As an employer, maintaining a safe workplace is critical. It helps you ensure day-to-day operations continue efficiently and on target while your workers avoid any dangerous situations to remain safe and healthy. One way to provide your workers with adequate training to perform job duties safely is through OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 10- or 30-hour training sessions. Once completed, the employee will receive an OSHA student course completion card proving he or she passed the course.
What do OSHA 10- and 30-hour safety training classes entail?
For entry-level employees or those who have minimal safety or health responsibility on the job, the 10-hour course covers general safety and health information. This includes content related to construction, and general industry and how to recognize, avoid and prevent workplace safety hazards. Classes also provide information about OSHA, including workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities.
For employees and supervisors who have greater health and safety responsibility on the job, the 30-hour course is more in-depth. It covers a wider variety of safety topics and industry-specific information.
Courses must be taught by OSHA-authorized trainers
Only a specific list of authorized OSHA trainers may teach the OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses and issue the completion cards. Authorized trainers can be found nationwide on the list in the link above and must also have an official OSHA training card. Beware of any fraudulent courses taught by unauthorized instructors. Odell Studner’s very own Jamie Endres is an authorized OSHA trainer. To learn more about safety services at Odell Studner, contact Jamie A. Endres, Risk Management Consultant at JEndres@OdellStudner.com.
Are these safety courses required?
Depending on the state or city in which an employee works, training courses like the OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses may be mandatory for employment. However, OSHA itself does not require employees to complete these courses prior to employment. Other job duties do require OSHA training, such as handling hazardous chemicals and operating specific machinery on the job. To learn more about training requirements for your employees, consult local organizations or visit OSHA online. To learn more about the OSHA 10- and 30-hour course programs, visit the Outreach Training Program page.
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