Safety Training - Typical Company Program to Meet OSHA Requirements

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Training is a critical elements of any safety & health program. Training is helps enable employees to learn their jobs properly,  to reinforce safety policies and procedures, and to communicate safety principles and commitment of management to a safe work place.

New Employee Safety Orientation

A New Employee Safety Orientation Class is a part of the overall orientation program that all new hires must attend. This orientation is usually conducted by the personnel or human resources department. The safety training in these classes typically consists of the below listed topics (as applicable):

1. General Safety Rules & Policies
2. Hazard Communication & Chemical Safety Procedures
3. Hearing Conservation
4. Control of blood-borne pathogens
5. Electrical Safety & Lockout/Tagout
6. Emergency Plans: Routes & Assembly Locations
7. Procedures for safety violations, accidents, near-miss
8. Proper lifting & ergonomic techniques
9. Job hardening/warm-up exercises
10. Equipment Safety
11.  Process Safety Management Awareness

After completion of Safety Orientation Class, the new hire's supervisor will provide additional specific safety training applicable to the assigned tasks. This training should consist of:

1. Emergency plans, evacuation routes, assembly locations and emergency actions
2. Rules for reporting safety violations, accidents, and near-misses
3. Safe Operating Procedures
4. Location & use of Emergency Eye Wash & Shower Stations
5. Location and use of Fire Alarm Pull Boxes
6. Use of tools & equipment, lifting & material handling equipment
7. Machine & Tool Guards, Emergency Stop Control Locations & Use
8. Proper Ergonomic procedures & lifting techniques for the tasks assigned
9. Safety equipment & personal protective equipment
10. Hazard Communication: Specific hazards for work area chemicals

Be sure to record this training will be recorded on a Job Safety Training Checklist . This record should be filled out by the Employee's immediate supervisor and filed in the Employee's Personnel Record.

Annual Training Topics

The list below details areas that may require annual retraining for Employees, Maintenance Personnel & Supervisors and Special Employees.  You can find out much more about these requirements on our OSHA safety pages.


  1. Annual Review of Safety Policies and Rules
  2. Ergonomics
  3. Hazard Communication/Chemical Safety
  4. Emergency Action Procedures (including evacuation)
  5. Personal Protective Equipment
  6. Electrical Safe Work Practices
  7. Confined Space Entry & Rescue
  8. Respiratory Protection
  9. Powered Industrial Truck Operation
  10. Bloodborne Pathogens
  11. Lockout / Tagout Procedures & Machine Guarding
  12. Hearing Conservation

This page was updated on 30-Mar-2016