Partnership Aims to Expand Safety Training in NWI

Partnership Aims to Expand Safety Training in NWI

Mid-America OSHA Training (OTI) Education Center, announced a new training collaboration with The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation in Northwest Indiana. The address for this new training location is 4203 Montdale Park Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana. This new host training site will allow Mid-America to offer open enrollment classes to support the training needs of industry and businesses in the area.

In operation since 2004, Mid-America is headquartered in Springboro, Ohio. Susan White, Director, said, “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring OSHA training to Northern Indiana to help industry and community partners fulfill their safety and training requirements. Training at the MAAC’s state-of-the-art facility will allow our instructors to incorporate realistic hands-on applications with the OSHA curriculum.”

The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers are a national network of non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training for all levels of workers. The partnership with the MAAC will establish various “train the trainer” courses to support the OSHA Outreach Training Program, which is the agency’s primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health.

“This partnership further enhances our training capabilities throughout the first responder community meanwhile allowing us to reach a new constituency in our region,” Chief, Stewart G. McMillan stated.

The OTI Education Centers provide training nationwide to private and public sectors and federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. Courses currently available through the OTI Education Centers include, #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry and #501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry.

Other OTI Education Center course offerings address such topics as Hazardous Materials, Machine Guarding, Ergonomics, Confined Space, Excavation, Electrical Standards and Fall Arrest Systems. There are currently a number of one-day seminars in development in subject areas such as nursing home guidelines, OSHA recordkeeping, emergency planning, fall awareness, and machine guarding. These have been added to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend the full-week courses, but would like to benefit from the OSHA training curriculum.

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