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3 Rewarding Safety Training Methods

3 Rewarding Training Methods

All employers are well-aware that their employees must receive the appropriate safety training in line with their job roles and responsibilities. While organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) mandate a range of safety training across industries and occupations, these training requirements can differ from industry to industry and based on the risk levels to employees’ safety and health. Employees in construction, mining, hazardous waste, emergency response, hospitals, or factory operations are at greater risk as their exposure to hazards is higher than office-based occupations. Therefore, employers in such industries have a higher stake in ensuring employees are safeguarded than their counterparts in industries prone to lesser physical and health hazards such as banking, financial services, or even the stock exchange!

Another set of individuals for whom safety training is of the utmost import is those involved in hazardous materials, chemicals, or hazardous waste transportation. These—full-time, part-time, or contract—employees of private carriers and shippers transporting hazardous cargo in commerce should receive training on reading hazard labels, placards, and hazard markings while being aware of the security requirements when transporting hazmat. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has put in place the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to guide on prevailing hazards of transporting hazardous substances and materials, together with guidance on training requirements.

Ensure Your Employees Receive Relevant On-Time Safety Training as per OSHA, EPA, RCRA, NFPA, and DOT Hazmat Regulations

This brings us to an important question, “how should employees be trained?” The answer can vary depending on the type of work being carried out, the type of industry the organization falls within, and the hazard exposure levels of employees. Furthermore, don’t forget that a lot depends on what governing bodies like the OSHA, EPA, and DOT state in their regulations related to safety training.

Examples of Training Requirements as per Regulations

To put into context the numerous types of training required, the below table outlines the training requirements as per OSHA, DOT, or EPA regulations.

Course Name

Online, Virtual ITL, or Group On-Site Training*

Field Experience*

OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Online Training – 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)
  • A minimum of 40 hours of off-the-site instruction.
  • A minimum of 3 days of actual field experience.
OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Online Training – 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)
  • A minimum of 24 hours of off-the-site instruction.
  • A minimum of 1 day of actual field experience.
24-Hour HAZWOPER – RCRA TSD Operations Training
  • The initial training shall be for 24 hours, and refresher training shall be for 8 hours annually.
OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Supervisor Online Training
  • 40 hours of initial training

OR

  • 24 of initial training

+

  • 8 hours of specialized training for the supervisor job role.
  • 3 days of supervised field experience

OR

  •  1 day of supervised field experience
Electrical Safety Training (NFPA 70E)

Classroom training

OR

On-the-job type training

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Training to ensure employees have adequate knowledge to carry out their work as per recommended practices outlined in the Standard.
  • Relevant practical workplace-specific information
DOT Hazmat Advance Awareness 10-Hour Training
  • General awareness/familiarization training and function-specific training
*The information regarding the training requirements is a synopsis to give readers a better understanding of the diverse needs of different regulatory standards. This information has been interpreted by the author, for a simpler discourse. The complete training requirements are set forth in the respective standards and can be retrieved from (1) https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910, (2) https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1926, or (3)  https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-49/subtitle-B.

As seen from the above table, to fulfill the regulatory safety training requirements, employers must use a combination of training methods. These safety training methods must educate the employees on the requirements of key topics as identified in the standard and provide practical hands-on or field experience in the areas of their job responsibilities.

To support employers in fulfilling their safety and health obligations to employees and make safety training painless, we have developed and made available at competitive prices a range of safety training courses covering the instruction-based learning aspects as per the safety training requirements of the different regulatory bodies. For a full list of our courses, look at our 2022 Course Catalog!

Examples of key topics for which employees must be trained
    • A general introduction to the relevant OSHA or DOT regulatory standard,
    • The health hazards on site or associated with exposure to a hazardous substance,
    • Use of personal protective equipment,
    • Medical surveillance requirements, and
    • Safe use of engineering controls.

We offer these courses in several formats for the convenience of our customers and to suit the diverse training needs of organizations depending on the number of people being trained and the number of safety training courses required.

Training Method 1

Training Method 2 & 3

Training Method 4

All our courses are available on our website on our very own dynamic learning management system (LMS) which allows the EHS or safety training manager or the supervisor to register for an account and enroll as many individuals as required for a variety of safety training courses. When employers prefer having an OSHA-approved instructor leading the training program, we provide instructor-led virtual training programs and conduct on-site group training programs.

 

We also have an option for organizations with their in-house learning management systems (LMSs). Read on to find out more.

online training at home on laptopOnline Safety Training

As a specialized online safety training service provider our courses meet the highest standards in regulatory training requirements. Our course development team is led by experienced OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers who ensure that all critical aspects of training are fulfilled. Our courses are regularly reviewed; and updated as soon as new requirements or regulations are issued by OSHA, EPA, DOT, and other regulatory agencies. We also understand the importance of using modern and technology-driven learning tools, as well as including a variety of engaging and interactive content to keep the learner involved and make online learning an interesting, easy, and enjoyable experience as possible.

Go to our Home Page, hover over the ‘Online Courses’ tab and enroll for the safety training course of your choice!

Instructor-led virtual training (ILT)Instructor-Led Virtual Safety Training

Our instructor-led training (ILT) is conducted visually using a two-way audio-video communication platform of your choice. Our instructors are highly experienced and bring to the class a variety of real-life examples that truly puts into context the need for safety training and annual refresher training to protect employees working in hazardous works sites.

For more information on ILT, click here!

Group on-site classroom-type trainingGroup On-Site Safety Training

The third form of training we offer is the traditional classroom training method with a twist. This simply means that we do not expect your employees to travel to a location of our choice but let you choose your preferred site! Whether employers want us to conduct in-person training in their organization’s training auditorium or at another location, we are ready and willing, provided adequate time is given to make the arrangements and we all adhere to the relevant CVOID-19 pandemic safety regulations.

So simply call or email us for more details!

BONUS! SCORM Packages for Corporate LMS

Here’s our fourth training option. We understand that many larger organizations have their in-house learning management systems (LMSs) and have become experts at providing e-learning, especially through the last two pandemic-infected, social distancing-required years. To facilitate organizational training and development goals and support the learning culture, we can provide you with SCORM packages of whichever HAZWOPER, OSHA construction or general industry, RCRA, DOT Hazmat, or NFPA 70E training course you require.

For more information on SCORM Packages, click here!

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