NASA Johnson Space Center and The
University of Texas Arlington’s Division for Enterprise Development are
partnering to develop best practices for enhancing environmental, health and
safety training in support of current and future missions and initiatives.
UT Arlington will gain insight
into training offered at a NASA Voluntary Protection Programs certified site,
while NASA Johnson Space Center will capitalize on the University’s understanding
of industry-focused training programs as the agency prepares for increased
partnerships with commercial enterprises.
William “Bill” McArthur, Jr.,
director of Safety and Mission Assurance at Johnson Space Center, and John
Hall, UT Arlington vice president for Administration and Campus Operations,
signed a Space Act Agreement May 23, 2013, during a ceremony at Space Center Houston.
Afterward, representatives met to begin developing a framework to audit
environmental, health and safety classes and to determine leading practices.
Ultimately the benchmarking
activities will enhance training quality and knowledge sharing of environmental,
health and safety provided to NASA Johnson Space Center’s various
constituencies. Elmer "Bubba" Johnson, the Houston NASA center’s Systems
Safety Team lead, and Teresea Madden-Thompson, UT Arlington associate vice
president for the Division for Enterprise Development, will coordinate
“With more than 20 years of
experience training NASA personnel, the NASA Safety Training Center provides
training using standards unique and unobtainable from any other sources,”
McArthur said. “The agency's current focus on partnering with commercial
companies to achieve its mission requires evaluating new approaches to our
training methods. This agreement creates an opportunity for NASA to benchmark
with UT Arlington to identify best practices and obtain feedback to ensure that
we offer the best training to our personnel.”
Hall said the agreement creates an
opportunity for UT Arlington to help shape training opportunities in the
aerospace industry and its reach in the professional development sector.
“We are proud of this new
partnership with NASA Johnson Space Center, and we look forward to sharing our
expertise in professional education and training with an agency that sets the
standard for innovation,” Hall said.
Madden said the agreement will
position UT Arlington’s Division for Enterprise Development for new opportunities
with governmental agencies.
“We look forward to learning from NASA’s
expertise as well,” Madden-Thompson said. “We will build on this expertise to
create educational and training programs that will benefit the Division of
Enterprise Development’s other clients and support NASA’s commitment to
environmental, health and safety.”
NASA Safety Training Center
The NASA Safety Training Center at
Johnson Space Center was established in May 1991 by
the NASA Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance to provide
up-to-date, high-quality, NASA-specific safety training on location to NASA
Centers, or simultaneously to multiple Centers over the Video Teleconferencing
System in the pursuit of the ultimate goal of safe operations for NASA. The NSTC provides safety, as well as, mission
success, and mission unique training that enable Agency personnel to meet
uniform engineering/technical requirements for processes, procedures, practices
and methods that have been endorsed as a standard for NASA programs and
For more information at NASA JSC,
contact Kyle Herring at 281-483-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UT Arlington Division for Enterprise Development
The UT Arlington Division for Enterprise Development provides professional
development, technical assistance and training to public and private
organizations in Texas and the nation. The division consists of several units
that serve environmental, health and safety training and education needs across
the public and private sectors. They
include the U.S. Department of Labor federally approved Region VI OSHA
Education Center, the Center for Environmental Excellence, Environmental
Training Institute and the Public Works Training Institute.
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at
Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,800 students
and 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.