Occupational Health & Safety Training
Industrial accidents do not have to be an accepted part of the workplace. A majority of them
are entirely preventable through proper education and training. Investment
in training aimed at preventing accidents has multiple benefits. For employees,
awareness of proper work procedures can help minimize the risk of injuries
contributes to a safer workplace. There is a decreased risk of hospitalization,
fewer days off work because of injuries, and a better quality of life.
For employers, a safe work environment can mean fewer accidents and injuries
in the workplace, saving large amounts of money in insurance premiums,
enhanced worker morale, as well as savings in lost worker hours due to
accidents. Investing time, money, and effort in a training program, therefore,
pays substantial dividends in the long run. The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration conducts training programs for compliance officers,
as well as the private sector. Private training institutes also offer
OSHA compliant training programs that are based on the Act's regulations.
OSHA Training Institute: The OSHA Training Institute was established to educate and train federal
and state officers who are in charge of monitoring OSHA compliance, as
well as other federal and state staff.
OSHA Training Institute & Education Centers: The OSHA Education Centers were set up as an extension of the OSHA Training
Institute as a response to the demand for OSHA training from an increasing
number of interested private sector companies. Currently, these Education
Centers provide courses to trainers who are then able to train workers
in several industries, including the construction and general industry.
These programs also include modules on Hazardous Material, Ergonomics,
Electrical Standards. and Fall Arrest Systems.
OSHA Training & Reference Materials: The OSHA Training and Reference Materials Library consists of additional
resources that supplement OSHA training programs, most of them developed
by the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education. These cover reference
materials pertaining to occupational disease and industrial accident prevention,
easy-to-use tools to help in training and understanding safety issues.
Construction Safety & Health Outreach Program: The construction industry has numerous safety considerations that require
social attention, which is why OSHA's Outreach Program for the industry
is one of its most popular training programs. The program covers modules
on scaffolding, crane derrick and conveyor safety, safe methods of power
transmissions, excavations, compliance processes for hand tools and powered
machinery, as well as the kind of personal protective equipment that should
be provided to workers. Trainees are then allowed to train worker populations
in the construction industry.