Safety Training and Environmental Safety for Workers

Safety training is a necessary part of an employment environment since it helps workers to remain free from harm and injury while performing their duties in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a governmental agency that mandates, educates and enforces workplace safety practices for specific fields of employment.

OSHA creates workplace practices that are designed for different occupations including electricians, restaurant workers and hospital employees. Certain occupations that are high risk or hazardous, are evaluated by OSHA in order to find the safest and most efficient way for workers to complete their tasks. Once OSHA has determined the best practices for employees to use within a particular workplace environment they create standardized training information that they provide to employers within a chosen field. Once employers receive information from OSHA about the best safety practices to use within their field they are then required to use them within their work environment.

Employers are required to train their employees and enforce OSHA mandated rules within the workplace. OSHA routinely evaluates various workplace environments to ensure that people are in compliance. Employers who are not adequately training their workers or who are not enforcing proper workplace procedures can be forced to stop their operations or receive a fine until they are in compliance. Maintaining the environment is also a necessary part of workplace safety.

All businesses have to take environmental considerations into effect when conducting business within the workplace. Factors such as waste management, hazardous waste storage and removal and illegal dumping are important aspects of any business. Employees must practice environmental safety in order to keep their communities and land free from hazardous material and pollution.

Employers that work in fields that are directly related to the environment will train their employees how to perform their tasks without causing harm to an area. Miners are taught how to extract coal without destroying the mines and land surrounding mining sites. People who drill for natural resources such as coal and gas are required to implement the best practices for drilling these substances. Plants and factories that work with hazardous substances are not allowed to dump them in community water supplies or in unauthorized landfills. Most employers and industries do their best to follow these establish rules and guidelines.

Employees typically learn how to safely operate machinery and they’re also given instruction on what to do if a fire or hazardous situation takes place. Employees that work in factory setting might have to learn how to safely lift and transport boxes. Individuals that have jobs that require them to work on platforms will be given safety instruction for those positions. Employees who are required to undergo safety and environmental training are usually given informational training sessions after they’re hired onto a job. Depending on the type of job that they are working this training procedure could last for a couple of hours or up to a few weeks. The main thing that employers want to do is to make sure that they’re employees have the knowledge that they need in order to be effective and safe workers.

About Author:
Jennifer Winget is marketing professional who started writing as a hobby and written this article on behalf of OSEA. She has written various informative articles and blogs for past five years related to business, finance, health and safety services.

Originally published in the First Aid Blog

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