By Abbie Geigle
Workplace safety is a critical aspect of any business, and it's essential to ensure that employees are trained and equipped to work safely. While initial safety training is essential for new employees, OSHA requires annual repeat training as well to maintain a culture of safety in the workplace.
Annual repeat training helps employees refresh their knowledge and learn about new safety procedures or equipment. It also serves as a reminder that safety is an ongoing concern, and that employees must remain vigilant to prevent accidents.
One of the key benefits of annual repeat training is that it can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace. When employees are regularly reminded of safety procedures and guidelines, they are more likely to follow them, which can ultimately prevent accidents and injuries.
Moreover, annual safety training can also improve employee morale and job satisfaction. When employees feel that their safety is a priority, they are more likely to feel valued and respected by their employer. This can lead to increased loyalty and lower turnover rates, which can ultimately benefit the business.
Additionally, providing annual safety training can help employers comply with state and federal regulations. Many states require employers to provide safety training for their employees, and failure to do so can result in fines and legal penalties.
Finally, annual safety training can improve the overall reputation of a business. Employers who prioritize safety are viewed as responsible and trustworthy by both employees and customers. This can lead to increased business and a positive public image.
In conclusion, annual repeat training for workplace safety is crucial for maintaining a safe work environment. It can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, improve employee morale and job satisfaction, ensure compliance with regulations, and enhance the overall reputation of a business. Employers should prioritize annual safety training to create a culture of safety in the workplace.
Here is a list of relevant OSHAcademy courses that should be completed annually:
- 852 Asbestos Safety
- 655 Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace
- 656 Bloodborne Pathogens in the Healthcare Setting
- 755 Bloodborne Pathogens Program Management
- 816 Confined Space Safety in Construction
- 713 Confined Space Program
- 159 Hearing Protection: Basic
- 854 Lead Safety in Construction
- 654 Lead Safety in General Industry
- 894 Lead Safety in Shipyards
- 756 Respiratory Protection
To view a complete list of OSHA's training requirements please click here.