Changes to OSHA’s Outreach Training Program take effect April 1

Time spent on Introduction to OSHA module cut in half

Posted January 4, 2018

OSHA recently revised its Outreach Training Program requirements with substantial and minor changes. The Agency cautions that all OSHA authorized Outreach training, Authorized Training Organizations, and other stakeholders must carefully review and follow the new program requirements, procedures, and related guidance. The revised requirements take effect April 1, 2018.

One of the biggest changes to the program is a reduction of the delivery of the required Introduction to OSHA module from two hours to one hour.

OSHA clarified that the purpose of the Outreach Training Program is to teach workers about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint, as well as how to recognize, abate, and prevent job-related hazards. OSHA authorizes safety and health professionals who complete an Outreach Training Program trainer course to conduct occupational safety and health classes for workers.

OSHA’s Outreach Training Program is voluntary. Additionally, training provided by the program does not meet the training requirements contained in any OSHA standard. Some states and local jurisdictions require OSHA Outreach Training Program training, and some employers and unions require workers to have this training to work on job sites or to fulfill safety training goals.

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