Chemicals in the Workplace
Each year, more than 4 million employees are injured on the job, costing American businesses over $127.7 billion annually in indirect and direct costs associated with work-related injuries. Over 100 OSHA standards require some form of training aimed at reducing risk factors for injury or disease. Failure to comply with OSHA standards, including training requirements, can result in fines up to $7,000 per violation.
OSHA’s guidelines for effective safety and health programs specify the importance of employee training in reducing the risk of work-related injuries. Employee training also fulfills various mandatory OSHA requirements if the training includes a learning activity and a means of testing to determine whether the employee retained the information.
To help employers comply with OSHA training requirements, Personnel Concepts has introduced a comprehensive topic set on Chemicals in the Workplace.
Chemical exposure may cause or contribute to many serious health conditions such as heart ailments, central nervous system problems, kidney and lung damage, sterility, cancer, burns, and rashes. Some chemicals may also be safety hazards and have the potential to cause fires and explosions and other serious accidents. Toxic materials can take the form of solids, liquids, gases, vapors, dusts, fumes, fibers and mists. How a substance gets into the body and what damage it causes depends on the form or the physical properties of the substance.
In FY13, OSHA collected over $25,000 in fines and penalties against industries that allowed harmful employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.
All employers must comply with the requirements set forth in OSHA standard 1910.1450 to protect workers who are occupationally exposed to potentially toxic and hazardous substances.
This exclusive topic set includes a reproducible safety-training handout on chemicals in the workplace, an employee quiz on the topic, an attendance log, and an acknowledgment form to document your compliance efforts. Implementing workplace safety training with our comprehensive solution can prevent work-related injuries and ensure compliance with OSHA standards.
Who Needs It
All employers must comply with OSHA regulations, including mandatory training and communication requirements. (The number of OSHA standards and training requirements vary by industry and/or number of employees, but virtually every business in the U.S. is obligated to provide some form of safety training.)
Good-Faith Safety Compliance
Our Chemicals in the Workplace Training Topic Sheet helps you identify mandatory OSHA training requirements for your business, and provides the tools and resources needed to implement an effective training session. Additionally, documenting your safety training meetings demonstrates good faith compliance with OSHA’s general duty clause and applicable safety standards if OSHA inspects your business.
Prevent Costly Injuries and Illnesses
Work-related injuries cost American employers billions of dollars each year in workers’ compensation and replacement worker expenses. According to OSHA, implementing a safety and health program that includes safety meetings and employee training can reduce injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. Our comprehensive topic set simplifies the process of implementing employee training.
Save Time and Money
Developing your own training materials can require up to 2 hours of your time per topic, while paying a third party to develop training materials can costs thousands of dollars. Our comprehensive topic set includes a pre-written training handout and quiz, saving you time and money.
- Pre-written safety training handout and quiz on the topic of Chemicals in the Workplace
- Subject matter includes coverage on examples of dangerous exposure, an explanation of Safety Data Sheets, proper emergency procedures, and an explanation of Personal Protective Equipment
- A quiz answer key for the program’s administraton
- An attendance log and acknowledgment form to document your meeting and training session