A few months ago, I wrote about the success of OSHA’s Online Outreach Education efforts. (OSHA: Measuring Success) Online training remains one of most popular and cost effective ways to deliver OSHA training.
More and more, employers are realizing that the completion of the program’s 10- or 30-hour training courses is essential to not only fulfilling their workplace health and safety objectives, but meeting a prerequisite if doing work on a contractor’s job-site.
10-hour vs. 30-hour
The OSHA 10-hour course is intended for entry-level workers and often is incorporated in the new hire safety orientation process. The more advanced 30-hour course is designed for supervisors and other workers with safety and regulatory compliance responsibilities.
30-hour courses can also be used as way for entry level employees to demonstrate their desire to be educated on employee safety issues. In fact, some organizations are now evaluating their current training programs to not only address meeting regulatory requirements, but also incorporating more prerequisite training for future advancement. The 30-hour courses are one of those prerequisites.
Verify the prize
You may have heard about programs that promote “OSHA based training,” and issue company-generated completion cards. There is only one authority that issues an OSHA Card: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration. This completion card “acknowledges that the recipient has successfully completed a 10 (or 30)-hour Occupational Safety and Health Training Course in Construction Safety and Health (or General Industry Safety and Health).”
The card should have the OSHA logo and a card number as well.
Myth: “Our courses ensure you are OSHA compliant.”
If you hear or read that statement, be wary and run. Completing an online OSHA course does satisfy training requirements and you will be issued a card after successful completion. However, that does not make your organization or employee OSHA compliant.
Any good online or instructor-led training organization should make it very clear that getting the card is the first hurdle. To ensure compliance, there are things that an employer must do. For instance, you learn about forklift operation in the Powered Industrial Trucks section of the training. But, there is also a hands-on part; the action employee demonstration that they can safely operate of forklift and deemed “safe and knowledgeable” by a competent person. That blended learning approach is what make a company compliant.
Retaining what matters
Content presentation is important. Even more important is knowing employees are receiving instruction on what possible workplace or jobsite exposures they are working around.
Online education ensures that a clear and consistent message is being taught to each trainee. It also provides the opportunity to evaluate the employee’s retention level after a certain amount of slides. In addition, testing at the end of each subject module verifies that the employee has retained the instruction they have just received. This results in a better prepared trainee to past the post-test as well as demonstrate their knowledge in the field.
E-learning provides a sound solution for organizations to raise employee awareness. It helps employers satisfy regulatory requirements and enables them to hold employees more accountable for unsafe work practices.
UL’s online OSHA 10 or 30-hour card training focuses on topics that are important in today’s workplace, such as an introduction to OSHA, basic rigging, confined spaces and other relevant topics. A certificate of completion is available for you to print immediately upon successful completion of the program. OSHA completion card will be mailed.