Regardless of the size or industry of your company, proper training is imperative for every employee within an organization. This includes the CEO who can learn how to increase profits, the CFO who can decrease overhead, the HR Director for reducing employee turnover, the Compliance Manager to ensure the company follows all current laws and regulations, and the L&D Manager responsible for in-house training. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of OSHA compliance training and how your L&D and Compliance Manager can enable your company to meet the specific standards necessary to ensure a safe and productive work environment.
Training requirements often vary within each department. Your leadership team should brainstorm to identify the training needs for each department as well as the company as a whole. Once you approve the training objectives, your L&D Manager can create a program that ensures every person within the organization receives the training they need to continuously develop and hone their knowledge and skills to perform at peak levels.
Company duties that expose workers to a high level of risk of injury or even death require that company to provide mandatory Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training to encourage safety and best practices in the workplace. These companies include those in warehousing, manufacturing, or processing or distributing business that present risks employees may face on the job. Keeping up-to-date with OSHA standards is crucial for employers to avoid costly violations and, most importantly, to reduce risk and safeguard their employees in the workplace. Thankfully, OSHA offers an incredible outreach training program, which is a great place to get started.
What is OSHA?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA for short is a United States Department of Labor agency that establishes and enforces protective standards for workplace safety and health. The OSH Act of 1970 gives OSHA the authorization to enforce the standards developed under the Act, which “assure safe and healthful working conditions for both men and women” on the job. Besides enforcing the strict regulations that help prevent injuries, illness and death, OSHA also offers employee and worker assistance and training programs for all types of industries via the OSHA Outreach Training Program that supports the success of employees and companies by ensuring a safe and healthy place to work.
What Does the OSHA Outreach Training Program Consist Of?
Since its launch in 1971, the OSHA Outreach Training Program has served almost 4 million workers with the primary goal of increasing the knowledge of workers specific to hazards as well as their legal rights. The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches employees how to identify hazards at work and the appropriate way to avoid them. The program also covers abatement and prevention, along with employees’ rights, employer responsibilities, and even the correct way to file a complaint with OSHA.
Although the program targets entry-level workers, it can benefit all employees. Participants can complete either a 10 or 30-hour program depending on the level of training required. Regardless, both options offer great benefits that include:
- Safety culture promotion via peer training
- Emphasis on the value of workplace safety and health through hazard recognition and avoidance
- Customizable topics based on each employee’s needs
- Multi-language availability
- Hands-on participation
To get started with the OSHA Outreach Training Program, you’ll have to select an OSHA-authorized trainer. For the trainers to offer OSHA services, they must complete an updated course every four years and have met several prerequisites of OSHA standards. OSHA recommends that companies speak with several trainers to find the one that matches the company’s criteria. Additionally, because trainers work as independent service providers, the associated cost for training varies across providers so its best to compare multiple quotes to find the best financial fit as well.
OSHA Compliance: Going Beyond the OSHA Outreach Training Program
It’s important to note that the OSHA Outreach Training Program itself does not cover all of the training requirements found in the OSHA standards, meaning your Compliance and L&D Managers would need to incorporate outside resources to provide employees with the necessary training for hazards and the specific jobs they perform.
Thankfully, there are a number of organizations that are OSHA-authorized to provide the additional training needed to meet OSHA compliance. Additionally, this training can be completed and tracked online in your company’s Learning Management System (LMS) like any other type of employee training, making it easy to provide workers with what they need to stay safe and healthy on the job.
The OSHA training you need to meet compliance can be sourced from a number of online offerings. You can find a package of readymade courses that will check the boxes for OSHA compliance from GO1’s digital library.
As all of their training is the result of hard work by an industry leader, every course offered by GO1 meets high standards. They have an abundance of beneficial topics, all competitively priced and a short duration.
What to Expect from the Training
Once your employees complete the OSHA training, they will have new knowledge and skills in dealing with hazards at work. Your workers will be more in tune with their surroundings, making it easier for them to identify a possible threat. They will also know who to turn to if they spot something suspicious and the steps to take to ensure their safety and health as well as that of their fellow employees.
With OSHA training completed, companies will be able to ensure they are meeting OSHA requirements and avoid costly fines that result from being non-compliant with the current laws and regulations. (You can see some of the most common citations here.) With GO1, you can source, deliver, and track all the OSHA compliance training you need in one place – right within the LMS – and quickly pull a report to prove OSHA compliance at any time if it is ever needed.
Additionally, you can feel more confident in your leaders and their teams’ abilities to spot and report hazardous situations as well as see fewer accidents, have less employee turnover, and possibly reduce your liability insurance premium.
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