OSHA training no longer lost in the translation

By: April 19th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Safety training is only as good as the recipient’s ability to comprehend it.

That is why beginning with Workers Memorial Day, April 28, “OSHA will also assure that its Compliance Officers check and verify not only that the training has been provided, but that it was provided in a format that the workers being trained can understand,” Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced during her April 14 keynote address at the National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety.

In other words, “They [workers] have a right to be trained in a language and in a way that they understand,” said Solis.

This requirement is not new—an April 17, 2007 letter of interpretation explains that if employees receive non-English instructions for work duties, then their safety training must be in that language—but it is now an area of oversight and enforcement that OSHA plans to focus on.

To assist employers in meeting training obligations with a Spanish-speaking work force, OSHA has the Hispanic outreach quick start, a Web-based assistance tool.

Since bloodborne pathogens are one of the most serious hazards to healthcare workers, the OSHA Healthcare Advisor has a table of Common English/Spanish bloodborne Pathogens Training Terms. Download it from the Tools Page.

Additional non-English healthcare-related workplace safety training resources


By Jerold W. Wiley, Ph.D. on April 22nd, 2010 at 11:16 am

This sounds like a very noble idea but my main question is, who will pay for me to translate all of my training materials (written, video) into Spanish or other languages? Conservatively speaking, we have staff in our company who are from at least ten different countries. We simply cannot afford to pay the high prices for translation services required by this policy.

By David LaHoda on April 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 am

I certainly understand your situation, but this cost argument reminds me of the initial resistance to the increased expenses involved in adopting safety needles and sharps for workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens. In the end, the question is, from a possible OSHA violation perspective, can you afford not to do it? And as OSHA citations for not using safety devices over the years have shown, the answer is no.

By OSHA Pro on May 25th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Training Cards Updated With New Security Features to Deter Fraud

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has quietly incorporate new security features into the OSHA 10 and 30 hour wallet cards issued by trainers to students completing OSHA Outreach training courses. Since several states and many general contractors have made possession of an OSHA 10 hour or 30 hour card mandatory for workers on certain construction sites, there has been an explosion of cases where counterfeit cards were provided or sold to workers or their employers.

To get an explanation of the changes made to the OSHA wallet cards, we turned to Curtis Chambers, Vice President of OSHA Pros Inc. (www.osha-pros.com), a national OSHA training company. According to Mr. Chambers, who is also an OSHA-authorized Outreach Trainer, the wallet-sized cards are the same size and colors as before; medium blue for the general industry courses, and gold for the construction courses. However, the new cards have the OSHA logo in the upper left-hand corner, with blue ink used for the “O” of OSHA. Also, there is now a large number “10” or “30” (depending on the OSHA course completed) placed as a very faint watermark located in the front center of the OSHA cards. These two features should make the original OSHA cards more difficult to copy and issue to people who did not legitimately complete the course, according to Mr. Chambers.

Mr. Chambers also explained another new feature is the serial numbers appearing on the cards. The old cards had a nine digit serial number printed in red ink (e.g.: 987654321). The newer cards have a two digit number, followed by a hyphen, followed by a nine digit number (e.g.: 21-987654321), also printed in red ink. This feature allows the card to be more easily tracked back to the OSHA trainer who issued the card originally. In addition, the OSHA trainers who issue OSHA cards are now required to keep a list of the student names and serial numbers of their cards on file, not previously required.

On the back of the cards, there is now a statement declaring fraudulent distribution or use of the OSHA wallet card is a federal offense. “These updates should help deter the cards from ending up in the hands of people who did not attend the courses, and increase confidence in the OSHA Outreach training program” said Mr. Chambers.

These changes affect new OSHA 10 and 30 hour wallet cards issued by OSHA authorized trainers in live classes, as well as for online OSHA 10 hour and OSHA 30 hour training courses that have been reviewed and accepted by OSHA. However, OSHA cards never expire, so older versions possessed by trainees who took their courses before these changes took place are also still valid.

For additional information about this article, contact Curtis Chambers at http://www.osha-pros.com. To obtain the OSHA 10 hour training card, go to http://www.osha10hourtraining.com. To obtain the OSHA 30 hour training card, go to http://www.osha30hourtraining.com.

By EasySafety on June 16th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

One of the best things about online safety training is that it can be standardized. The quality control available for online training in unmatched.

Easy Safety School


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