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OSHA Training

ECOthink Group provides OSHA training to small as well as large companies in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.  Webinars and online training is also available.   ECOthink Group can develop a custom/company specific OSHA training program.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is intended “To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.”

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. No person should sustain an injury, become sick, or lose their life for a paycheck. Many OSHA standards, which were developed to prevent workplace tragedies, include specific safety and health training requirements to ensure that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work. OSHA believes that training is a critical part of every company’s safety and health program for protecting workers from injuries and illnesses. Researchers have confirmed that newly hired employees have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than more experienced workers.

Providing employees with appropriate safety training is an investment that will pay back over and over again in fewer injuries and illnesses, better morale, lower insurance premiums and more.  It is important to maintain a record of all safety and health training. Documentation can help answer one of the first questions an incident investigator will ask: “Did the employee receive adequate training to do the job?”

An example of a training requirement is found in the revised Hazard Communication standard (Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910.1200, effective May 25, 2012), which improves the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace. This standard states:

Employers shall provide employees with effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of their initial assignment, and whenever a new chemical hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area.  Information and training may be designed to cover categories of hazards (e.g., flammability, carcinogenicity) or specific chemicals. Chemical-specific information must always be available through labels and safety data sheets.

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Some OSHA standards require initial training as well annual refresher. Training can be formal or informal depending on the situation and specific standard. Ongoing training and refreshers including toolbox talks are important in building a strong safety culture. When training includes participation from workers, workplace injury and illness prevention programs are improved because workers can identify missing safety procedures, make recommendations for changes and help ensure a safe workplace. When workers have a voice in the workplace and input about how training is developed, training programs are more accurately focused on specific workplace hazards.

Training and education are elements of a strong injury and illness prevention program that can help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers get hurt.

Injury and illness prevention programs are systems that can substantially reduce
the number and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses while reducing costs to employers. Thousands of employers across the United States already manage safety using injury and illness prevention programs, and OSHA believes that all employers can and should do the same. Thirty-four states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs.

Most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set
of key elements. These include management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.

ECOthink can assist with a wide range of OSHA training including site specific and process specific training. Some topics include:

  • Hazard communication
  • Emergency action plan
  • Confined space
  • Respiratory protection
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Noise exposure

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