Training

Annual Training Calendar

As a safety supervisor, your New Year’s resolutions may have included improving safety training in your workplace. Now that January’s almost over, how’s that resolution holding up? One way to fulfill that resolution is to develop an annual training calendar to keep you on track and ensure that you cover all necessary topics. That includes training on new equipment and processes—as well as OSHA-required refresher training and evergreen safety topics that are always relevant.

Adapt this Training Table to help you plan your annual training calendar. We’ve prefilled the table with annual safety and health observances along with suggestions for related safety topics. Use the last column to fill in any required training that you must do in your workplace.

MONTH

OBSERVANCE

SAFETY TOPICS

Required Training

January

National Radon Action Month

  • Radon Safety
  • Hazard Communication
  •  

National Eye Care Month

  • Eye Protection
  •  

Healthy Weight Week

  • Wellness
  • New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight
  •  

February

National Burn Awareness Week

  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Safety
  • Flammables and Combustibles
  •  

American Heart Month

  • Wellness
  • Cardiovascular Exercise
  •  

National Cancer Prevention Month

  • Carcinogens in the Workplace
  •  

March

Workplace Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

  • Eye Protection
  •  

National Poison Prevention Week

  • First Aid for Poison
  •  

April

Alcohol Awareness Month

  • Alcohol-Free Workplace
  •  

National Facial Protection Month

  • Face Protection
  •  

Sexual Assault Awareness and Protection Month

  • Sexual Harassment
  •  

Stress Awareness Month

  • Wellness/Stress Management
  •  

Foot Health Awareness Month

  • Foot Protection
  •  

May

Clean Air Month

  • Respirators
  •  

Better Hearing and Speech Month

  • Hearing Protection
  •  

Hepatitis Awareness Month

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  •  

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

  • Working Outdoors Safely
  •  

National Employee Health and Fitness Day

  • Wellness Fitness
  •  

June

National Safety Month

  •  

Home Safety Month

  • Off-the-Job Safety
  •  

Cancer in the Sun Month

  • Skin Protection
  •  

July

UV Safety Month

  • Skin Protection
  • UV Safety
  •  

August

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

  • Off-the-Job Eye Protection
  •  

September

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

  • Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace
  •  

Get Ready Day September 19 and National Preparedness Month

  • Disaster Preparedness
  •  

Healthy Aging Month

  • Aging Workforce
  •  

October

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Reproductive Hazards on the Job
  •  

Healthy Lung Month, Respiratory Week, and Lung Health Week

  • Respiratory Protection
  •  

Drive Safely Workweek

  • Driving Safety
  •  

National Fire Prevention Week

  • Fire Prevention
  •  

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

  • ADA and Safety
  •  

November

American Diabetes Month

  • Wellness Diabetes
  •  

National Healthy Skin Month

  • Skin Protection in Winter
  •  

Great American Smokeout

  • Wellness Stop Smoking
  •  

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  • Asbestos Safety
  •  

December

World AIDS Day

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  •  

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

  • Home/Off-the-Job Safety
  •  

National Handwashing Awareness Week

  • Wellness/Flu and Colds
  •  

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month

  • Home/Off-the-Job Safety
  • Wellness Stress Management
  •  

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Of course, your training calendar needs to be flexible so that you can incorporate training on new equipment or processes that occur throughout the year.

Why It Matters

  • Safe workplaces save employers millions of dollars in lost work time, insurance costs, workers’ compensation, and other expenses.
  • Safe workplaces rely on effective and consistent safety training and application of safety precautions in order to stay safe.
  • Effective safety training relies on purposeful planning and execution of your safety message.

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