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OIEP and OSHA Certification

    CTE instructors around the state are recognizing the importance of providing their students the opportunity to gain national credentials that make their employment attractive within the construction and manufacturing industries.  One of the most recognized credentials in safety is the OSHA Safety Card and OIEP has been proactive in providing teachers authorization training through the WVU Safety Outreach Center.

     Since August 2008, 17 instructors have received authorization training in either OSHA 500(Construction Trades) or OSHA 501 (General Industry).  To date, this has resulted in 278 students receiving the training necessary to meet federal standards necessary for the 10 or 30 hour OSHA Safety Cards.  It is our goal that all instructors eligible to complete OSHA authorization training will have received training by the end of May resulting  in 100% of the programs being able to offer credential training to  their students through OSHA training.  The next wave of authorization training should accomplish this goal.

     Instructors are authorized for a period of 4 years under OSHA guidelines and can renew their authorization by attending a one day update course at the end of the 4 year period.  The initial authorization training consisted of instruction over a 4 day period in areas such as:

· OSHA Standards
· Safety Inspections
· Training Techniques
· Recordkeeping
· Hazard Identification
· Personal Protective Equipment
· Fire Protection and Prevention
· Rigging
· Scaffolds
· Trenching
· Welding
· Machine Guarding
· Lockout/Tagout

     OSHA training is currently being offered within programs at the following facilities:

1. Denmar Correctional Center ( Electrical Technology and Facilities Maintenance)

2. Northern Correctional Center ( Building Construction and Graphic Communications )

3. Pruntytown ( Building Construction)

4. Huttonsville Correctional Center ( Facilities Maintenance, Welding Technology, Electrical Technology and Cabinet and Millworking)

5. Mt. Olive Correctional Center (Welding Technology, Building Construction, and  Graphic Communications)

6. Industrial Home for Youth ( Plumbing Technology and Facilities Maintenance)

7. Lakin Correctional Center ( Facilities Maintenance)

8. St. Mary’s Correctional Center ( C-Tech)

9. Anthony Center (Building Construction)

     Once the next series of authorization training takes place all eligible programs at Anthony Center and Davis Center will be in alignment with OSHA training. 

     For students exiting our program with viable CTE skill sets and OSHA Safety Cards means a great savings to any employer when hiring our students. The credentials not only carry value in the workplace, but are beginning to be accepted as part of EDGE credit for those students participating in training which results in the 30 hour OSHA card.


Keith James
Posted:April 9, 2009