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OSHA Training Requirements:  Is Your Business Compliant?

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 13, 2017
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Standard personal protection (PPE) equipment used for farm safety.With limited specific OSHA training regulations for agriculture, you might think that you have covered all your bases in your safety training and meeting OSHA's training requirements. On the contrary, staying current on all OSHA requirements is an ongoing project for you and your safety team.

Safety issues must become a top priority. That means creating a strategy that safeguards your employees and managers safety and fosters a solid expectation for everyones complete compliance with OSHA guidelines. These goals will help establish the foundation of a safety culture that, in turn, could lead to higher productivity and profits for your operation. 

A Brief Review of OSHAs General Duty Clause

Because OSHA and other organizations offer so much information on safety compliance, it might not hurt to brush up on some essentials, such as OSHAs General Duty Clause, which falls under OSHAs Section 5. Duties. It features two basic provisions: 

  • Each employer’s responsibilities:
    • Each employer shall provide all employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards that could cause death or serious physical harm. 
    • Each employer shall comply with occupational safety and health standards that fall under this act. 
  • Each employee’s responsibilities:
    • Each employee shall comply with all occupational safety and health standards, rules and regulations, according to this act, especially how it applies to his own actions and conduct.

With these key factors in mind, as well as a review of how your team is doing in meeting OSHA training requirements, you can take a closer look at your operations to assess your overall progress toward creating and fostering the appropriate level of safety-consciousness.

OSHA Training Requirements: Is Your Farm Safety-Ready?

Working with your operation's safety personnel, trusting their commitment to researching safety regulations and creating a safety culture for you and your employees comprise the best step you can take toward ensuring your operation is safety-ready and consistently meeting OSHA training requirements. You and your entire teams diligence in following your safety teams lead will help ingrain the concept of safety compliance into the framework of your operation, becoming second nature to everyone.

Below is an abbreviated list of basic training requirements that will help you recognize your operations safety-readiness, so you can feel confident that, as time goes forward, you can anticipate fewer workplace injuries and illnesses that cause discomfort and pain for your employees, as well as fewer productivity issues and more profit making.

Farm-Specific Training Requirements:

  • Roll-over protective structures (ROPs) for agricultural tractors
  • Confined space rescue training
  • Guarding of agricultural equipment, farmstead equipment and cotton gins
  • Field sanitation

General Industry Training Requirements:

  • Hazard communication
  • Specifications for accident-prevention signs and tags
  • Logging operations

As you and your safety team work together to incorporate these OSHA training requirements, as well as tracking OSHA’s ongoing additions to safety-training requirements, you will start to gain a stronger sense of how safety-ready your operation is and how much work lays ahead of you to reach your safety goals.


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