Needed: Non-profit Organizations to Provide Occupational Safety and Health Training

Filed in Education, Safety by on April 12, 2012 13 Comments

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 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 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:

Editor’s Note: The author, Henry E. Payne is Director for the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education.

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  1. Back to the Constitution says:

    Gosh! Who could have predicted this development–OSHA linking arms with marxist non-profit organizations? Hmm, should we hazard a guess as to whether the groups selected will have any affiliations with (reconstituted) ACORN? SEIU? will they have received “grants” or other disbursements from OSHA under the “Stimulus”? Gosh, it’s just so difficult to predict…

  2. Speak Life Worldwide Inc. is a non-profit organization interested in providing training on identifying and controlling occupational safety and health hazards

  3. James Regal says:

    Although I am “for profit” company, I am now competing with the government and non-profits in the safety field. This is a trend I see happening across government entitities. To compete unfairly with private pratices that have to pay taxes with no free advertsing or promotion is simply unfair and costs taxpayers money. These services should be provided by the private sector. I now am competing against free services being given away (including HR Services) by Workers Compensation agencies. Why be in business and pay taxes when the government provides it all!??

  4. Portland Maine, or Portland Oregon?

  5. I agree James! Back to the Constitution says:

    Print on paper does absolutely nothing to prevent tragedies. They happen despite the best of intentions. However, it is truly tragic that Americans perceive that: 1) regulation is law–it is not, because it is not created by the legislative process; and that 2) regulation actually protects/benefits the person or group of persons described as the beneficiary of any given regulation. In actual fact, ALL regulation does is create an excuse for an (unconstitutional) administrative agency to fine a business for something deemed a violation. That’s the big con, folks. If, for instance, a person is injured within the scope of his/her employment and a bully organization like OSHA or MSHA steps in, the only thing that the agency does is collect money from the employer. That’s it. The person and his/her family is still responsible for pursuing damages in court. In otherwords, agencies create rules simply to be able to get what essentially are damages to perpetuate themselves without having to prevail in a negligence action against the employer in court. That’s ridiculous.
    It really is time for people, and particularly for business owners, to band together and adopt the mantra, “I will not comply”. Administrators cannot wield lawmaking authority AT ALL, according to the U.S. Consitution and the constitutions of the states. Legislative authority is vested only in legislatures. OSHA possesses no legitimate authority to compel anyone to do anything.
    The only reason that businesses have bowed to regulator-bullies during the past 100 years is the existence of a system built piece-by-piece (principally by allowing Supreme Court justices to amend the Constitution by substituting interpretations for the words in the Constitution), in which We the People no longer earn money of real, intrinsic value as payment for our exertions. Instead, we earn dollars, which now exist primarily in binary form. We’re even contemplating a transformation into a cashless society, which is the final step to complete the separation of individuals from control of their financial destinies, and subjecting our finances to supervisory oversight and social engineering. Therefore, although it is extremely uncomfortable to even contemplate, we all MUST transform our earnings into things of real value and possess them. We need to take steps to be able to disengage from state-administered utilities and to grow food for our families. We must exercise our Natural Right to keep and bear arms (the Bill of Rights is a list of promises that no authority of government–legislative (Congress), executive (President), or Judicial (the Courts)–may ever be used to infringe upon or interfere with ANY natural right). We must form agreements with friends and neighbors, expand those agreements to other neighborhoods, and to our coworkers and employers, etc. to resist and oppose regulator activity. Finally, we must reconnect with the thinking of the Founding Fathers. Freedom is worth the loss of all worldly possessions.
    No agency rule ever is submitted to or passed by Congress or a state legislature and therefore possesses NO authority. Only an act passed by a legislature and enacted by the signature of the President or a governor is law. I WILL NOT COMPLY.

  6. Mower Repair says:

    As a small business owner, I lost a fair amount of my productivity in ensuring that I was compliant with OSHA. The compliance did not make my workplace safer or my employees more safe. Maybe there is gain for the large companies in safety. Wouldn’t common sense be a much easier and less costly solution instead of reams of regulation?

  7. This is the great blog. Employees should be given training courses that will enable them to produce the expected results and respond to situations accordingly.

  8. Billy Duffy says:

    Very interesting article

  9. Great post. OSHA may offer you and your workers training courses and instructional applications. These educate recognition, protection, and prevention of safe practices risks in a working surroundings.

  10. Sara says:

    Is OSHA still accepting applications for this proposal? Thanks!

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