Get a jump on the new year by prepping for the required OSHA training programs for 2015. Safety training courses which are designed according to OSHA standards can save lives every year by providing workers with a mandate for safety. That’s why you should take advantage of training opportunities to ensure that you are compliant with OSHA safety training requirements. Here are five of the most prominent safety training topics to consider for your employees in 2015:
Personal Protective Equipment
Given many hazardous exposures in the workplace, understanding the OSHA requirements regarding personal protective equipment is all the more important. Commonly referred as PPE, personal protective equipment is used to minimize exposure to illnesses and injuries. Gloves, face masks, hard hats, protective footwear—these are a few of PPE’s favorite things. Note that employers are required by regulatory authorities to inform every employee about how, when, what, and why PPEs must be used.
OSHA’s latest updates to the Hazard Communication Standard mean that employers will be required to comply with new labeling regulations by June 2015. Comprehensive employee training must be completed by June 2016. Be updated on the new Hazardous Communication changes, which include a new standard for communicating hazards, labeling, and safety data sheets. The updated training for Hazardous Communication will benefit workers—thanks to an improved, universal way of reading labels about hazardous materials.
Did you know that there are rules and regulations related to entering confined spaces? OSHA has regulations about working in confined spaces—such as silos, manholes, ductwork, tanks, and equipment housing. Furthermore, confined spaces may be classified as “permit-required confined spaces” if they involve hazards, such as exposed live wires, unprotected machinery or likelihood of asphyxiation. Protect your workers and inform them about the hazards of working in confined spaces by taking required OSHA training in 2015.
Whether or not you work in the healthcare industry, it’s still possible for you to come across bloodborne pathogens if you work alongside other people. The risk of contamination from bloodborne pathogens, which include infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV, is present in various work environments. From exposure due to needle points to exposure following a bloody accident, you could be at risk at any moment. Protect yourself and your employees by completing OSHA required safety training regarding blood borne pathogens!
Lock out/Tag out
OSHA has developed several training programs for specific industries when it comes to controlling hazardous energy (better known as a lock out/tag out). Workers in the construction, long shoring and marine industries, as well as electric power generation, distribution, and transmission should note the presence of hazards among energy sources. These sources include chemical, hydraulic, electrical, thermal, and mechanical. There is a high risk involved in servicing and maintaining equipment related to energy. For example, the release or unexpected startup of an energy-filled piece of equipment can create grave injury to employees. Keeping up with the latest practices about lock out/tag out procedures can help employees to reduce accidents and injuries at work.