OSHA Training Regulations

Reasons to Train Employees: It's the Law!

Excerpt: Public Law 91-596, 91st Congress, S. 2193, December 29, 1970.

An Act:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the 'Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970'.

Sec. (2) The Congress finds that personal injuries and illnesses arising out of work situations impose a substantial burden upon, and are a hindrance to, interstate commerce in terms of lost production, wage loss, medical expenses, and disability compensation payments.

Sec (5). Each Employer -

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment   which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this act.

(b) Each employer shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.

The employer shall see that workers are properly instructed and supervised in the safe operation of any machinery, tools, equipment, process, or practice which they are authorized to use or apply. This rule shall not be construed to require a supervisor on every part of an operation nor prohibit workers from working alone.

What safety training does OSHA require (as a minimum)?

The following situations include at least annual and other training requirements:

· Access to employee exposure and medical records-29CFR 1910.1020(g)(1). Annual training

· Bloodborne Pathogens-29 CFR.1030(e)(2)(ii)(M); and (g)(2)(ii)(C). Annual training

· Confined Spaces (Permit-required)-29 CFR 1910.146 - Requires retraining as necessary and a written training certification. Cancelled entry permits are required to be retained for 1 year.

· HAZWOPER-20 CFR 1910.120(e)(8); (p)(7)(i) & (ii); (p)(8)(ii)(C); (q)(5); (q)(8)(i); Appendix C.2 (Training); and 29 CFR 1926.65 (same sections). Annual training

· Hazard Communication-29 CFR 1910.1200 - Requires training as new hazards are introduced.

· Fire Brigades-29 CFR 1910.156(c)(2); and Appendix A, paragraph 5.

· Fire Extinguishers-29 CFR 1910.157(g)(2) & (4). Annual training

· Fixed Extinguishing Systems-29 CFR 1910.160(b)(10). Annual training

· Grain Handling Facilities-29 CFR 1910.272(e)(1).

· Lockout/tagout-29 CFR 1910.147 - Requires retraining as necessary and a written training certification.

· Mechanical Power Presses-29 CFR 1910.217(h)(13)(i). Annual training

· Occupational Noise-29 CFR 1910.95(k)(2). Annual training

· Powered Industrial Trucks -29 CFR 1910.178 - Requires an operator evaluation at least once every three years and a written training and evaluation certification.

· Process Safety Management-29 CFR 1910.119 -Requires training at least every 3 years and a written training record.

· Respiratory Protection-29 CFR 1910.134(k)(5). Annual training

· Tuberculosis Training- Require retraining at least annually

You should independently verify the accuracy of the above and find out what other training is required.  There may be State/Province/Local training requirements!

How long should I retain records of employee training?

There are no one standard length of time to keep training records for all OSHA regulations. Training record retention varies from regulation to regulation.  We recommend keeping all training records during the worker's full period of employment, plus 5 years.

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