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Keene State's OSHA Center Partners with Associated General Contractors Of Vermont to Offer Safety Training

KEENE, N.H. 5/27/05 - The New England OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Keene State College and the Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC- VT) are offering safety training to Vermont’s construction industry. This partnership makes available to Vermont contractors the training needed to insure not only a safer workplace, but also a better-trained workforce.

OSHA Training Institute instructors will present courses at the AGC-VT Montpelier-based training center, the Northeast Regional Safety Academy. These courses will provide Vermont contractors with technical occupational safety and health training, and knowledge of OSHA standards, policies, and procedures. The AGC-VT training courses are attended by professionals in the construction and industrial communities of Vermont who are responsible for complying with or directly supporting the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

OSHA, the nation’s agency responsible for enforcing workplace safety cited 109,125 violations last year, with 81,538 of those classified as “serious.” That’s an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous year, according to OSHA statistics. These violations resulted in significant penalties for employers - $120 million before adjustments.

According to AGC Executive Director Thom Serrani, safety training is a top focus of OSHA inspectors. Two of OSHA’s top 10 violations last year were for training deficiencies: “failure to train on new chemical hazards” (1,047) and “hazardous chemicals-information and training” (768). Serrani points out that an easy defense against OSHA compliance problems is to deliver training on those topics.

The OSHA Training Institute and AGC-VT are sponsoring three classes at a reduced tuition of $575 per person from the normal rate if $695 for each course. This cost includes breakfasts and lunches. The following courses take place at the AGC-VT training center at 148 State St. in Montpelier, Vt.

Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry (OSHA 510) is scheduled Oct. 17-21.

Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA 500) for the Construction Industry is offered Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry (OSHA 510) is scheduled April 17-21, 2006.

Upon completion of each course, participants receive a U.S. Department of Labor course completion certificate. Instructor cards for trainers for OSHA courses 500 and 501, continuing education units, Associated General Contractors of Vermont Training Certificates, and American Board of Industrial Hygienist (ABIH) points are also available.

The New England OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Manchester, N.H., is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA and Keene State’s Continuing Education Office.

To find our more about this cooperative training program or to register for courses, contact the OSHA Training Institute by phone at 1-800-449-OSHA (6742), by e-mail at, or on the Internet at

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