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standards put in place and published by OSHA explicitly require the
employer to train employees in the workplace safety and health aspects of
their jobs. Other OSHA standards make it the employer's
responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are
"certified", "competent", or
"qualified", meaning that they have had special previous
training. The term "designated" personnel means selected
or assigned by the employer or the employer's representative as
being qualified to perform specific duties. These requirements
reflect OSHA's belief that workplace safety training is an essential part of every
employer's safety and health program for protecting workers from
injuries and illnesses. Many researchers conclude that those who are
new on the job have a higher rate of accidents and injuries than
more experienced workers. If ignorance of specific job hazards and
of proper work practices is even partly to blame for this higher
injury rate, then training will help to provide a solution.
length and complexity of OSHA standards may make it difficult to
find all the references to training. So, to help employers, safety
and health professionals, training directors, and others with a need
to know, OSHA's training-related requirements have been excerpted
and collected in this discussion. Requirements for posting
information, warning signs, labels, and the like are excluded, as
are most references to the qualifications of people assigned to test
workplace conditions or equipment.
is usually a good idea for the employer to keep a record of all
workplace safety and health training. Records can provide evidence of the
employer's good faith and compliance with OSHA standards.
Documentation can also supply an answer to one of the first
questions an accident investigator will ask: "Was the injured
employee trained to do the job?"
Workplace safety training
in the proper performance of a job is time and money well spent, and
the employer might regard it as an investment rather than an
expense. An effective program of safety and health training for
workers can result in fewer injuries and illnesses, better morale,
and lower insurance premiums, among other benefits.
The OSH Act of 1970 does
not address specifically the responsibility of employers to provide
workplace health and safety information and instruction to employees, although
Section 5(a)(2) does require that each employer " . . . shall
comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated
under this Act." However, more than 100 of the Act's current
standards do contain training requirements.
Safety Solutions, Inc. provides
professional development training and education for all levels of management,
supervision, and employees that meet and exceed OSHA’s Training
Requirements at your location.
We provide workplace safety training seminars to our clients ranging from OSHA
required training to advanced safety training, by an OSHA authorized
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