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New OSHA Training for Workers' Rights

New OSHA Training for Workers' Rights
OSHA has introduced a new OSHA training program that emphasizes on workers' rights. The name of the training program is ,"Introduction to OSHA” and it is a required content in every OSHA 10 and 30 hour Outreach Training Program class. The aim of OSHA is to strengthen the voice of workers through this training.

The new training will focus on the importance of workers' rights and advise them of their right to:

  • Safe and healthy workplaces.
  • Know about the presence and effects of hazardous chemicals.
  • Review all the workplaces information about injuries and illnesses
  • Receive training.
  • File for an OSHA inspection in need and participate with it on time.
  • Be free from pay back to exercise safety and health rights.
David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA said, "For too long, workers have avoided making claims of unsafe work conditions out of fear of losing their jobs. We are confident that this new training session will embolden workers to speak up when they find work practices that endanger their lives and the lives of their co-workers."

The workers will be trained during the 10 and 30 hour outreach training program classes, that will cover topics on whistleblower rights and filing a complaint, samples of a weekly fatality and catastrophe report, material data safety sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Trainers will be given test and answer sheets through their authorizing training organization only.

The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches workers about their rights including the ways to identify, reduce, avoid and prevent job-related hazards. This training will help a lot of workers in becoming confident and knowledgeable.