What is OSHA Safety Training?
Are you applying for a job that requires OSHA safety training? You may have heard the acronym OSHA before and simply know that it’s safety training required for certain jobs.
OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is part of the United States Department of Labor. It was founded by the U.S. Congress in 1970 to “ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
Requirements for safety are somewhat standard across all 50 states and territories, but several states and industries require specific safety training.
Why do I need to take an OSHA Safety Training Course?
Depending on your job, your employment industry, or what your employer requires, you may need to complete an OSHA safety training course. These valuable training courses can help ensure you and your coworkers remain safe and provide helpful information on what do in the event of unsafe conditions.
Which OSHA course do I need to take?
Every job industry has specific safety training requirements that prepare employees to recognize, avoid, or prevent safety and health hazards while at their place of work. Depending on your level of employment (line worker vs. manager) more detailed or specific training may be required.
Are you an entry-level construction worker? You’ll most likely need to complete an OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training. Examples of construction jobs include carpenters, electricians, laborers, masons, plumbers, sheet metal workers, tile workers, and welders.??
Are you a construction site manager or foreman?
If you have job duties that require you to oversee, manage a jobsite, supervise employees, or facilitate safety training to employees on what they need to know in order to maintain a safe work environment you’ll need to complete an OSHA 30-Hour Construction Training.
Do you work in the “general industry”? If you work in the general industry, you’ll need to complete OSHA 10-Hour General. Examples include employees in healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, cosmetology, automotive, warehousing, and distribution.??
Do you work with hazardous chemicals? Clean up hazardous waste? Work at a waste site operation? Work at a treatment, storage, or disposal facility? Do you work in emergency response? You’ll need to complete HAZWOPER training.