The Occupational Health and Safety Administration today released today public sector safety basic principles program, a new certification program that provides public sector workers training on occupational safety and health to reduce injuries, diseases and deaths among workers in local and state government authorities.
The certification programs are available for both construction and general industry. Students can choose from a variety of programs, including work-related protection requirements for construction or general industry, protection management, accident investigation, fall protection and record keeping. To earn a certification, members must complete a minimum of seven programs, made up of three required programs and additional optional courses, amassing at least 68 hours of in-class training.
OSHA has created a new webpage dedicated to this certification system. The page provides course explanations and requirements, information and guidelines on how to apply for the program.
The certification course is administered by OSHA Safety Training Institutes, which are non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver work-related protection training. All programs can be taken nationwide. Students can use OSHA’s course schedule to find training programs for the certification at http://www.osha.gov/dte/ecd/course_otiec_search_public.html. Courses taken at different OTI Education Facilities are transferable toward the certification program.
Under the OSHA Act of 1970, employers must ensure a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s part is to en sure these conditions for working men and women by establishing and implementing these requirements. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.