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First Things First - OSHA Training For On-The-Job Safety

Written By Iniesta Estable on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 12:53 AM

There are many places of work that consider productivity, profits and other financial aspects of their business to be the most important. What they fail to realize is that full efficiency can only be achieved through proper safety. Smart companies understand that safety training is the first and foremost for a productive work force and profitable business. OSHA regulations are designed to create a safe and healthy work environment for employees across all manner of industries. Getting the right training for your industry can assist your staff in being fully productive and reducing the number of injuries occurring.

There are different ways of providing safety training to your staff, depending on the number of employees and the kind of training required. On-site training can be provided when all members of staff need an update on safety standards. If there are only a few who need training or an update on certification, going to an off-site session or taking an online course is often the better method, providing direct learning for a lower cost.

An online training course can be particularly effective, since they can be taken during work hours in a separate training room or after hours. It isn't a requirement to compensate staff members who participate in after hours courses, but it can be a gesture of goodwill to give extra pay and/or time-in-lieu for personal time spent learning to be a safer, better employee.

Training is available in numerous subjects, including electrical, hazardous materials and general equipment safety. OSHA-approved training centers offer a variety of courses for employers to choose from based on the health and safety needs of their employees. It can even be constructive to send employees to courses that may not be directly related to their positions, just to give them the extra awareness and let them see what a key part each of them plays in maintaining safety in the workplace.

Before selecting an OSHA training course, be sure to check the center's course offerings, as well as its reputation. It's the employer's responsibility to ensure that all employees are trained completely and competently; any accidents or injuries will leave the company at fault. Providing the correct safety training to your staff can have a huge impact on the success of your business and finding the right courses for your needs is the place to start.