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What if my Annual Refresher training is not taken in 12 months?
OSHA's intent is that employees should complete their refresher training within (12) twelve months of their initial training, although OSHA do understand that courses may be missed due to unavoidable circumstances.
If the date for refresher training has lapsed, the need to repeat initial training must be determined based on the employee's familiarity with safety and health procedures used on site. The employee should take the next available refresher training course. "There should be a record in the employee's file indicating why the training has been delayed and when the training will be completed".
Please note that in some states operating their own OSHA-approved state safety and health program, refresher training must be completed by the exact anniversary of the initial training. You may refer to OSHA's FAQs for HAZWOPER here.