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Dec. 31, 2007
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OSHA Announces New OTI Education Centers
New Centers Extend Safety and Health Training Opportunities Throughout U.S

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced 8 new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers and two renewals. Current OTI Education Centers offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues. The additional OTI Education Centers, made up of non-profit organizations, will further increase OSHAs reach throughout the country to provide safety and health training.

We are pleased to add the new OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in our continuing effort to promote employee safety and health through training, said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. These centers will extend access to a greater number of individuals who seek to incorporate OSHA safety and health practices into their workplaces.

The OTI Education Centers program was created in 1992 to complement the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) in Arlington Heights, Ill., which is OSHAs premier training provider. The OTI Education Centers provide training nationwide to private sector and federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. The OTI Education Centers trained more than 27,000 people during FY 2007, representing an all-time record for the program.

The new centers were selected through a national competition announced last July. Applicant organizations were evaluated