OSHA Missouri Certification
Before OSHA was created, U.S. workers had very few federal safety protections. Now, OSHA enforces many regulations that keep workers safe in every state, including Missouri. They protect workers from a variety of workplace hazards, from fire to falls.
Working out OSHA's exact requirements for your state, industry, and job can be confusing, since guidelines vary, and some states have separate rules. Below, we'll review OSHA's training recommendations, sources of OSHA Missouri training, and how training can save life and limb for Missourians in every industry.
OSHA Missouri Training Requirements
Unlike some states, Missouri doesn't have an occupational health and safety regulatory program at the state level (often called a "state plan"). As a result, Missourians fall under federal OSHA jurisdiction, which covers most private-sector workers.
OSHA requires employees to be trained on specific topics that are relevant to their health and safety. They also recommend their 10-hour or 30-hour Outreach courses for certain high-risk industries, as a general orientation to safety.
Unlike standard-specific training, Outreach courses aren't required at the federal level. They're also not required by Missouri law for most employees. However, Missouri employers themselves often require Outreach training, as a basic orientation to safety.
OSHA's 10-hour Outreach courses are intended for entry-level workers, while their 30-hour courses are designed for supervisors.
Missouri's Construction Safety Training Act
Missouri law does require Outreach training for one group of people: construction workers for projects with public funding. The Construction Safety Training Act (§292.675 Revised Statutes of Missouri) requires OSHA 10-hour Construction training by an OSHA-authorized provider for:
- Workers directly involved in construction at the project site
- Workers at nearby facilities used by the contractor or subcontractor for construction
- Workers involved in transporting materials, fuel, or equipment on-site
- Drivers delivering materials, fuel, or equipment to the site IF they assist in loading, unloading or any other work at the site
Benefits of OSHA Missouri Training for Workers
OSHA safety training is intended to improve employees’ awareness and understanding of workplace hazards and arm them with methods to prevent fatalities and accidents.
By creating a more safety-conscious workforce, an investment in employers in OSHA training can help Missouri employers:
- Avoid OSHA citations and fines
- Lower workers’ compensation costs
- Boost productivity and financial performance
Below, you'll find statistics from OSHA, the Department of Labor, and Missouri state agencies that illustrate the importance of safety training in reducing costs and savings lives.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Missouri
In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics logged a total of 125 fatal occupational injuries in Missouri, out of 5,147 national fatalities.
Of the 125 fatal occupational injuries:
- 46 were the result of transportation incidents
- 13 were the result of falls, slips, and trips
- 16 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
- 31 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
- 11 were the result of exposure to harmful substances or environments
- 8 were the result of fires and explosions
The 125 fatalities were distributed across the following industries:
- 31 in trade, transportation and utilities
- 10 in construction
- 14 in government (9 in local, 3 in federal, 2 unspecified)
- 10 in administrative and waste services
- 29 in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting
- 31 in various other private industries
When non-fatal incidents are included, the Missouri Department of Labor reports that construction was the highest-ranking industry for workplace accidents in 2018.
2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Missouri
Workers in Missouri, especially those working in construction, risk injuries and accidents every day in the course of their job. That's expensive for Missouri businesses.
But even when no one gets hurt, businesses can save money with OSHA training. A well-trained workforce can help their employer avoid enforcement penalties from an OSHA inspection, because they know what rules they should follow.
Currently, OSHA lists the top enforcement cases by state on its website. Here are the top cases for 2019 to give you an example of the kind of money at stake.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|MO||1403725.015||Play Power, Inc.||MONETT||10/04/2019||$87,140.00|
|MO||1415050.015||Hixon Brothers Contracting||KANSAS CITY||09/24/2019||$54,386.00|
|MO||1365892.015||Hoover and Associates||INDEPENDENCE||02/25/2019||$64,974.00|
|MO||1357193.015||Wentzville Rural King Supply, Inc.||WENTZVILLE||02/13/2019||$87,520.00|
|MO||1371584.015||Loy-Lange Box Company||SAINT LOUIS||01/29/2019||$51,051.00|
|MO||1385506.015||Doe Run Company||BOSS||06/18/2019||$47,358.00|
|MO||1372602.015||Franklin County Construction, LLC||SAINT PETERS||06/06/2019||$96,265.00|
|MO||1358797.015||Compass Resources, LLC||KANSAS CITY||05/02/2019||$101,534.00|
|MO||1383619.015||Tyson Foods, Inc.||DEXTER||04/08/2019||$84,391.00|
|MO||1371030.015||R.V. Wagner, Inc.||SAINT LOUIS||07/08/2019||$212,158.00|
|MO||1377997.015||MISSOURI COOPERAGE COMPANY LLC||LEBANON||07/30/2019||$338,512.00|
|MO||1385627.015||MISSOURI COOPERAGE COMPANY LLC||LEBANON||07/30/2019||$74,858.00|
|MO||1379034.015||J.H. BERRA CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.||SAINT CHARLES||08/02/2019||$143,206.00|
|MO||1415647.015||EDGE MANUFACTURING INC.||PEVELY||07/31/2019||$44,328.00|
|MO||1422587.015||PLM COMPANIES||SAINT LOUIS||08/20/2019||$46,034.00|
|MO||1388495.015||TAYLOR CABLE PRODUCTS||GRANDVIEW||08/30/2019||$49,062.00|
Federal OSHA Offices in Missouri
Since Missouri employers and workers all fall under federal jurisdiction, OSHA maintains two local area offices in major cities in Missouri:
- Kansas City
- St. Louis
To contact a local Missouri OSHA office, check out their contact information on OSHA’s website.
Additional Missouri Resources for Safety Information
In addition to all of the above, you can find more occupational safety and health resources at the following Missouri agency and association websites.
Missouri Department of Labor (DOL): The DOL provides workforce services to employers, workers, and job seekers like managing workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, workplace safety, and more.
On-Site Safety & Health Consultation: Within the DOL, the Division of Labor Standards offers on-site consultations to help small employers in high hazard industries create a safer workplace and avoid costly OSHA penalties. The program is free and does not assess any fines or penalties.
Missouri Workers' Safety Program (MWSP): The MWSP provides free services like on-site safety and health reviews, safety program advice, workers' comp advice, safety presentations, and recommendations for independent certified safety consultants/engineers.
Missouri Safe @ Work: This site is full of useful occupational safety and health resources: state statistics, sample safety programs, "toolbox talks," safety videos, and more.
Show-Me Farm Safety: This site provides safety education for the Missouri agricultural industry, including tractor safety, grain storage safety, and livestock safety. There is even a kids' section for youth safety on family farms.
Enroll Now in Missouri OSHA Training Courses
As you can see, OSHA Missouri training is vital to the health and well-being of workers, supervisors, and employers in Missouri. But where do you turn for the safety training you need?
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