OSHA Kansas Certification
Prior to OSHA’s creation, there were very few job site safety standards. Luckily, since OSHA establishment, there are now plenty of regulations in place to protect workers around the country, including in Kansas, from injuries, fatalities, and accidents.
With all the good OSHA brings, their hundreds of state-specific regulations can be confusing, so we created this guide to simplify OSHA training recommendations. By the end of this guide, you’ll understand where to get your OSHA Kansas training and why OSHA training is so important in the state of Kansas.
OSHA Kansas Training Requirements
While other states have their own occupational health and safety regulatory programs (often called “state plans”), Kansas does not. Instead, Kansas falls under OSHA’s jurisdiction.
In the state of Kansas, OSHA doesn’t require workers to complete 10 and 30-hour “Outreach” courses, but they do recommend Outreach training as a general introduction to workplace safety. Even though Outreach training isn’t required by OSHA, many Kansas employers will require it as part of their new employee orientation. If you’re an entry-level employee, you’ll need to sign up for the 10-hour course, while supervisors should sign up for the 30-hour course.
Benefits of OSHA Training for Workers in Kansas
The primary purpose of OSHA safety training is to prevent injuries and fatalities on the worksite, but OSHA training will also ensure employers can avoid OSHA inspection penalties, lower workers’ compensation costs, and increase work productivity and financial performance.
Of course, we can continue to state that training and safety awareness prevents injuries, but until you see the numbers yourself, it can be difficult to truly understand its importance. Take a look at the following statistics from OSHA, the Department of Labor, and other Kansas agencies; they tell the story of the importance of safety training.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Kansas
According to reporting through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kansas had 72 fatal occupational injuries in in 2017. That's of 5,147 fatal occupational injuries nation-wide.
Of the 72 fatalities:
- 42 were the result of transportation incidents
- 5 were the result of falls, slips, and trips
- 9 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
- 12 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
- 5 were the result of fires and explosions
The 72 fatalities were distributed across the following industries:
- 24 in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
- 13 in transportation and warehousing
- 8 in construction
- 7 in manufacturing
- 4 in administrative and waste services
- 4 in education and health services
- 11 in various other private industries
- 1 in local government
2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Kansas
Those statistics make it pretty clear that Kansas workers, especially those in construction, are at high risk for injuries and accidents. However, workers aren’t alone in needing OSHA training. Kansas businesses can also use OSHA training to help reduce their risk of enforcement penalties from an OSHA inspection.
On their website, OSHA lists the top enforcement cases in Kansas for the current year. Here are the top cases for 2019.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|KS||1368748.015||Best One Tire||WICHITA||06/13/2019||$80,135.00|
|KS||1393599.015||Delta Design, LTD||TOPEKA||06/04/2019||$58,344.00|
|KS||1364908.015||MFA Enterprises, Inc.||EMPORIA||06/06/2019||$54,560.00|
|KS||1365308.015||Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc.||FREDONIA||06/05/2019||$60,618.00|
|KS||1360058.015||Spirit Aerosystems, Inc.||WICHITA||05/07/2019||$193,218.00|
|KS||1374111.015||ABN Torch Metals||KANSAS CITY||05/06/2019||$43,758.00|
|KS||1357388.015||Custom Crushing & Company||MANHATTAN||04/26/2019||$193,596.00|
|KS||1381359.015||Ply Gem Specialty Products, LLC||OLATHE||06/13/2019||$47,358.00|
|KS||1372015.015||John Canning Co||MANHATTAN||07/15/2019||$67,437.00|
|KS||1384851.015||Smith & Smith Aircraft International, Ltd.||WICHITA||07/25/2019||$47,738.00|
|KS||1404598.015||Shamrock Tire & Auto Service, Inc.||WICHITA||09/06/2019||$104,754.00|
|KS||1351154.015||Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC||TOPEKA||03/29/2019||$62,512.00|
|KS||1354461.015||Alumbaugh Tree Service||KANSAS CITY||03/21/2019||$40,350.00|
|KS||1368959.015||Great Lakes Polymer Technologies, LLC||KINGMAN||03/14/2019||$47,739.00|
Federal OSHA Offices in Kansas
Because Kansas employers and workers come under federal OSHA jurisdiction, there is a local area OSHA office in Wichita to serve the needs of Kansans.
If you need to contact the Kansas OSHA office for any reason, you can find their contact info on OSHA’s website.
Additional Kansas Resources for Safety Information
Aside from the resources above, you can visit the following Kansas state agency and association websites for additional safety resources.
Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL): The KDOL manages workforce services for employers, workers, and job seekers, including unemployment benefits, labor law enforcement, and industrial safety and health. They also administer rules and regulations for workers’ compensation, which is important when you're considering information on workplace safety.
Industrial Safety and Health Division (ISH): Operating under KDOL, ISH provides free safety consultations and gathers occupational injury and illness data for the state. They also investigate safety complaints in the public sector (which isn't covered by federal OSHA) and advises on development of safety programs for city, county, and state entities.
Kansas State University (K-State) Farm Safety program: K-State provides safety support to the Kansas farming community, including pre-employment training for farm youth. They also run the AgrAbility project to help farmers with a disability continue doing farm work.
KDOL's Annual Safety and Health Conference: This four-day event promotes safety awareness and updates in Topeka, every fall.
Workers' Comp Insurance Safety Services: Did you know that your workers' compensation insurance is required by Kansas law to provide certain safety services? Learn more here.
Enroll Now in OSHA Kansas Training Courses
With your new understanding of the importance of OSHA Kansas training, you’re well on your way to a safer workplace. All you need to do is sign up for one of our safety courses.
We have over 20 years of experience as an OSHA-authorized training provider, and we offer OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA 30-Hour Construction, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, and OSHA 30-Hour General Industry to satisfy your OSHA training needs.
The best parts of our training programs are that they’re completely online and self-paced.