Construction is a dangerous business. In fact, it accounts for an astounding number of injuries and fatalities every year. But OSHA has developed certifications for a couple of safety programs that can help your business set itself above the competition by proving that you have a stronger dedication to on-the-job safety. In this post, we'll discuss the basics of OSHA 10 and 30 certification and refreshers and what it can do for your business.
OSHA's training programs have both general industry and construction industry options, allowing you to focus on the specific hazards in your industry. When you go through an OSHA 10 or 30 program, you receive a wallet card that serves as proof that you've completed the training. Though it doesn't involve an official certification process, the wallet card proves that your crew has had additional safety training that the competition may not have gone through. Here's a quick look at both programs and refresher recommendations.
OSHA 10 is a 10-hour course that covers a wide range of safety issues. A voluntary program in many states, it provides documentation of your company's dedication to safety on the job site. The course teaches your workers how to recognize a wide range of hazards on the job, including slip and fall issues, electrical problems, toxic materials, personal protective equipment, fire prevention and similar areas of concern. It also includes information on employee rights and employer responsibilities as well as details on when and how a workplace safety complaint may be filed. Though these courses are often taught by local offices, they're also available online.
But what if you need to meet regulatory requirements or want to have some workers with advanced safety training? The OSHA 30 course provides a much more in-depth overview of job site hazards. Generally speaking, OSHA 10 provides a level of safety training sufficient for most construction workers, while OSHA 30's expanded details work well for safety directors, foremen and field directors. If you're concerned about the level of safety and liability your company may have in case of a work site accident, OSHA 30 provides you with the necessary information to implement a solid safety plan and understand the existing regulations.
But what about recertifying or renewing your OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 wallet? The good news is, there isn't one that is required, with the exception of the maritime card, which expires in five years unless you take a refresher. However, OSHA does recommend refresher courses so that you can review your knowledge and catch up on any changes in safety practices that have happened since you certified. Generally speaking, OSHA recommends taking a refresher every year to ensure that the knowledge stays at the forefront of your workers' minds while on the job.
Getting your OSHA certification is just one more way to show how your business stands out from the competition through your professionalism. But taking the certification or re-certifying is just the first step. Once you've developed a solid safety plan for your job site, do you know what safety equipment you need to keep your crew working safely and efficiently? If you need help finding the right equipment for your crew, please feel free to contact our experienced associates today. At Wallboard Supply Company, our job is keeping your job rolling forward.