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June 13, 2014

OSHA Releases Small Business Hazard Training Tool

OSHA signsThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on June 10th the release of a new online, interactive game-based tool developed to help employers and employees identify workplace hazards. Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels discussed at the American Society of Safety Engineers conference in Orlando, Florida on the design and goals of the tool.

“Hazard identification is a critical part of an injury and illness prevention program that will keep workers safe and healthy on the job,” said Michaels. “This new tool not only educates employers about how to take control of their workplaces and protect workers, it also demonstrates that following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line.”

The agency hopes that the tool teaches small business owners and workers how to find hazards in their workplace while also raising awareness of the other information and resources it publishes, according to OSHA’s website.

Part of OSHA’s online “Training Institute”, the first-person perspective lessons let the user play as either an employee or business owner. The player learns about the hazard identification process by being shown common hazards in the workplace, and then walked through the proper process to address them. Workplace scenarios include a construction site and manufacturing warehouse, and also training segments that focus on individual pieces of equipment.

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