OSHA Training Requirements

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Many OSHA standards require that employees receive training and information that will allow work to be performed in a safe and healthful manner that complies with OSHA requirements.

There are more than 40 OSHA safety training rules that specify training for employees before they perform a regulated activity, and an additional 16 safety training requirements for workers who handle or work around certain hazardous substances. For example, an employee must receive adequate forklift operator safety training before he or she is allowed to perform any work with a forklift. There are overlapping requirements for general industry, construction, and maritime.

See the OSHA training requirements for general industry here:

See the OSHA training requirements for construction here:

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OSHA's Position on Online Safety Training


OSHA believes that computer-based training programs can be used as part of an effective safety and health training program to satisfy OSHA training requirements. OSHA's position on online safety training is found in letters of interpretation of HAZWOPER rules, they are useful for understanding OSHA's general position on online safety training and serve as a guide when reviewing commercial products. From these letters, it is clear that OSHA has accepted online learning as another option for safety training. Some of the key points from the OSHA interpretations letters are summarized below.

  • The employer, not the training provider, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that employees receive the proper training to perform their duties.
  • Employers can use the computer-based training programs to help meet the minimum requirements for the course content material of a training course.
  • Trainees must have the opportunity to ask questions in order for training to be effective-a telephone hotline or e-mail satisfies OSHA's requirement for trainer access if the employee can ask and receive a response from a qualified trainer.
  • Employers that use computer-based training must still meet the minimum duration and type of hands-on or supervised training specified in OSHA requirements.

Read OSHA interpretation letters about online safety training here.

OSHA's Online Safety Training Guidelines


OSHA has accepted online safety training programs as a part of their voluntary Outreach Training Program. The OSHA guidelines for inclusion in the program, while not regulations, include a variety of features that are important in developing online training, many of which are a part of Staffingsafety.com's Online Safety Training. The online safety training guidelines include:

  • Testing and reporting test scores for each topic and a final test.
  • Removal of anyone scoring less than 70% after three tries on any program topic.
  • Mandatory page views of each content page.
  • Easy trainer availability built into the system.
  • Printable online materials for each topic.
  • The course must be interactive.
  • Tracking studentsí time in the course.
  • Providing required reports and evaluations.

Staffingsafety.com surpass OSHA's Guidelines. Our courses can integrate with your company's Learning Management System (LMS). Our courses can be produced in a Shareable Content Object Reusable Model (SCORM) format, meeting the standard for online education.

OSHA's Multi-Employer Work Site Policy: Who's on First?


A multi-employer work site is defined as a workplace where more than one employer is working, primarily under a host employer/contractor relationship. On multi-employer work sites (in all industry sectors), more than one employer may be citable for a hazardous condition that violates an OSHA standard.

OSHA places requirements on employers to provide proper safety training, a safe work site, and safe equipment to their employees. As an employer, PEOs are responsible for employee safety as much as the site employer is.

The Multi-Employer Policy identifies the types of employers present on a site; determines the scope of safety duties and responsibilities for each employer type; and defines the reasonable care they are responsible for providing to ensure the safety of their employees.

The policy categorizes employers into four primary groups--Controlling, Creating, Exposing, and Correcting--and outlines the safety responsibilities of these employer types.

  • The Creating Employer: The employer that caused a hazardous condition that violates an OSHA standard.
  • The Exposing Employer: An employer whose own employees are exposed to the hazard.
  • The Correcting Employer: An employer on the same work site as the exposing employer and is responsible for correcting a hazard. Usually is an employer who is given the responsibility of installing and maintaining particular safety equipment.
  • The Controlling Employer: An employer who has general supervisory authority over the work site, including the power to correct safety and health violations itself or require others to correct them.

Read OSHA's multi-employer citation policy here:

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Definition of an Employer


A legal entity that controls and directs a servant or worker under an express or implied contract of employment and pays (or is obligated to pay) him or her salary or wages in compensation. Simple, right? It is not so simple.

There are many legal definitions of an employer and employee: English Common law, IRS 20 Point Test, DOL's definition (under ERISA), and states have added their own. Beyond the issues of of the employer/employee relationship there are the issues of co-employment, independent contractors, interns, and volunteers. Staffingsafety.com can help you determine if you are responsible for the safety training of potentially "unforeseen employees."

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Dealing with OSHA

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