How to Determine What OSHA Training is Needed

If you have been researching to determine what OSHA training is required, you might have come to the conclusion that there isn’t really a straightforward answer available. Our goal in this article to provide guidance (not legal advice) and help steer you in the right direction.

OSHA's Safety Training Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide safety and health training based off of the hazards employees may encounter on the job.

Yes, all employees should be trained on applicable safety topics.  It is the employer’s responsibility to create a workplace free from recognized hazards, and training is one of the key factors to eliminating these hazards.

Different Safety Hazards Means Different Safety Training

Safety and health training requirements are not one size fits all. The hazards that employees will come across in the construction field will differ from those working in a manufacturing plant. Safety training requirements can even vary within a company. For example, in a manufacturing plant, the office employees should receive different safety training from the team members working directly on the plant floor. Here is a list of OSHA training topics that will apply to almost all businesses:

  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Hazard Communication
  • Emergency Action Planning & Fire Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Ergonomics & Safe Lifting
  • Driving Safety
  • View More Topics Here

Make Safety Training an Ongoing Priority

OSHA has recommendations for when safety and health training is needed and how often it should be conducted. We developed a free download that you can access at the bottom of this article that goes over common training topics and the recommended frequency. Aside from OSHA’s training requirements, part of Lancaster Safety’s goal is to help employees buy-in to safety. We want employees to believe and understand the importance of safety which will result in a healthy safety culture, boost morale, reduce accidents and give employers a healthier bottom line.

How to Choose Safety & Health Training

There are several resources available to help your company choose the right safety and health training topics. First, you can go to the source of safety and health laws by browsing OSHA.gov or by calling your local OSHA area office. Another option is to call us at 888-403-6026 and we will walk you through a step-by-step phone evaluation to hand pick the topics that may apply to your business – no fee, no obligation. We will do our best to help answer any of the following questions during this call:

  • Do all employees need to attend safety and health training?
  • Which topics are required by OSHA?
  • How do you train employees over multiple shifts and locations?
  • Once an employee is trained, do they need to be retrained?
  • How often does safety training need to be conducted?
  • Does OSHA accept different training formats like online, hands-on, or classroom?
  • Are there benefits to conducting training on topics that aren’t required?

What Safety Training is Required by OSHA?

Fill out this form to find out what common training topics are required and at what frequency.

Please use this chart as a guide and not as legal advice. Contact a Lancaster Safety Representative for assistance at 888-403-6026.