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Should OSHA Training Be Required Of Experienced Workers?

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | March 25, 2014 | Comments Off on Should OSHA Training Be Required Of Experienced Workers?

OSHA required workplace safety training is an indispensable tool to teach workers how to protect themselves—and their colleagues—in the workplace. It’s a great way to acquaint workers to the hazards present at the work site, and help them spot, avoid, and abate or correct hazards. Training ensures everyone in the workplace has information that helps to maintain overall workplace safety, saving workers’ lives, and keeping families whole.

What can employees expect from OSHA workplace safety training?

OSHA training covers workers’ and employers responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970. Training also provides workers hazard information such as Construction Focus Four hazards covering falls, caught-in or -between, electrocutions, or struck-by hazards and how to properly respond to emergencies. In a nutshell, OSHA training equips workers with fundamental skills and knowledge they must have to know prior to entering the worksite.

Entry level workers and temporary workers are more often than not prone to accidents at the work site unlike their tenured and experienced counterparts. New hire employees have the highest rate of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Is their lack of experience to blame? Or is inadequate or poor quality of training to blame?

This brings us to another question—if workers are already experienced, or have spent decades working for example, as a construction worker,

Do they still have to undergo refresher training or fundamental training that entry-level workers are required to take?

Will they still find value in the said training?

The answer is yes, yes, and yes. Knowledge saves lives and too much knowledge is never a bad thing. You can go above and beyond OSHA training requirements anytime. When I talk to students while teaching safety training there are those who express a feeling of defeat. They might be taking training because of a fatality, but there has been no change in unsafe behaviors or lack of training and a general lack of supervisory concern. What do you think? We want to know how you feel about this issue.

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