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January 2021 – Workplace Safety – Annual OSHA "Refresher" Safety Training

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the current, pertinent safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers across Wisconsin.

With the start of a new year, many businesses develop and launch their safety goals and objectives for the upcoming year. Many employers take the opportunity to start off the first few months of the new year by focusing on their required, annual U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance "refresher" safety training. While required annual OSHA "refresher" safety training varies widely by industry and operations, most employers have the following annual "refresher" safety training obligations:

(*Select chemicals also have annual safe use/handling "refresher" training requirements, if applicable - Ethylene Oxide (ETO), Formaldehyde, Lead, Methylene Chloride, and Thirteen Carcinogens – see OSHA.gov - 1910.1003 – 1910.1016)

Additional OSHA safety training requirements and resources can be accessed on OSHA's training site.

Training Requirements in OSHA Standards

Many employers schedule their annual "refresher" safety training topics over the first quarter months to allow adequate balance to the workplace demands stemming from the start of the new year's company goals and objectives. New employees starting after the annual OSHA "refresher" safety training are to be OSHA trained as soon as they begin their job duties.

Most Worker's Compensation Insurance Agents/Brokers and Underwriting Carriers have Risk Management and Loss Control Consultants, training resources available to assist in OSHA training efforts. A review of OSHA's annual "Top 10 - Most Frequently Cited Standards" can also aid in identifying and prioritizing one's OSHA safety training activities, available at https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.html.

As a look ahead, February is national Heart Health Month and includes Burn Awareness Week. First Aid, CPR, and AED training are good continuations to one's new year OSHA compliance training activities. More to follow as we approach February.

Have a Safe Day, Always!!

Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager

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