OSHA Training at Keene State Helps Attendees Bolster Their Bottom Line

By Joanne Ray | September 28, 2010

Diane Malachowski, manager of the OSHA Training Institute Center in Keane, New Hampshire, responded to the following questions about the program:

Who are you as a business?

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) Region 1 (New England) is a cooperative program between Keene State College (Keene, New Hampshire) and the US Department of Labor OSHA. The OTIEC is the sole OSHA education and training outreach facility for the six New England States. The center meets the educational needs of traveling students from across the United States and around the world including private contract clients nationally and internationally. OTIEC plays a prominent role in occupational safety curriculum design, development and training, and offers subject matter expertise in safety, health and environmental disciplines mandated by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OTIEC New England is headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport and is supported by Continuing Education at Keene State College.

What classes do you have?

OTI courses available through OTI Education Centers include the No. 500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry and No. 501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry. These "train the trainer" courses support the OSHA Outreach Training Program, the agency's primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health. Qualified individuals thus become OSHA Outreach trainers, conducting the 10- and 30-hour industry-specific Outreach courses themselves. Also available are Trainer Update courses (No. 502, No. 503), Course No. 510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry, and the newly developed Course No. 511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry.

What do the classes focus on?

OTIEC courses focus on construction safety and health, work zone traffic control, health care emergency response, emergency management, general industry safety and health, and industrial hygiene. Courses focusing on the maritime industries have just been added. Additionally, Region 1 OTI Education Center course offerings include such topics as Hazardous Materials, Machine Guarding, Ergonomics, Permit-Required Confined Space Entry, Excavation, Trenching & Soil Mechanics, Electrical Standards, and Fall Arrest Systems. One-day technical seminars on subject areas such as nursing home guidelines, homeland security, fall hazard awareness, and machine guarding are also offered. The classroom-based training includes lecture and hands-on instruction. Also available are online courses conducted by a third party providers.

Can you give some background on Professional Development?

Many OTIEC courses count towards a certificate as a Safety & Health Specialist through Keene State College Safety Center. Currently offered are Safety and Health Specialist Certificate programs in Construction, General Industry and Industrial Hygiene, and soon Healthcare and Maritime. In addition, for individuals wishing to build on a bachelor's degree or aspiring to become a safety and health professional, Keene State offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Safety & Health Management. The Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management is an introduction to graduate study, which may lead to a Master of Science degree.

OTIEC's classes help attendees bolster their bottom line by:

  • increasing productivity
  • reducing workers' compensation costs and medical expenses
  • reducing delays caused by accidents during construction
  • attracting a higher caliber of employee
  • reducing attrition
  • reducing cost of doing business by insurance savings and liability reduction
  • becoming more competitive on big bids

For more info e-mail: oshaed@keene.edu.