OSHA Standard: 1926.21
Occurrence: Initial assignment
Frequency: As jobsite conditions or roles change
Training Style: Varies, but could include classroom training, toolbox talks, and hands-on training.
1) The employer should create training programs and have them available for OSHA and employees to review.
2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.
3) Employees required to handle or use poisons, caustics, and other harmful substances shall be instructed regarding the safe handling and use, and be made aware of the potential hazards, personal hygiene, and personal protective measures required.
4) In job site areas where harmful plants or animals are present, employees who may be exposed shall be instructed regarding the potential hazards, and how to avoid injury, and the first aid procedures to be used in the event of injury.
5) Employees required to handle or use flammable liquids, gases, or toxic materials shall be instructed in the safe handling and use of these materials and made aware of the specific requirements.
6) All employees required to enter into confined or enclosed spaces shall be instructed as to the nature of the hazards involved, the necessary precautions to be taken, and in the use of protective and emergency equipment required. The employer shall comply with any specific regulations that apply to work in dangerous or potentially dangerous areas
Employees are to ensure they have been trained in their assigned roles. If roles change, they must ensure that they are trained and competent in the new roles. And, they must request information if they are unsure of the hazard or what protective system they need to employ.
This is a pretty short and sweet standard but has wide reaching effects. It is the employers responsibility to perform a hazard analysis of each task and of the jobsite and determine what training and controls are necessary. So, do you have a program in place for working with caustic and flammable liquids? And do you have a policy for working around harmful plants and animals? And how do you track employee competency of the task?
Contact STAC for assistance if you have any questions!