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Safety Training Guide

Plant Supervisors’ Guide to Worker Safety Training

Safety training for our workers is a key ingredient in the Plant Safety and Health Program. Supervisors are the key element in making our safety training process work. You have direct control over when and how your workers work. This document is meant to help guide you through our safety training process, in order to insure that all employees receive all of the safety training they need to safely do their jobs, and to keep the University in compliance with safety and health regulations.

All safety training can be broken down into four general areas: 1) initial training that generally applies to all workers in all areas; 2) initial training that applies only to specific groups of workers that do specific tasks; 3) retraining that must be done at set time intervals; and 4) retraining that is done only as needed.

Training that falls under Group 1 is covered in the Plant Safety Orientation Training. This is training either done by OSEH or by the department with a training program approved by OSEH. It is important that all newly hired workers (permanent or temporary) receive this training as soon as possible after being hired. It covers basic worker protection subjects that are required under the safety regulations. About 30 different subjects are covered in this training, including hazard communication, personal protective equipment, and asbestos awareness.

However, because it is impractical to hold an extended training session for each individual worker that is hired, we’ve implemented a New Hire Safety Training Checklist to help supervisors through the initial phases of safety training. Because there are certain safety tropics that should be covered immediately when a worker starts working, this checklist will help you give your new worker the safety information they need to start working. Supervisors should complete the New Hire Safety Training Checklist immediately upon arrival of all new hires.

Initial training that applies only to specific groups of workers that do specific tasks is done on an as needed basis, because there is typically a low employee turnover rate in the departments where this training is needed. Training subjects in this group include confined space entry, fall protection, and electric power transmission safety.

Retraining that must be done at set time intervals is done on a regular rotating schedule to insure workers are updated as required. Training in this group includes such subjects as hearing conservation, blood borne pathogens, and aerial work platforms.

Retraining that is done only as needed is done when there is worker performance evidence that retraining is needed (e.g., an increase in accidents or failure to follow procedures), when there has been a long interval from when training was last done, or when department personnel express an interest in receiving refresher training. Training in this group includes such subjects as fire safety, tunnel safety, and first aid.

A breakdown of all of the training subjects is included with this document for easy reference. There is also a breakdown of which training subjects are required by which job classifications. However, not all workers with a specific job classification will need to have the same safety training. For example, every carpenter usually doesn’t need to drive a fork lift as part of their job. In order to qualify to drive a fork lift, there are some very specific requirements that must be met, including a medical surveillance examination, and a written and hands-on test. This process can be very time consuming. You don’t want to waste time training workers to do tasks they won’t do, but you must have adequately trained workers available to do the required tasks when they need to be done. It is up to the supervisor to manage which workers they want to go through these specific training subjects. If you ever have any questions about who needs what safety training, call OSEH (764-3141).

General Safety Training Subject Groupings

Safety Orientation Training Topics:

  • Accident & Near Miss Reporting*
  • Back Safety*
  • Building Security & Personal Safety*
  • Exits, Evacuations & Emergencies*
  • First Aid Program Procedures*
  • Medical Surveillance Program*
  • Housekeeping*
  • Recycling & Waste Disposal*
  • Signs & Tags*
  • Hazard Communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Respiratory Protection Introduction
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Ladder Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Equipment Safety (Power & Hand Tools)
  • Aerial Work Platforms Awareness**
  • Asbestos Awareness**
  • Biological Agent Awareness**
  • Laboratory Safety Awareness**
  • Radiation Awareness**
  • Hospital Safety Awareness**
  • Lab Hood & Ventilation Maint. Proc.**
  • Roof Access Safety Procedures**
  • Confined Space Awareness**
  • Hot Work Safety Awareness**
  • Lead Awareness**
  • Fork Lift Awareness**
* Safety Information Suite
** Safety Awareness Suite

Annual Refresher Training Topics

  • Hearing Conservation
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Lead Worker Protection
  • Heat Stress

Major Safety Training Topics

  • Accident/Near Miss Investigation
  • Aerial Work Platforms
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Electric Power Transmission Safety
  • Emergency Response
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Hazardous Materials Handling & Trans.
  • Heat Stress
  • Hot Work Safety
  • Lead Worker Protection
  • Lead Abatement
  • Lift Trucks
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Scaffolding Safety
  • Tunnel Safety

Major Safety Training Topics w/ Refreshers

  • Aerial Work Platforms (3 years)
  • Asbestos Abatement (annually)
  • Emergency Response (annually)
  • Hazardous Chem/Mat Handling (3 years)
  • Lead Abatement (?)
  • Lift Trucks (3 years)


New Hire Safety Training Checklist

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