Trahan said. “The addition of the Alliance-LSU OTI is needed to meet the demand to deliver safety training to employers and workers. More scheduled classes and locations provide students with greater opportunities to take those classes. We can now help industry more than ever before.”
The OTI Education Centers program was created in 1992 to complement the OSHA Training Institute in Arlington Heights, Ill., which provides training and education to OSHA compliance officers. The centers provide training nationwide to private sector and federal personnel from agencies outside of OSHA. The OTI Education Centers trained more than 40,000 people during the 2012 fiscal year, an all-time record for the program.
Information regarding the new education center and upcoming classes will be available online at www.alliancesafetycouncil.org. Please direct any questions to Dianna Braud, Alliance Safety Council national programs director, at 877-778-0607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.