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OSHA New England Center Offers Safety and Health Specialist Certificate for Professionals

KEENE, N.H. 8/7/03 - Safety and health professionals can now earn a Safety and Health Specialist Certificate offered by the New England OSHA Training Institute Education Center, a Keene State College program located in Manchester, N.H.

The noncredit program provides the knowledge and skills to develop solutions to workplace safety challenges and an understanding of OSHA regulatory standards. The program is designed to help professionals make immediate applications in the workplace.

Tom Whittier, safety and facilities coordinator for a utility company in Fitchburg, Mass., was the first person to complete the Safety and Health Specialist Certificate Program.

"I have a much better understanding of the regulations that were covered and this benefits me in my job," Whittier said. "I am able to more rapidly identify potential safety issues, quickly find the material I need, and better interpret it."

"When employees ask for information on specific issues, I am more likely to be able to quickly answer their questions," he added. "Overall, I feel that the training enables me to better perform my job and better serve the employees who look to me for assistance."

The Safety and Health Specialist Certificate Program gives participants the opportunity to design their own specific area of interest. A certificate will be awarded to candidates who complete seven courses: four OSHA core courses in the discipline of their choice, either construction or general industry, and any three OSHA elective courses.

Numerous courses are offered this fall that can be applied towards this certificate; for a course schedule visit www.keene.edu/osha.cfm. For more information about the Safety and Health Specialist Certificate Program, contact the OSHA Education Center by phone at 1-800-449-OSHA (6742) or by e-mail at osahed@keene.edu.

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