The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was founded in the 70s to ensure companies provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees. These standards can include safety equipment and regulations. If a company fails to provide training, it can face fines. Different jobs require different levels of training, and you should renew your training on a regular basis. For someone with little knowledge of OSHA training requirements it can seem confusing, but it is important to stay up to date on safety requirements to help prevent work-related injuries.
Ask your human resources department or local Department of Labor to find out what type of OSHA training you need. There are four levels of training. Initial training is required before you start your job. Annual training is training that occurs every year for certain occupations including medical and environmental occupations. Special incremental training is training that occurs every other year or every three years, and potential hazard training is required when companies identify new hazards.
Take the initial training as provided by your employer. Employers usually will give this during orientation on the first day of the job. Some jobs, such as construction require certification. Check with the OSHA regional office, a local community college or university to see if they offer classes in safety training.
Enroll in an outreach training program. The Department of Labor can provide you with information on OSHA Outreach training programs, which provide employees with information on safety and health hazards in the workplace. If you take an outreach program, it is a voluntary program that does not count toward training requirements for OSHA standards.
Consult the Code of Federal Regulations for any annual requirements for your position. The Code also will provide you with any incremental requirements. Employers should stay up to date on what training is required for employees to prevent injuries and harm in the workplace. Generally the more hazardous the job, the more frequent the incremental training will be.
Review company training programs if an injury occurs. For example, if an injury happens on a construction site, employees must immediately receive safety training. According to OSHA, it is the responsibility of the employer to determine if the training and trainer meets the requirements and qualifications needed. Information from the OSHA Job Hazard Analysis should be used as the content for all training activities.
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