Regulatory Training Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan, as is the case in North Carolina.

In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

Check out the Training Requirements in OSHA Standards Guide.

Employee Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention Plans (OSHA 1910.38)

(a.5.i) Designate and train a sufficient number of persons to assist in emergency evacuation of employees.

(a.5.ii) Review the plan with covered employees:

(A) when the plan is developed;

(B) whenever the employee's responsibilities change; and

(C) whenever the plan is changed.

(a.5.iii) Review with employees upon initial assignment parts of the plan employees must know in the event of an emergency. The written plan must be kept at the workplace and made available to employees.

(b.4.i) Apprise employees of the fire hazards to which they are exposed.

Powered Platforms (OSHA 1910.66)

(i.1.i) Only persons proficient in operation of a particular platform can operate a working platform.

(i.1.ii.) Employees operating working platforms must be trained in recognizing and preventing safety hazards, and knowing emergency action plans, work procedures and how to take care of personal fall arrest systems.

(i.1.iii) A competent person must perform training.

(i.1.iv) Provide written work procedures for employee training.

(i.1.v) Certify employee training.

Occupational Noise Exposure (OSHA 1910.95)

(i.4) Provide training in the use and care of all hearing protectors.

(k.1) Institute a training program for all employees exposed to noise at or above an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 decibels (dB), and ensure that every employee participates.

(k.2) Repeat training program annually for employees included in the hearing conservation program. Update information in the program to keep it consistent.

(k.3) Ensure employees are informed of the following:

(i) effects of noise on hearing;

(ii) purpose of hearing protectors, the advantages, disadvantages and attenuation of various types, and instruction on selection, fitting, use and care; and

(iii) purpose of audiometric testing, and an explanation of the test procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (OSHA 1910.132)

(f.1) Train employees using PPE in the following:

(i) when and what PPE is necessary for the workplace;

(ii) how to put on, remove, adjust and wear the PPE; and

(iii) the limitations, proper care, maintenance, life expectancy and disposal of the PPE.

(f.2) Employees must demonstrate that they understood their training prior to performing work.

(f.3) Retrain employees when:

(i and ii) changes occur in the workplace or types of PPE; and

(iii) inadequacies exist in the employee's knowledge of PPE.

(f.4) Verify employee training with a certificate.

Respiratory Protection (OSHA 1910.134)

(k)(1)(i) Why the respirator is necessary and how improper fit, usage, or maintenance can compromise the protective effect of the respirator;

(k)(1)(ii) What the limitations and capabilities of the respirator are;

(k)(1)(iii) How to use the respirator effectively in emergency situations, including situations in which the respirator malfunctions;

(k)(1)(iv) How to inspect, put on and remove, use, and check the seals of the respirator;

(k)(1)(v) What the procedures are for maintenance and storage of the respirator;

(k)(1)(vi) How to recognize medical signs and symptoms that may limit or prevent the effective use of respirators; and

(k)(1)(vii) The general requirements of this section of the OSHA standards.

Accident Prevention Signs & Tags (OSHA 1910.145)

(c.1.ii) Employees must be instructed that danger signs indicate immediate danger.

(c.2.ii) Employees must be instructed that caution signs indicate a possible hazard.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces (OSHA 1910.146)

(g.1) Train employees on the knowledge and skills necessary for safe performance in this area.

(g.2) Training must be given to affected employees:

(i) before their first assigned duties;

(ii) before there is a change in assigned duties;

(iii) whenever a change in permit space operations causes a hazard that an employee has not previously been trained on; and

(iv) whenever the employer believes there are deviations from the procedures in (d.3) of this section.

(g.3) Training must establish employee proficiency and introduce new or revised procedures when necessary.

(g.4) Certify employee training.

The Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout (OSHA 1910.147)

(a.3.ii) When other standards in this part require lockout/tagout, they must be used and supplemented by procedural and training requirements.

(c.4.i) Develop procedures for control of hazardous energy.

(c.6.i.C) Periodic inspection of tagout used for energy control must include a review between the inspector and authorized employees.

(c.7.i) Training must include:

(A) recognizing and controlling applicable hazardous energy sources;

(B) purpose and use of energy control procedures; and

(C) instruction to employees not affected.

(c.7.ii) Employees must know the following about tags:

(A) they are warning devices without physical restraint;

(B) they must not remove tags without authorization;

(C) tags must be legible and understandable;

(D) tag's material must withstand environmental conditions;

(E) tags may evoke a false sense of security; and

(F) tags must be securely attached to energy isolating devices.

(c.7.iii) Retrain employees when:

(A) a change in job assignments, machines, equipment or processes occurs;

(B) periodic inspections reveal inadequacies; and

(C) there is a need to reestablish employee proficiency.

(c.7.iv) Certify employee training.

(c.8) Lockout/tagout must be performed only by authorized employees.

Medical Services & First Aid (OSHA 1910.151)

(b) When medical aid is not nearby, a person or persons must be trained to give first aid.

Portable Fire Extinguisher (OSHA 1910.157)

(g.1) Provide employees with portable fire extinguishers and an education program on their use.

(g.2) Education of (g.1) must be given upon initial employment and annually thereafter.

(g.3) Train employees in the use of the appropriate fire fighting equipment.

(g.4) Training in (g.3) must take place upon initial assignment and annually thereafter.

Powered Industrial Trucks (OSHA 1910.178)

(l) Devise methods to train operators in safe operation.

Oxygen-Fuel Gas Welding and Cutting (1910.253)

Oxygen-Fuel Gas Welding and Cutting (1910.253)
(a.4) Deem employees competent to do their work.

Arc Welding and Cutting (1910.254)
(a.3) Instruct and qualify workmen.

Resistance Welding (1910.255)
(a.3) Instruct workmen and deem them competent.

Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices (1910.332)
(b.1) Train employees in the safe work practices required by 1910.331 through 1910.335 that pertain to their respective job assignments.

Bloodborne Pathogens (1910.1030)

Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
(h) Train employees on hazardous chemicals in their work area.
(h.1) Inform employees of: (i) the requirements in this sec-tion; (ii) operations where hazardous chemicals are pres-ent; and (iii) location of the written hazard communication program, and the material safety data sheets.
(h.2) Employee training must include: (i) methods used in detecting the presence of hazardous chemicals; (ii) hazards of chemicals in the workplace; (iii) protective measures; and (iv) details of the hazard communication program.

Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (1910.1450)
(f.4.i) Employee training must include: (A) methods used to detect the presence of a hazardous chemical; (B) hazards of the chemicals in the work area; and (C) measures employees take to protect themselves from these hazards.