Check worker safety training against these OSHA regulatory requirements
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August 1, 2019
Use this chart to check worker safety training requirements for hospitals. This chart has been reviewed by healthcare and OSHA compliance experts, but may not be all inclusive for every facility. All of OSHA’s requirements can be found in its “Training Requirements in OSHA Standards” publication, which is online at www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2254.pdf. OSHA also has a “Worker Safety in Hospitals” page at www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals as well as its healthcare topics page at www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthcarefacilities/index.html.
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The newest requirement on this chart is for employees who may be required to use personal fall arrest equipment. OSHA requirements under the general industry standard were revised in 2018 to state that fixed ladders over 24 feet must be equipped with fall arrest or safety systems and employees must be trained accordingly on how to use that personal protective equipment.
Training must be done before use of the equipment, with each employee “trained to understand the application limits of the equipment and proper hook-up, anchoring, and tie-off techniques. Affected employees shall also be trained so that they can demonstrate the proper use, inspection, and storage of their equipment.”
For more on the fall arrest requirement, see Environment of Care Leader for March 12, 2018, in the HospitalSafetyCenter.com archive.