Workplace Health and Safety Training
Training Is the Right Thing to Do – Workplace Health and Safety
Training is a critical factor for workplace health and safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 ask employers to be responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Training programs are a critical aspect of ensuring safe and healthful workplaces based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations standards. Effective training programs for workplace health and safety should include safe work practices, learning strategies in safety meetings, and compliance with rules and regulations, as well as, empowering employee with workers’ rights.
As a minimum, the employer shall establish a training program for safe work practices, designed to provide job specific education and information to emphasize safe working procedures and safe use of the equipment specific to the workplace.
Workers must know how to protect themselves from all known workplace hazards. Safety hazards presented by the job will be covered thoroughly with work site hazards and especially worst-case scenarios. Both should be outlined in the classroom and explained visually in the field. The employer should have a plan in place detailing the right way to manage a risk or any new hazards which may result from changes in workplace practices, procedures, or tasks.
Company safety rules plan policies shall include:
- – The name of the qualified person responsible for training,
- – Refresher courses scheduled to insure required skills,
- – A frequency of exposure strategy depending on equipment and techniques,
- – Annual training programs,
- – Safety meetings,
- – Exposure to hazardous chemicals training,
- – And safety meetings.
Learning at Safety Meetings
Safety meetings and safety talks are maintained for continuous learning and professional development for employees. Safety meeting training programs should be ongoing on a routine schedule to insure required skills are kept up to date.
Safety meeting topics might include:
- – Key OSHA-required safety topics,
- – Any accidents incurred by associates,
- – Any unsafe practices observed,
- – Reaffirming the importance for safe work practices,
- – Briefing employees about equipment operation or other new hazard issues.
Safety meetings should be designed to ensure proficiency in topics covered and to measure employee learning, including work and rescue procedures and proper use of equipment. Routine assessments document training programs. Topics should be repeated for reinforcement or to fulfill requirements for refresher training. Meetings longer than 20 minutes can be delivered in a combination of presentation instruction, slide show or video to keep participant interest.
OSHA is dedicated to establishing and maintaining safety and health systems. OSHA standards explicitly require employers to provide safety and health training to employees.
While OSHA’s Workplace Health and Safety training guidelines are not mandatory. In the event of a Review Commission case involving training violations, employee training program requirements contained in OSHA standards are always considered. However, employers should not use OSHA guidelines as a total or complete guide in employee training and education.
OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to:
- – Establish written operating procedures maintaining necessary health and safety requirements,
- – Select qualified personnel with special previous training for certain “designated” job assignments,
- – Ensure youth or inexperienced worker training to help reduce a higher rate of accidents and injuries,
- – Provide workplace health and safety training to employees at a certain vocabulary level or in language other than English,
- – Make available Injury and Illness Prevention Program and Safety Data Sheets binders to employees for all hazardous chemicals in their workplace,
- – Maintain citation and work-related injuries and illnesses records,
- – Post employees’ rights and responsibilities.
Responsible employers understand that the workplace is a community. Workers’ Rights advocates remind employers to consider the human cost at stake without effective training for workplace health and safety. OSHA is committed to ensuring “workers return to their families in the same condition they began their day.” OSHA Workers’ Rights standards help to ensure a safe workplace.
Federal OSHA provides these rights:
- – Ask OSHA to inspect their workplace,
- – Use their rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination,
- – Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace,
- – Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace,
- – Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses,
- – Get copies of their own medical records.
Learn more at Fed OSHA – https://www.osha.gov/workers.html
California workers have more specific rights under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act including being involved in any meeting or hearing related to Cal/OSHA standards or serious workplace hazards, filing an appeal of deadlines for correction of hazards as well as participate in developing new standards by joining a Cal/OSHA standards development committee.
Learn more at Cal OSHA – http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/WorkersRights.htm
Training Is the Right Thing to Do
Training programs begin with job site safety reviews and can result in cost savings throughout the company. Proactive management teams identify possible unsafe situations and develop and implement training programs to remedy safety hazards immediately. The training programs incorporate educational theories, principals and practice and shall focus on the performance of the trained employee. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) has led to reduce workplace deaths and occupational injuries by more than 60 percent. Prevention practices like workplace health and safety programs help to keep these numbers down. Workplace training programs are a priority interest to businesses that desire to provide a safe and healthy work environment.
About CSG Employee Training Programs:
CSG takes enormous pride in our dedication to both employee and facility safety. We believe strongly in protecting the safety of employees, co-workers, customers, our customers’ clients and their surrounding community. As part of that mission, we take pride in our role, by helping our customers improve their performance by simply supplying the best in world-class facility services.
At Contract Services Group we value your name and business as if it were our own. We simply cannot overlook safety issues; therefore we have industry-leading initiatives in place that empower our employees to bring any matter up for attention and correction if necessary. This program has proven instrumental in encouraging employees to set the bar higher and to never overlook the smallest detail.
CSG conducts its business in a manner that always reflects the highest ethical standards. We strive to not only be fair and honest in all of our dealings but also to set a standard that sets us apart. The safety of our employees is of priority interest to Contract Services Group, Inc. It is our desire to provide a safe and healthy work environment.
About Contract Services Group, Inc.:
Contract Services Group, Inc. is an industry leading facilities services contractor with 40 years’ experience providing commercial janitorial, window cleaning and temporary labor services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. From servicing our clients premiere facilities to treating our employees with dignity, we believe that quality and commitment to excellence exemplifies our business. http://csgcares.com, http://jobs.csgcares.com, http://csgcares.jobs/