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Employers now offered OSHA training in Valparaiso

An aerial view of the new MAAC training center for first responders, which will now offer employers OSHA training, in Valparaiso.

Northwest Indiana employers can now get Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in Valparaiso to ensure they're complying with the latest federal regulations.

The Ohio-based Mid-America OSHA Training Education Center will start offering OSHA training to businesses at the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative Foundation in Northwest Indiana's Emergency Services Training Center at 4203 Montdale Park Drive in Valparaiso, just off U.S. 30 across from the Porter County Regional Airport.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to bring OSHA training to Northern Indiana to help industry and community partners fulfill their safety and training requirements," Mid-American Director Susan White said. "Training at the MAAC’s state-of-the-art facility will allow our instructors to incorporate realistic hands-on applications with the OSHA curriculum.”

It's part of a national network of federally certified OSHA Training Institute Education Centers that offer courses to "train the trainer," or the managers who instruct workers on how to follow OSHA rules on safety and health in the workplace.

“This partnership further enhances our training capabilities throughout the first responder community, meanwhile allowing us to reach a new constituency in our region,” MAAC Chief Stewart McMillan said.

Businesses and government agencies can sign up for a number of classes including hazardous materials, machine guarding, ergonomics, confined space, excavation, electrical standards and fall arrest systems. The training center also plans to add on day seminars on subjects like nursing home guidelines, OSHA recordkeeping, emergency planning, fall awareness and machine guarding. 

For more information, visit www.midamericaosha.org or www.maacfoundation.com.

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