OSHA Safety Training

1. Intended audience. This guidance is intended for employers, safety officers or any organization that provides occupational safety and health training. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

2. Training techniques, methods and modes.
■ Proven adult learning techniques should be at the core of training development and delivery.
■ Peer-to-peer training with activitybased learning is one effective model for worker training. Effective development of peer trainers requires ongoing organizational support to the developing peer trainer.
■ Activity-based learning should fill at least two-thirds of training hours (no more than one-third is lecture).
■ Training must be provided in a way that workers receiving it can understand. In practical terms, this means that the training must be both in a language and vocabulary that the workers can understand.
■ While computer-based training (CBT) can augment the effectiveness of safety and health training for workers, it should not be the sole form of training that workers receive.

3. Needs assessment. Safety and health training should be preceded by a needs assessment to ensure the training meets the needs of the participants. Needs assessments can also be used to learn more about your target population’s knowledge, experience, learning styles, reading and writing skills, and interests.

4. Evaluation of Training. Evaluating your training allows you to assess whether the training is having the desired results, and informs you as to whether you need to make changes to your training program.

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