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What should be included in on-the-job safety training?

One of the easiest ways to ensure a California job site is safe is for employers to provide workers with proper safety training. Safety training covers a lot of ground, but it is only as good as the information presented, which is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets some guidelines for employers when putting together a safety program.

There are three main goals a program should aim for. These include offering training specialized to the unique safety hazards for that particular work environment, basic information about how to not create a hazardous worksite and to increase awareness and let employees know what to do if a hazard is identified.

In general, a safety program should go over the basic safety procedures and rules. It needs to ensure all employees understand how to react to an emergency, how to handle safety issues and who to talk to about concerns. In a program, you should learn what role you play in keeping the workplace safe. By the end of the program, you should have a good idea of how to stay safe when working and what to do if you do not feel safe. You should know how to identify safety issues, along with how to minimize them.

Safety programs need to be comprehensive. They should cover everything you need to know and allow you to ask questions to get clarification. Your employer's program should also include all employees, so everyone gets the same training. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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