WKU-EKU Agreement to Increase OSHA Training Classes

Feb 11, 2015

Increased OSHA training opportunities could help Kentucky manufacturers, like this battery manufacturing plant in Russell Springs.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (Flickr Creative Commons)

A new partnership between WKU and EKU will make it easier for workers in the Bowling Green and Owensboro areas to receive OSHA certification.

EKU houses the only OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Kentucky. But under an agreement between the two schools, EKU personnel will lead OSHA training courses at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, and at the WKU-Owensboro campus.

Dr. Sue Parrigin, with WKU’s Career and Workforce Development office, says the idea is to expand the number of individuals in the region who can lead OSHA training classes.

“OSHA has what’s called a 10-hour and a 30-hour card, and these trainers will be prepared to go into business and industry and train employees in order to receive their 10 and 30-hour certification with OSHA.”

During 2013-14, EKU’s OSHA Training Center enrolled more than 1,800 students in classes taught in Richmond and Louisville. EKU authorized outreach trainers led 820 classes for more than 9,000 10 and 30-hour OSHA certification.

Parrigin says the partnership will allow those wanting to become OSHA trainers in southern and western Kentucky to take those classes closer to home, and avoid many travel-related expenses.

“Someone could definitely do this in one day, and then travel home at night. So the expense would be far less,” said Leslie Witty, also with WKU.

Registration for the Bowling Green and Owensboro classes begins in March, and more information is available by contacting the WKU Career and Workforce Development office at 270-745-1912, or by emailing cpd@wku.edu.