Ky. Labor Cabinet, EKU OSHA Training Institute Education Center Announce Partnership

Photo of Labor Partnership Agreement Signing

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards and Eastern Kentucky University’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) have entered into a partnership that will advance their common goal of workplace safety.

At the conclusion of a news conference on the Richmond campus Monday, Oct. 3, Cabinet and University officials joined to sign the agreement, which calls for the partners to:

·         sustain an open communications policy in a manner that encourages respect and understanding.

·         share knowledge of the best work practices that improve job site safety and health performance.

·         cooperate in the development and continuous improvement of safety training programs for the workplace and Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health personnel.

·         promote the recognition for excellence in workplace safety throughout the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown said Kentucky “is well-known for having a very productive workforce. What we’re working for is having one of the safest workplaces in the nation.”

Brown said the partnership with EKU OTIEC will improve efficiency.

“We are going through some tough economic times,” he said, “and we are constantly looking for ways to improve and provide services in a more economical way. Working with the University, it’s going to be a great partnership. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is thrilled.”

The registration fee for courses offered by OIEC at EKU will be waived for Kentucky Labor Cabinet-Department of Workplace Standards employees. The class must have an available student slot open, and participants must meet course pre-requisites as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Students may be required to supply their own training materials or purchase them from EKU OTIEC.)

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet-Department of Workplace Standards and EKU OTIEC will each have web links to the other party as an available resource, and OTIEC and Cabinet representatives will meet at least quarterly to discuss changes in regulations and policies and other updates in the safety field.

One purpose of the partnership is to provide EKU OTIEC with training and guidance applicable to its needs. All training provided by the Cabinet will be available to EKU OTIEC at no direct or indirect cost.

EKU hosts one of 25 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers across the U.S. Noting that EKU’s Center ranks among the leaders nationwide in the numbers of students served, Dr. Charles Hickox, dean of Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU, said, “Our goal is to be number one in the nation every year.”

Other speakers at the event were: Will Drake, administrator for the EKU OTIEC; Rich Boyle, associate dean of Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU; State Sen. Jared Carpenter; and State Rep. Rita Smart.

OTIEC was launched at EKU in 2003, according to Rich Boyle, and has grown to feature 10 full-time staff members and many instructors.

 The Center serves Region IV, an eight-state region, and offers a variety of safety and health training courses, drawing upon the expertise of internationally recognized EKU faculty (both current and retired), as well as area safety and health professionals. EKO OTIEC also offers on-site customized training to meet specific organizational needs. For more information about EKU’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center, visit www.ceo.eku.edu/osha or call 859-622-2961.

EKU is the primary training provider for safety courses for the U.S. Army at the Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker in, Alabama.  Eastern also has an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Army for safety courses. In the past year, the University has conducted training at Fort Rucker, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Polk in Louisiana, Camp Coiner in Seoul, Korea, and at the annual U.S. Army Safety Symposium.

Published on October 05, 2011