OSHA penalties are at an all-time high considering the new adjustment for inflation issued on January 2, 2018. The penalty increase applies to Federal OSHA states, although, OSHA expects that states operating their own occupational safety and health program will align their penalty structures so that their state programs are equally effective. The good news is that there are ways to avoid costly OSHA citations, and employee training ranks as one of the top five ways to help avoid penalties.
Train Employees to Protect Them from Safety Hazards
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees are trained for the tasks they’re required to perform. The proper OSHA employee training program will ensure that your employees can recognize safety hazards and correct them, avoid incidents and near-misses to prevent injuries, and have a better overall understanding of safety best practices.
OSHA Employee Training Requirements
There’s a new twist in what OSHA compliance officers are looking for when they audit employee training. Not only are employers required to provide accurate records that employee safety and health training was conducted, employers also need to provide proof that their employee training was conducted in a format that their employees could understand. Therefore, if your employees speak or read in a language other than English, then the training you provide must be in the language that your employees can comprehend. Employers must strive to remove any barriers to employee understanding of their training and training materials.
OSHA Employee Training Options
Fear not, conducting OSHA employee training can be far easier then you imagine. Learning management technology, or an LMS is ideal for hosting, tracking, and managing your OSHA employee training initiatives. OSHA course materials are easy to upload and employees can take their training conveniently online. Once employees have completed their training, you have an accurate record of which employees have taken their training, when, and, if you include comprehension testing, you’ll have a record of employee test scores. The test scores provide further evidence that your employees understood the training materials you’ve provided. Need course materials in languages other than English? There are many vendors to choose from that offer a wide variety of courses in multiple languages, or alternatively, you can find a vendor to customize your existing training to meet your language needs.
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Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.
About the Author: Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry. An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations, and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.” When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband, Steve, and her Siamese cat, Elvis, and with family and friends.