Individuals choose to participate in special training because of different reasons. One reason may be that they are required to do so in order to gain employment in certain fields. Another reason may be for personal gratification, while for others it may be a college requirement. Either way, becoming certified is something that more and more people are doing every day.
OSHA training is a popular certification program. It enables the participant to gain specialized training in certain areas. There are various types of OSHA classes. Some of those classes are:
- OSHA 10 Construction Industry Outreach
- OSHA 30 Construction Industry Outreach
- OSHA 10&30 Hour Training
When it comes to OSHA 10&30 Training the student will leave with a clear understanding of Workplace Safety Training, Medic First Aid, PEC Safety Training and more. This is a 10 hour class that is designed for entry-level workers. The 30 hour class is developed more company supervisors and for employees with a larger amount of work safety responsibility. The training basically encompasses the rights of workers when it comes to work safety. It also goes over different types of hazards in the workplace, how to file a safety and health compliant and how whistleblowers are protected.
Let’s take a look at the subject of knowing your rights. OSHA teaches it’s students that they have a right to be trained in the language that they speak. When working around equipment that could be dangerous, it is important that you understand what is being spoken to you, that is a right that you have when working with any company in the US, that has dangerous equipment and chemicals. You also have the right to be protected from toxic chemicals. A company can not force you to work around chemicals that are toxic. As an employee you have a right to request that your facility be inspected, you also have a right to speak with the inspector. OSHA also teaches about safety gear such as gloves, harnesses, etc. There is quite a bit of information that the average person may not know, regarding their rights in the workplace. For example, an employee has the right to review records about illnesses and injuries that have taken place in that particular facility.
When it comes to filing a complaint, OSHA will show you during training step by step. In class, you will be taught the different reason why an employee can file a complaint. A couple of reason could be that there are potential dangers within the facility and management is not attempting to resolve it. Another reason may be that the company is violating OSHA compliance. OSHA train students to watch for those types of issues and to report them immediately, not reporting an issue could result in a fatality of serious injury.
The 10 hr OSHA class informs students that it is against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee to bring up issues to OSHA. In 1970 an ACT was passed called the OSH Act, this Act protects the employee. After this passage, Congress has passed even more laws to protect the employee. This knowledge brings that much more comfort to the minds of those who may be hesitant about speaking up.
Most companies will pay for the employee to attend OSHA classes. However, some companies do not. The cost of attending an OSHA class could be as low as $90 for a 10 hour class, and almost $200 for a 30 hour. Depending on the state and the area, the cost could be lower than $90 or higher than $189 for the 30 hour class. If you are considering taking a class, it may be best to do some research to make sure you get a good bargain. However, regardless of the price, the amount of knowledge that the class gives is well worth it.