The Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American will be rolling out several OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) courses starting January 2011. These courses are being offered in partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington's Region VI OSHA Education Center, which OSHA selected to be one of the only two approved training providers in this region.
"We are excited to be partnering with UT Arlington in being able to offer these courses in the Rio Grande Valley. This is in line with the University's goal to partner with other University of Texas System institutions to build efficiency in our programs, " said Jayshree Bhat, coordinator for the Office of Continuing Education.
The first course, OSHA 511 Standards of General Industry, is scheduled for Jan. 25-28, 2011 at the UTPA McAllen Teaching Site, 1800 South Main St. This course covers OSHA standards for general industry found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910 along with other relevant policies, procedures, and safety and health principles for general industry. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous and most frequently cited by OSHA.
Participants of this course will learn to select the appropriate OSHA standards that apply to a hazard; identify elements of a successful safety and health program and OSHA standards and implement an effective recordkeeping procedure. This 28-hour course is a required course for risk management staff in construction and general industry in order to comply with OSHA standards.
Dr. Richard Costello, director, UTPA Environmental Health and Safety, said he was delighted to learn that these courses will be offered locally.
"These are excellent courses, especially the train-the-trainer courses. It has been my experience that in the Valley, compliance issues associated with safety in both the general industry and construction are prevalent," Costello said. "Notwithstanding the applicable fines, it can be a serious quality of life issue for those who get injured if the organization is not in compliance with OSHA requirements."
Prior registration for the course is required. Interested industry personnel can contact the Office of Continuing Education at (956) 381-2071 for more information or visit www.utpa.edu/ce where a full list of OSHA courses to be offered in 2011 is available.