FOOTnotes – For Our Outreach Trainers: Information specific to OSHA Outreach Trainers authorized through the Southeastern OTI Education Center.
Important News for OSHA Outreach Trainers!
OSHA Outreach Training Program Requirements and separate Industry Procedures have been revised and posted on the OSHA Outreach Training Program webpage. While the requirements will be effective April 1, 2018, trainers are encouraged to begin implementation immediately.
The main revisions which impact your OSHA Outreach training sessions include:
- A decrease from 2 hours to 1 hour in the mandatory Intro to OSHA topic. OSHA will provide additional guidance regarding the revised 1 hour Intro to OSHA module shortly.
- An increase from 1.25 hours to 1.5 hours in the Focus Four Hazards – Falls topic.
Planning for 2018 OSHA National Initiatives
OSHA will conduct the following national outreach initiatives during 2018. As you establish your 2018 training calendar, consider joining these initiatives:
- Safe + Sound: Campaign for Safety and Health Programs
The goal of the campaign is to promote the understanding and adoption of safety and health programs. The signature event is Safe + Sound Week, when employers can show their safety commitment through activities related to common core elements of recognized safety and health programs: management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to find and fix hazards. The 2018 Safe + Sound Week date will be held on August 13-19, 2018.
- Stop Falls Campaign
The Stop Falls Campaign raises awareness of the danger of falls. Originally focused in the construction industry, it is now inclusive of other industries. The signature event is the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, to be held May 7-11, 2018. The stand-down encourages employers to take a dedicated time during the week to focus on fall prevention efforts and training.
- Heat Illness Prevention
During hot weather, OSHA will promote the risks of heat and prevention measures using the #WaterRestShade Campaign for Heat Illness Prevention.
- Trench Safety Stand-Down
OSHA will participate in the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Trench Safety Stand-down on June 18-23, 2018. OSHA will continue to promote and be involved in compliance assistance and outreach related to trench safety.
Darija Franjic works with current OSHA Outreach Trainers authorized through the Southeastern OTI Education Center to ensure they understand and comply with OSHA’s outreach training program requirements and procedures. She also assists trainers with reporting and processing OSHA 10-hr and 30-hr cards. In addition, Darija coordinates details for open enrollment and onsite OSHA courses.