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October 1, 2013

New OSHA Safety Certificate Program for Public Workers

OSHA has just launched a new certificate program to train public sector employees to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in state and local governments. The Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals programs are available in construction and general industry, with courses including occupational safety and health standards, safety and health management, accident investigation, fall hazard awareness and recordkeeping.

Participants must complete a minimum of seven courses totaling at least 68 hours to earn a certificate. OSHA has created a new web page dedicated to this certificate program. The page provides course descriptions and prerequisites, program information and instructions on how to apply to the program.

The certificate program is administered by OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, which are non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that state and local government workers suffered 5.7 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers, compared with 3.5 in the private sector, in 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Safety in the workplace is really essential and needs to be carried out and reinforced by employers. In environments exactly where heavy equipment or harmful equipment is used, extra caution could also be necessary but detailed safety training is important. A fatal work injury has motivated a workplace safety review at a local university as well as a thorough assessment of what must be addressed.