A&M-Texarkana to offer Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program


The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Office of Extended Education and Community Development will offer a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program Jan. 9-13 on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) is a unique, curriculum-based program that builds a solid foundation in both general industry and construction knowledge for the beginning safety practitioner as well as the experienced safety professional.

The program meets the requirements outlined in the American National Standards Institute’s Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training Standard.

The course consists of 40 hours of hands-on, instructor-led learning, delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers and is designed to equip workers with the core competencies they need to succeed in occupational safety and health.

COSS graduates will be able to determine the true cost of accidents; calculate total recordable incident rates; search company and public records to assess where the likelihood of an accident may lie; master the use of the Code of Federal Regulations (construction and general industry); identify hazards, determine regulatory requirements, implement corrective actions and train personnel in required changes; complete risk analyses for key jobs and processes; perform thorough accident investigations; develop and implement a safety audit and inspection program; communicate corporate safety initiatives and goals; and develop and maintain company safety plans and manuals.

“We are excited to offer the COSS program for our corporate partners in the region, as well as to individuals who are interested in learning more about occupational safety and health,” said Shelley Caraway, director of Extended Education and Community Development at A&M-Texarkana. “Our goal is to deliver the professional preparation required for workplace advancement and success.”

The cost of the course and materials is $1,699.

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