When it comes to OSHA, there is still a lot of criticism, as employers and employees complain or have preconceived ideas about what the training process might contain. Following are three important points that you need to know about before buying into the criticism and considering OSHA safety training to be unreliable or unnecessary:
- OSHA training is not just for high risk jobs. A lot of people tend to ignore the importance of work safety in offices and stores, and many injuries occur as a result in situation where they really shouldn’t be happening. A simple example is the improper use of electric and electronic equipment in an office, or the incorrect use of unstable chairs and surfaces for climbing up to change a light bulb.
- OSHA training is not perfect, but it is the next best thing. A lot of people argue that OSHA guidelines are just that – a set of imperfect rules that don’t always have practical validity. While the rules and restrictions are constantly undergoing changes as technology is advancing and new risks are being reported, it is currently the best set of practical guidelines employees can really use in order to protect themselves at the workplace.
- You don’t really need a huge learning curve to understand OSHA safety training procedures and regulations. You’ll find that the classes only take 10 to 30 hours to master, and for much of the information you won’t need special training or education – only a clear and sober mind.