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Outreach Training Records Retention Requirements

It is important to remember that OSHA Outreach Training Program authorized trainers must retain OSHA Outreach Training Program class records for five (5) years. These records include daily student sign-in sheets, student contact information, detailed topic outline (agenda), OSHA Outreach Training Program Reports (OTPR), and copies of the student course completion cards. If applicable, records should also contain information on any guest trainers and/or assistant OSHA Outreach Training Program trainers that were utilized. Outreach Training program requirements also detail the information that many of the documents referenced above should contain. 

It is also important to remember the following points:

  • If the OSHA Outreach Training Program authorized trainer leaves an organization for which they conducted training, retention of the original OSHA Outreach Training Program training records is the responsibility of the OSHA Outreach Training Program authorized trainer. 
  • OSHA Outreach Training Program authorized trainers may NOT rely on internal or external staff, clients, employers or third parties to prepare, submit, report, retain, or maintain the required OSHA Outreach Training Program training records.

Authorized trainers are responsible for timely compliance with requests for training documentation; the Southeastern OSHA Training Institute Education Center does initiate regular trainer records audits throughout the year. For more information, please refer to the Outreach Training Program Requirements (“Records Retention” begins on page 16).


Ask For Help. Suicide Prevention Resources

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2017. We tend to dismiss things that aren’t tangible—things that we can’t see or measure with a CAT scan, blood work or an MRI. Depression is just as real and deadly as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. If you’re depressed or experiencing suicidal thoughts, know that you aren’t alone and there are resources available for treatment. Visit OSHA’s Preventing Suicides webpage to learn more about resources. 


The Importance of Being Prepared Before a Disaster Strikes

Is your organization prepared for an emergency? Does your organization know the responsive steps to take in different types of emergency situations? According to Ready, a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for, respond to and migrate emergencies, 40% of businesses never recover after experiencing a major disaster. From tornados and chemical spills, to disease agents and fires, it is vital for your business to plan ahead for emergencies. It’s better to be safe than to be sorry. Visit OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage for safety resources.


OSHA Needs Your Input on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

OSHA wants your input on possible updates to its lockout/tagout standard. Among other items, they are seeking details about how employers have been using control circuit-type devices. Specifically, information on the types of circuits and safety procedures and limitations of their use. This is being done to determine under what conditions control circuit-type devices can be used safely. Comments must be submitted before or on August 18, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at Learn more about the request for information in OSHA’s news release


OSHA Revised Safety and Health Standards 

Due to the ever-changing nature of technology and working conditions, OSHA has modernized its safety and health standards to fit the needs of today’s workers and employers. OSHA’s new Safety and Health Standards revisions to 14 provisions are projected to save employers $6.1 million annually. OSHA has updated its final ruling on recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards. The new changes are also expected to increase awareness and compliance with the provisions and boost worker safety and health. Read the news release in full→



Shelby Kimes is a Marketing Content Writer in the marketing department for NC State Industrial Expansion Solutions. She writes marketing content for various IES and media platforms to communicate the services and values of IES. She also writes the marketing material needed to alert existing and/or potential clients of any updates within IES. She previously interned with the marketing department at Greenville Parks and Recreation in North Carolina. Shelby graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Sports Studies and a Minor in Marketing/Business Administration.