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New alliance to improve aviation safety


Date: April 28, 2005  

OKLAHOMA CITY – An unprecedented alliance will enhance aviation safety by offering additional training for those who develop and manage aviation safety programs for the government, military and aviation industry.

The Aviation Safety Division of the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) has joined forces with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to develop a cooperative training venture that will allow professionals who complete a new Aviation Safety Program Managers course at TSI to also attain a Certificate in Safety & Health Occupations (CSHO). A formal signing of the agreement was held April 28 on the campus of TSI in Oklahoma City.

"The new program will build on our growing safety legacy by training a new generation of professionals who are committed to and fluent in aviation safety," said U.S. Secretary of Transportion Norman Y. Mineta in a Department of Transportation news release announcing the partnership. Under the plan, individuals wishing to achieve CSHO standing will complete three TSI Aviation Safety Program Managers courses in addition to five OSHA-related courses offered by TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System. Through its training campus in Mesquite, Texas, TEEX serves as the OSHA Training Institute’s Southwest Education Center, which provides safety training and resources for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Participants will be able to choose from more than 16 OSHA courses taught by TEEX. The scope of the CSHO program, originally offered exclusively for the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, has grown to include safety professionals working in industry and government. The CSHO credentials are recognized by the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists.

“This alliance will not only provide advanced training opportunities and additional professional development for traditional TSI students, but also provides government employees with additional credentials that are recognized by business and industry,” said Luis Villanueva, Assistant Regional Administrator for OSHA Region 6. “While this initiative is not part of OSHA’s strategic plan, it is another great example of successful collaboration between industry, TEEX and OSHA to improve worker safety and health.”

“We believe this is the beginning of an innovative and long-standing alliance,” said David Milligan, Division Director of TEEX Professional and Regulatory Training. “Aviation professionals now have access to the latest safety training resources as well as a career track for future professional development through the CSHO program.”

TSI is a federal agency that develops and conducts worldwide safety, security, and environmental training, products, and services as part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since its inception in 1971, TSI has trained more than 700,000 students. It operates the premier National Aircraft Accident Investigation School.

TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and technology transfer.


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