Q. Our company recently hired some employees who do not speak English as their first language. What are our obligations in training these employees?
A. OSHA recently addressed training standards for multilingual employees in a memorandum dated April 28, 2010.
To meet OSHA’s standards, employers must train their staff in a manner they can understand, which may include presenting the information in a foreign language.
In addition to instructing employees in a language they can understand, employers must also use vocabulary employees can understand.