OSHA's Outreach Training Program - A New Model


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) to consider Online Outreach Training Program Consortiums, a new model to administer online classes for the Outreach Training Program.

The consortiums would consist of three or four collaborators. A three-collaborator consortium would include OSHA, an OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center, and an online provider. Four-collaborator consortiums would add a stakeholder organization that is interested in developing and offering online outreach training to only their members (e.g. labor unions, associations, or employers). Each consortium member would have specific responsibilities under a formal consortium agreement.

OSHA is requesting information and comments on the proposed model, with regard to the following topics:

  • Modifying the current model for online delivery of outreach training;
  • Scope of online offerings;
  • Offerings in other languages;
  • Roles and responsibilities of consortium members;
  • Consortium agreement requirements;
  • Validating online curriculum and training content; and
  • Ensuring program management and strengthening program oversight.

This RFI is an initiative by OSHA to improve its Online Outreach Training Program by requesting information and feedback on a variety of factors in order to assess whether the new model would address issues associated with the existing online model.

Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for more information on submission details.

Published on: November 14, 2019