Making Sense of OSHA’s Safety Training Requirements

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 by the OSH Act with the aim of improving company safety. That act gave OSHA regulatory power over private sector workplaces. The act also permitted states to develop and approve their own plans to cover private sector employees as long as they provide protection equivalent to that provided under Federal OSHA regulations.

What are OSHA’s safety training requirements?

Safety training requirements differ between types of companies.
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How do I comply with OSHA's safety training requirements?

The first step to compliance with OSHA's safety training requirements is to implement documentable programs such as safety policies and procedures manuals; training materials such as interactive videos, online training, and more that address the topics required by OSHA; emergency response plans; and more. Our safety training products can help you get started or update your current materials cost effectively and with little effort.

What are the consequences of non-compliance?

Risks of not establishing safety compliance that meet or exceed OSHA's safety training requirements are led first and foremost by the risk of injuries and incidences for you and your employees. In addition, other risks include frivolous lawsuits, OSHA fines, and decreased productivity and profitability.

How are Cal-OSHA and other state authorities different?

States can choose to enforce their own policies that exceed the Federal OSHA safety training requirements. In many ways, the California organization, Cal-OSHA, is stricter and more severe. For example, California requires a heat stress and illness protection program. Also Cal-OSHA requires all companies to train employees and document their training every seven to 10 days. Not surprisingly, California is not the only state with its own OSHA department. Twenty-six states across the United States have their own departments of workplace safety. In these states, regulations must either meet or exceed the federal standards.

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