Introduction to OSHA (Update Available)

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This two-hour introductory course outlines the history and mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and why it is important to workers. It provides learners with a basic understanding of employee rights and employer responsibilities under OSHA and how to read OSHA standards. It also explains the OSHA inspection process and introduces learners to a variety of safety and health resources that they may find useful or necessary on the job. This course was developed with subject matter provided by Jenny Fuller of Winn Forensics, LLC, a professional services company focusing on corporate, business and personal safety training as well as consulting on occupational injury matters.

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Employees working in various fields covered by OSHA regulations, including but not limited to manufacturing, construction, longshoring, agriculture, law, medicine, charity, and disaster relief


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Introduction to OSHA (Update Available)

  • describe OSHA's mission
  • recognize the types of workers who are covered by OSHA
  • identify the basic rights of employees under OSHA
  • identify the required components of a written program on hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  • identify the purpose of a Safety Data Sheet
  • recognize the content of an OSHA 300 Log recording illness and injury in the workplace
  • recognize the extent of an employee's right to view medical records and information on hazard exposure in the workplace
  • recognize when employees have the right to refuse to work under OSHA regulations
  • recognize how OSHA protects your right to request a hazard correction in the workplace
  • file a complaint with OSHA
  • recognize your rights related to your ability to participate in an OSHA inspection at the workplace
  • identify the extent of your right to receive health and safety training
  • identify OSHA's general requirements for employers
  • recognize your employer's obligations to workplace safety under OSHA's General Duty Clause
  • identify kinds of PPE that your employer must provide and pay for under OSHA regulations
  • identify which OSHA recordkeeping files you can access on request from your employer
  • recognize your employers' recordkeeping obligations under OSHA regulations
  • identify the steps an employer must take when issued an OSHA citation
  • find referenced standards in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • sequence OSHA workplace safety inspections in order of priority
  • identify what happens at each stage of the OSHA inspection process
  • identify the components of an OSHA citation
  • find resources that will provide you with the information you need concerning health and safety issues in the workplace
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