Keeping track of training is an essential task for environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers, but it can be time-consuming and difficult to keep up with. Enter learning management systems (LMSs), electronic databases specifically designed for tracking employee training and continuing education. But if you’ve ever chosen or had to work with a poorly designed, poorly supported electronic management and tracking system of any kind, you’ll know that it’s not as simple as “computerizing everything.” You need to choose a system that works smoothly and suits your needs.
Training is the number one element in accident, incident, and illness avoidance. Check the articles here frequently for the latest and best tips on techniques, trends, programs and equipment. We offer explanations for group, one-one, or self-directed situations, in both general and specific work activities. Your training will be both easier and more effective if you do.
So your forklift operator forgot his training and rolled off a loading dock. Or maybe your roofing crew members got careless and didn’t wear their fall protection. Or perhaps your supervisor was in a hurry and didn’t check the air in the tank before sending workers in. Whatever happened, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now wants to know: Did you provide these workers with the required training? When? And what did the training cover?
OSHA recently announced the availability of a total of $4.6 million in funds in the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The grants will fund the creation of in-person, hands-on training and educational programs and the development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers. The program is intended to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards.
It’s time to take action as you plan a stand-down to boost awareness and prevent injuries and fatalities. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. Air Force, the National Safety Council, and other partners are joining OSHA in an effort to reach five million workers through the 2016 Safety Stand-Down May 2-6. While the focus is primarily on falls in construction, employers in any industry are encouraged to participate.
In an effort to cut the cost of complying with EPA’s lead-based paint (LBP) program, the Agency has issued a final rule simplifying refresher training under the lead renovation, repair, and paining (RRP) rule and removed the jurisdiction-specific certification and accreditation requirement under the LBP activities rule in states where the Agency implements that rule. Currently, the EPA implements the LBP activities rule in 11 states.