Worker Training

Many standards promulgated by OSHA specifically require the employer to train employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs. Other OSHA standards make it the employer's responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are "certified," "competent," or "qualified"—meaning that employees have had special previous training, in or out of the workplace. OSHA regulations imply that an employer has assured that a worker has been trained prior to being designated as the individual to perform a certain task.

In order to make a complete determination of the OSHA requirement for training, one would have to go directly to the regulation that applies to the specific type of activity. The regulation may mandate hazard training, task training, and length of the training, as well as specifics to be covered by the training.

It is always a good idea for the employer, as well as the worker, to keep records of training. These records may be used by a compliance inspector during an inspection, after an accident resulting in injury or illness, as proof of good intentions by the employer or compliance with training requirements for workers, including new workers and those assigned new tasks.

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