OSHA believes that training is an essential part of protecting workers from injuries and illnesses. Many OSHA standards explicitly require the employer to train employees in the 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, in or out of the workplace.
Avoiding workplace hazards, and preventing injuries and illnesses before they happen, is one of the best ways to reduce your recordable injury and illness rates.
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.
How Keller Can Help
The length and complexity of OSHA standards may make it difficult to find all the references to training. Therefore, we have included the OSHA training requirements at-a-glance, a list of all of OSHA’s training-related requirements, later in this section on page 11.
Information on who must be trained, when they must be trained, and whether written documentation is required is also included.
What Are 5-Minute Safety Talks?
New employees are typically overwhelmed with information and training during orientation. In addition to all of the necessary housekeeping topics, new hires are taught where safety data sheets are located, emergency evacuation procedures, head count locations, how to summon emergency help, and other health and safety information. There never seems to be enough time to cover all of the topics thoroughly.