OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers

Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers

An effective accident prevention program requires proper job performance from everyone in the work-place.

As an owner or manager, you must ensure that all employees know about the materials and equipment they work with, what known hazards are in the operation, and how you are controlling the hazards.

Each employee needs to know the following:

  • No employee is expected to undertake a job until he or she has received job instructions on how to do it properly and has been authorized to perform that job.
  • No employee should undertake a job that appears unsafe.

You may be able to combine safety and health training with other training that you do, depending upon the kinds of potential and existing hazards that you have. With training, the "proof is in the pudding" in that the result that you want is everyone knowing what they need to know to keep themselves and their fellow workers safe and healthy.

Here are some actions to take:

  • Ask your state consultant to recommend training for your worksite. The consultant may be able to do some of the training while he or she is there.
  • Make sure you have trained your employees on every potential hazard that they could be exposed to and how to protect themselves. Then verify that they really understand what you taught them.
  • Pay particular attention to your new employees and to old employees who are moving to new jobs. Because they are learning new operations, they are more likely to get hurt.
  • Make sure that you train your supervisors to know all the hazards that face the people they supervise and how to reinforce training with quick reminders and refreshers, and with disciplinary action if necessary. Verify that they know what is expected of them.
  • Make sure that you and your top management staff understand all of your responsibilities and how to hold subordinate supervisory employees accountable for theirs.

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