For Immediate Release: October 29, 2015
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016
FSCJ and OSHA Region IV OTIECS Join Forces to Strengthen Outreach Programs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) and the other Region IV OTIECs signed an Alliance to foster safer and healthier workplaces with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Atlanta Regional Office. The signing took place at the third annual Region IV OTIEC Directors Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
OSHA works with the public to promote safe and secure workplaces and to enhance worker voice in the workplace. OSHA joins with groups committed to worker safety and health, including unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions, to leverage resources and expertise to help ensure safe and healthy workplaces and enhance understanding of workers’ rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The Alliance confirmed the continuation of a vital collaborative relationship to provide OTIEC students and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to prevalent health and safety hazards in the general and construction industries.
“We are excited to work with OSHA’s Atlanta Regional Office and our colleagues at the other Region IV OTIECs to provide relevant and effective occupational safety and health training throughout the region,” said FSCJ OTIEC Director James Brock. “This training positively impacts workplaces in our local community and throughout the Southeast by keeping workers safe on the job. We are proud to be a part of the most collaborative region in the nation and look forward to working with our partners.”
The alliance also serves as a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training, education, outreach and communication.
In 2012, FSCJ was selected by OSHA as one of four new OSHA Training Institute Education Centers. There are 27 OTIECs that form a national network of nonprofit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors and employers on behalf of OSHA.
To learn more about FSCJ’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center, visit fscj.edu/professional-education/otiec.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.