Safety Training 


Education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive. Another role of education and training, however, is to provide workers and managers with a greater understanding of the safety and health program itself, so that they can contribute to its development and implementation.


Education and training provide employers, managers, supervisors, and workers with:

  • Knowledge and skills needed to do their work safely and avoid creating hazards that could place themselves or others at risk.

  • Awareness and understanding of workplace hazards and how to identify, report, and control them.

  • Specialized training, when their work involves unique hazards.

Action item 1: Provide program awareness training

Managers, supervisors, and workers all need to understand the program's structure, plans, and procedures. Having this knowledge ensures that everyone can fully participate in developing, implementing, and improving the program.

How to accomplish it
  • Provide training to all managers, supervisors, workers, and contractor, subcontractor, and temporary agency workers on:

    • Safety and health policies, goals, and procedures

    • Functions of the safety and health program

    • Whom to contact with questions or concerns about the program (including contact information)

    • How to report hazards, injuries, illnesses, and close calls/near misses

    • What to do in an emergency

    • The employer's responsibilities under the program

    • Workers' rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act

  • Provide information on the safety and health hazards of the workplace and the controls for those hazards.

  • Ensure that training is provided in the language(s) and at a literacy level that all workers can understand.

  • Emphasize that the program can only work when everyone is involved and feels comfortable discussing concerns; making suggestions; and reporting injuries, incidents, and hazards.

Action item 2: Train managers and supervisors on their roles in the program

Employers, managers, and supervisors are responsible for workers' safety, yet sometimes have little training on safety-related concepts and techniques. They may benefit from specific training that allows them to fulfill their leadership roles in the program.

How to accomplish it
  • Reinforce manager's and supervisors' knowledge of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the workers' rights guaranteed by the Act.

  • Train managers and supervisors on procedures for responding to workers' reports of injuries, illnesses, and incidents.

  • Instruct managers and supervisors on fundamental concepts and techniques for recognizing hazards and methods of controlling them, including the hierarchy of controls (see "Hazard Prevention and Control"). (We will instruct but not create the plan for you. We will be happy to recommend an expert that could help you create a plan)

  • Instruct employers, managers, and supervisors on incident investigation techniques, including root cause analysis.

Action item 3: Train workers on their specific roles in the safety and health program

Additional training may be needed to ensure that workers can incorporate any assigned safety and health responsibilities into their daily routines and activities.

How to accomplish it

  • Instruct workers assigned specific roles within the safety and health program on how they should carry out those responsibilities, including:​

    • Participation in incident investigations

    • Program evaluation and improvement

  • Provide opportunities for workers to ask questions and provide feedback during and after the training.

  • As the program evolves, institute a more formal process for the training needs of workers.

Action item 4: Train workers on hazard identification and controls

Providing workers with an understanding of hazard recognition and control and actively involving them in the process can help to eliminate hazards before an incident occurs.

How to accomplish it
  • Train workers on techniques for identifying hazards, such as job hazard analysis (see OSHA Publication 3071 (PDF)).

  • Train workers, so they understand and can recognize the hazards they may encounter in their own jobs, as well as more general work-related hazards.

  • Instruct workers on concepts and techniques for controlling hazards, including the hierarchy of controls and its importance.

  • Train workers on the proper use of work practice and administrative controls.

  • Train workers on when and how to wear required personal protective equipment.

  • Provide additional training, as necessary, when a change in facilities, equipment, processes, materials, or work organization could increase hazards, and whenever a worker is assigned a new task.

Source for these recommendations:

On-site training available for companies located in Georgia only.

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