OSHA Outreach Training has grown rapidly in recent years

[tweetmeme]Recent State laws enacted in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Missouri and New York  require 10-hour construction training for workers on various sized publicly funded construction projects and Nevada will required the 10-hour construction training for workers on ALL construction projects beginning January 1, 2010.   The inclusion of the outreach training  as a requirement for occupational safety and health training within these states has resulted in the requirement to have the training as a condition of employment for many workers.  

From fiscal year (FY) 2004 through FY2008, 2.3 million workers have received outreach training; the number of workers trained more than doubled, according to OSHA.   In 2008, OSHA distributed nearly 680,000 student cards to trainers who held over 43,000 classes – an average of almost 850 classes per week.   The number of students completing 30-hour construction training tripled from 2005 to 2008; however, 10-hour classes still comprise over 80% of the overall program.   Construction outreach training comprises 80% of outreach training.   According to OSHA, on any day, approximately 2,700 workers attend OSHA outreach training. 

This growth is a result of not only the inclusion in state regulations but also industry-wide acceptance.   Many employers use the Outreach Training Program to provide training for their employees.   Groups who have integrated the program into their overall safety and health training plans include the building trades, general contractors, employer associations, insurance companies, and manufacturing firms.


 Training experts and students agree that their is a huge difference between a first-rate safety training session and a “ho hum,” going-through-the-motions presentation.  A successful first-rate safety training session begins well before the class session.  It’s called preparation.  Good instructors prepare class room materials, exercises, interactive multi-media presentations with a clearly defined goal in mind.   The objective of all OSHA Outreach training is to provide workers with information on recognizing and preventing hazards in the workplace.
 Outreach classes must emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards. Therefore trainers should tailor their presentations to the needs and understanding of their audience.   OSHA also  recommends this training as an orientation to occupational safety and health.   Workers must receive additional training on hazards specific to their job. 


According to OSHA 5,071 workers died on the job in 2008.  But no matter what the workplace hazards, all occupations can be a safer when workers are aware of the hazards, and use an effective Safety and Health Programs.




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