OSHA has released a new guide spelling out the occupational safety and health training employers must provide to workers.
The guide, titled Training Requirements in OSHA Standards, outlines mandated training in five industrial categories: general industry, the maritime and construction trades, agriculture, and federal employment.
How to use the guide
The OSHA guide cites specific safety and health regulations that mandate training. Three steps will help you comply:
1. Identify the training requirements for your specific industry, using the guide’s table of contents. Create a checklist of mandated topics.
2. Comb through the pertinent sections to ensure all training elements are included in your sessions.
Note: Where the regulations re-quire the use of specific equipment for training, check to ensure that every employee has access to the necessary tools and other supplies.
3. Match employees to the training requirements to establish a training schedule that complies with the law. Your goal: Ensure that the right staff receive the right training at the right time.
After reviewing the guide, you should be able to create a training curriculum for each position.
You need to be able to prove that your safety and health training program is up-to-date and that all employees who need training receive it. Direct trainers to document that they reviewed the standards training requirements, noting any curriculum changes they made as a result.
This can limit your exposure to OSHA fines.
The OSHA guide also contains five appendices with information on multilingual safety and health resources, references, states with approved OSHA plans and information about free on-site safety and health consultation services available to small businesses.