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How do I get Occupational Health and Safety Training?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 22 September 2018
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There are a number of ways to get occupational health and safety training. This training is very useful, providing valuable information on a safe working environment, how to avoid injury at work, and information on the safety standards guaranteed by law. This type of training is mandatory in the manufacturing, food services, construction, and a wide range of other industries.

There are two types of classes for occupational health and safety training: refresher and basic. A basic course is required within the first seven to ten days of employment in a wide range of industries. Refresher classes are required every year as mandated by state workplace safety laws. The purpose of these courses is to improve workplace safety and reduce the incidences of injury and death.

One of the best ways to get occupational health and safety training is to attend a class. Such classes are routinely offered by the employer, as this is required by law. If these times are not convenient for you, the courses are also available from a wide range of community centers. People who can't find an occupational health and safety training program can check with their local government employment standards office.

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If a workplace requires occupational health and safety certification, it may also offer access to printed certification and recertification materials. Many locations provide new employees with a printed manual of occupational health and safety training material. Take the time to read this information. Review the chapter headers to make sure you are familiar with the sections that pertain directly to your current industry.

People can also access occupational health and safety training online, through a series of videos which cover the basics. Some people prefer to attend a class so they can ask questions, while others may find online classes sufficient for learning about how to work safely.

Large organizations may be required to appoint a safety lead or floor safety captain. This role is voluntary and often incorporated into a supervisor's responsibility. Training for this role is provided by the same occupational health and safety agencies, and coordinated by the employer. This position has extra responsibilities, including regular checks of fire exits, communication officer for fire drills, and ensuring that safety regulations are followed.

People who benefit the most from this type of training are usually between the ages of 16 and 28. This age group has the highest rate of workplace injuries and deaths. Basic training is designed to ensure that everyone knows what a safe working environment is and are actively involved in making sure their job is safe.

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