EKU Update HomeA Newsletter for Eastern Kentucky University Faculty & Staff
Volume 4 • Number 14
March 24, 2003
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EKU Selected OSHA Training Institute Education Center

EKU has been designated an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute Education Center by the U.S. Department of Labor.

OSHA's education centers offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational and safety health issues. The centers are primarily responsible for training private sector personnel and state and federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. "Training is key to safety and health," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The more employers and employees know about hazards and protection, the more injuries, illnesses and fatalities can be prevented. These new centers will allow us to reach more people with information that can protect their safety and save lives."

EKU is among 20 education centers at 35 locations nationwide and one of three centers that will serve Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Programming will be coordinated by EKU's Division of Continuing Education & Outreach.

"This partnership with OSHA enhances our ability to provide high quality, comprehensive loss prevention, safety and health training programs," said Ethan Flatten, CE&O projects coordinator.

Flatten said the EKU center will draw on the expertise of the College of Justice and Safety faculty, and other resources, both on- and offcampus, to deliver the training program curriculum to meet the needs of business and industry in the eight-state region, and beyond.

OSHA's previous training program included 12 centers, and the OSHA Training Institute in Illinois. The new centers were selected through a national competition. Evaluation included occupational safety and health experience, non-academic training background, classroom and laboratory availability, and the ability to provide training throughout the region.

For more information about the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at EKU, call 622-6216.