University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

Safety training focuses on workplace safety management, OSHA requirements

Nationally-recognized occupational safety training offered this fall in Newark

October 10, 2017

Every fall OSHA releases its annual listing of top safety violations, and the report consistently shows that thousands of citations are issued for infractions relating to fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding use, respiratory protection and more.

Recognizing the prevalence of workplace safety issues, the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) is once again partnering with the Delaware Valley Safety Council to offer occupational safety training programs. Offered in Newark, the programs aim to help professionals charged with workplace safety responsibilities in their organizations by providing relevant instruction and guidance for safety-focused professionals in a wide range of industries.

UD PCS is holding a free online information session this Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-3 p.m. EST for interested participants to learn more about the three occupational safety training programs offered this fall:

Taught by authorized, COSS-certified OSHA Outreach trainers, these training programs equip safety professionals with the core competencies of occupational safety and health. Participants learn to recognize hazards, understand and interpret OSHA requirements and effectively manage workplace safety and health programs.

“The main goal of the programs is to provide workplace safety practitioners with the training they need in order to manage safety at their jobsites or workplaces,” explains Brian McClafferty, executive director of Delaware Valley Safety Council. “Those critical responsibilities include jobsite analysis and identification of workplace hazards, and the ability to put a safety plan in place that addresses those hazards and risks.”

The three programs provide entry-level through executive training content.

The five-day COSS course is designed as an entry-level course as well as a refresher for experienced safety professionals, with participants who successfully complete the program earning the nationally recognized COSS designation in just one week. COSS is the only non-degree occupational safety program to receive a national endorsement from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the certifying body for construction education for colleges, universities and technical/trade schools.

The three-day Safe Supervisor and five-day COSM programs are aimed at managers and supervisors who need advanced training focused on safety program management roles, strategic planning, risk management, communication methods, and more.

All three upcoming safety training courses consist of intensive, full-day programs taking place at UD’s Professional and Continuing Studies location at 501 South College Ave., Newark.

For more information or to register, or to RSVP for the Oct. 12 virtual information session, visit http://www.pcs.udel.edu/occupational-safety/ or call 302-831-8837.