Assessing and Planning Safety Training

Although some OSHA regulations are specific about training requirements, others are not. Both the law and sound business practice compel you to look beyond specific safety and health regulations to identify employee training needs.

The need for training is often implied in OSHA regulations rather than specified.

For example, the general housekeeping standard (29 CFR 1910.22) says that "all places of employment" must be kept "clean and neat." The standard goes on to describe what that means. But nowhere does it specifically require you to train employees in the standard.

However, it would be hard to meet OSHA’s housekeeping requirements without (a) advising employees of the existence of the standard and (b) training them in how to comply with it.

While some OSHA standards are very specific about training requirements (for example, lockout/tagout and confined spaces) broad requirements like hazard communication, PPE assessment, and certainly the General Duty Clause put much of the responsibility on you to assess training needs and plan for effective training sessions.

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Needs Assessment Checklist

The Safety Audit Checklists training needs assessment checklist leads you through a series of essential questions that will help you identify training needs. For example:

  • Is training required by state or federal regulations?

  • Is training required by job hazard analyses?
  • Is the need for training indicated by accident reports, OSHA 300 log, or near misses?
  • Have you observed unsafe actions committed by employees?
  • Do you have new employees or temporary workers in need of training?
  • Have you introduced any new equipment, substances, or procedures into you workplace recently?
  • How does your safety training program compare to industry training standards?

Planning Checklist

The training planning checklist highlights key issues such as:

  • Designation of a training coordinator and trainers

  • Training objectives, methods, content, and schedules
  • Identification of trainees
  • Training evaluation

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Ready-Made Checklists

This is only a sampling of the materials Safety Audit Checklists provides in its section on "Assessing and Planning Safety Training." In addition to the needs assessment and planning checklists, you also get a sample safety training planning grid and a sample safety training planning calendar. These materials can help you assess and plan training and can also be circulated to supervisors to help them meet training needs.

All told, this best-selling program provides you with more than 300 separate safety checklists keyed to three main criteria:

  • OSHA compliance checklists, built right from the government standards in such key areas as HazCom, lockout/tagout, electrical safety, and many more.

  • “Plaintiff attorney” checklists, built around those non-OSHA issues that often attract lawsuits.
  • Safety management checklists that monitor the administrative procedures you need to have for topics such as OSHA 300 Log maintenance, training program scheduling and recording, and OSHA-required employee notifications.

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