Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of the TEEX Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute – Southwest Education Center, has received the Regents Fellow Service Award from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
The prestigious award, one of the highest honors given by the Regents, is given to top faculty and staff who are committed to public service. Madden-Thompson, who joined TEEX in 1995, was recognized for her efforts to generate new jobs, make citizens more employable and save lives.
A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Texas A&M – Commerce, Madden-Thompson leads one of the premier OSHA Training Institutes in the country. Since she became director of TEEX-OSHA in 1996, the program has touched more than 100,000 lives through train-the-trainer courses.
In 1998, Madden-Thompson worked with the Army Safety Center to develop a new curriculum for their safety training program, for which the U.S. Army issued a letter of commendation. The American Council on Education (ACE) awarded 42 graduate-hour credit recommendations for the Army Safety Intern curriculum. TEEX-OSHA then established a partnership with TAMU-Commerce, which allowed students in the Army Safety Intern program to earn a master’s degree in Industrial Technology.
Always concerned for worker safety, when her team learned that four out of every five injuries on the job and more than half of work-related fatalities in Texas occur among Spanish-speaking workers, she launched a program to target this group. TEEX-OSHA offered the nation’s first Spanish Trainer Course in OSHA Safety Standards for the Construction Industry.
And when eight oil field workers in Texas and four others states lost their lives during a 40-day period last year, they worked with oil and gas producers and servicing companies to organize the first advanced oil and gas safety course for OSHA compliance officers. About 50 OSHA compliance officers learned how to inspect for hazards in oil and gas production, drilling and workover rigs. The program was the first of its kind and is used as a model for other collaborative efforts between the Department of Labor and private organizations.
Madden-Thompson has worked extensively on developing innovative professional development programs and recently TEEX-OSHA introduced the Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) program, a certification program for safety professionals that is transferable from company to company and gives safety professionals a career path and a goal for their OSHA training.
One of Madden-Thompson’s newest initiatives is aimed at the youngest people in the workforce, 16- to 24-year-olds, who have double the occupational injury rate of workers of all ages. Career-Safe is a 10-hour training program that will provide 9th-12th graders with the fundamental safety knowledge needed for successful entry into the workforce.
Her nomination said: “Madden-Thompson has developed innovative ways to help others work more safely and confidently. She has truly touched many lives, many of whom she has never even met. She is a catalyst of success in all she does.”
After receiving her award, Madden-Thompson said, “It is a great honor to be considered part of such an elite group — I couldn’t have done it without the support of the wonderful people that work at TEEX. My hope is that this award will shine a light on the importance of workplace safety and health and the value of TEEX programs in preventing injuries and saving lives.”