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Safety and Health Training

Safety and Health Training is one of the four elements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). All employees (including contractors) must understand the hazards to which they may be exposed and how to prevent harm to themselves and others from such exposure. Training for safety and health helps employees understand and follow established procedures.

Please see the following SMCX-developed presentation for more information on Safety & Health Training:

Training for safety and health must ensure that:

  • Managers and supervisors understand their safety and health leadership responsibilities
  • Managers, supervisors, and non-supervisory employees (including contractors):
    • Are aware of existing hazards
    • Can identify hazardous conditions
    • Can identify signs and symptoms of workplace related illness
    • Understand safe work practices
    • Understand emergency procedures and their responsibilities for each type of emergency
    • Understand personal protective equipment(PPE):
      • Requirements
      • Limitations
      • Maintenance
      • Use
  • A method for assessing employee comprehension and training effectiveness is available
  • All training that individual employees receive should be documented
  • Frequency of training must meet OSHA standards
  • Non-OSHA required training must be provided at sufficient intervals