2/15/2006 12:00 AM
The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s OSHA Southwest Education Center set an all-time national record by providing safety and health training to 5,503 students in 2005. The center, which is headquartered in Mesquite, trains workers and employers in a five-state region that includes Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.
This was the second year in a row that the TEEX center was ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) . The Southwest Education Center instructed one-fourth of all students trained last year by the 19 OSHA Education Centers nationwide — a 31 percent increase over the number trained in 2004. The federal OSHA Office of Training and Education also gave the center an “outstanding” rating in its annual performance appraisal.
“We are pleased with the recognition, but our true reward comes from our students who are making an impact in the workplace by reducing accidental injury and property losses,” said David Milligan, Division Director of TEEX Professional and Regulatory Training . “It is a privilege to provide training and technical assistance to members of the safety profession. And it speaks highly of our instructors that so many of our students refer their colleagues to us for their training solutions.”
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services that impact Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire , homeland security , law enforcement , public works , safety and health , search and rescue and technology transfer .