Concerning OSHA training requirements the following is a list that was developed from the review of many of the standards, not just the Lab Safety requirements.
1. New; New Employee, New employee to the job, or when there is a new hazard or new job.
2. Change: When a change in procedures, equipment, materials, or change in the hazard.
3. Required by the Standard: For example; if the employee is expected to use a fire extinguisher as a part of their job then they would be required to receive training annually. 1910.157 (g) (2)
4. When there is an incident. (Near Miss, Property Damage, Injury, Fatality)
5. When an "audit" indicates that there is an deficiency in performance.
Hope that this is helpful.
We require training:
· Upon hire
· When hazards change
Refresher training looks similar but not exact. There are written policies and online training but there is also instructor-led training. Getting the information out using multiple communication methods seems to be helpful as some people absorb information better from each of the different communication methods.
In our lab, I train everyone on all hazards instead of just on the hazards for their specific job. I have received useful feedback from doing this. Some of the feedback changed the safety training and some changed safety policies and workplace practices.
As silly as it might seem, we also use quizzes, crossword puzzles, and word searches to reinforce training themes. People actually like them and we choose one correct entry to receive a small, safety-related prize. Smoke detectors and first aid kits are really popular as are carbon monoxide detectors, roadside hazard kits, kitchen fire extinguishers, etc.
Materials Characterization Lab
GE Home Business Solutions
21800 Tungsten Road
Euclid, OH 44117 United States
MCL partners in progress
A quick poll of any who care to answer: how often do you require training for personnel in areas that fall under OSHA’s Laboratory Standard? Do you follow what the regulation says (upon hire, when hazards change, etc.), do you train everyone annually, or do you do something else? If you require refresher training, does it look different than the initial training?
Thanks in advance,
Dr. Karalyn (Karen) Humphrey
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental, Health & Safety
Office: BSB E.111
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions, can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
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