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What Are The OSHA Training Requirements Anyways?

Written By Iniesta Estable on Monday, August 13, 2012 | 2:16 PM

There are as many OSHA training requirements as there are job titles. Unfortunately there is no one set of guidelines that can satisfy the requirements for OSHA training in the workplace. Here are some guidelines for you to follow, that as a general rule, may help to meet and understand some of the training regulations and requirements.

The employer first needs to determine if training is needed In most circumstances, some sore of instruction is needed before work begins. In the event that a job is complex or dangerous if it is not done in a certain way, the employer will determine that more training is needed. Often times an evaluation of the job duties is done. This evaluation is called a job hazard assessment. It's a good idea for the employer to observe every worker to determine if further training is needed.

Determine what the training needs are Based on the observation of the particular job, the employer will identify what and how much detail should be worked into the training sessions. Most of the time the employer should conduct hands on demonstrations and direction for various job duties. This is especially true for brand new workers. Classroom or formal education can also be an effective means of education as well.
Expand and improve existing programs Training doesn't end - or at least shouldn't end - once the determination & needs are meant and programs are developed. Improving existing programs needs to be continuous. People change, machines change, job duties also change. Training needs to evolve with the infrastructure of the company. There is always room for improvement.