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More Workers Prefer Online OSHA Training To Classrooms

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | March 15, 2013 | Comments Off on More Workers Prefer Online OSHA Training To Classrooms

More Workers Prefer Online OSHA Training To Classrooms

After a hard day of work, who has the time, energy and brainpower to attend worksite safety training?

If you work in construction; chemical, mining and mineral processing; agricultural, pharmaceutical and many other “general” industries, you probably already know that workers are required to take Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) orientation, training and education. This means they either have to trudge to a training facility after work or their supervisor has to arrange for on-site classroom education. And nobody has time for that, right?

Fortunately, technology has a third option ready for them: online OSHA training.

Online training has become a common way to take college classes, continuing education programs, and job certification training. Even many prestigious learning universities (Stanford, for example) are administering their own online course programs.

But how does online OSHA training work?

OSHA-authorized trainers administer 10-hour or 30-hour classes online for workers all over the country. The 10-hour class is for new construction workers, new foremen, entry-level supervisors; the 30-hour class is usually taken by supervisors or workers with responsibility for the safety of others. This includes safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors.

Many students are surprised to find out that online OSHA training can actually be more effective than in-class training. The programs are OSHA-approved and designed by experts who know the industry. Because the coursework is customized, it focuses on accurate, up-to-date, relevant information that workers need in the field and on the job site.

Does online training deliver the goods?

The answer is yes. Studies have consistently shown that online education is at least as good as traditional classroom learning. A few years ago, a study by SRI International for the Department of Education concluded that those who learn online do better than those stuck in brick-and-mortar classroom environments.

If you’re considering taking OSHA training courses online, be sure to get one designed specifically for your industry. As online education becomes more common, experts say that it is increasingly meeting the individual needs of the students working in diverse industries that require OSHA training. So a construction worker who must balance his time and energies between a physically demanding job and mentally challenging classroom work gets OSHA training that takes his situation into account.

This is something that’s difficult to do in-classroom training, where the courses are a “one-size-fits-all” program. Classroom programs often mean taking unnecessary courses and wasting time learning about issues that face workers in different kinds of jobs. Customized coursework, on the other hand, makes certification as quick and painless as it can possibly be, so you can get back to work quickly.

OSHA says 15 fatal job injuries occur on American worksites every day. So you can see why OSHA safety training is not to be taken lightly. As you can imagine, this training is convenient when taken online—you can access your coursework from any location with an Internet connection and you can “attend” your class at times that is convenient to you, including nights and weekends.

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