OSHA launches certificate program for public sector safety

On September 26, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new certificate program that will provide workplace safety and health training to public sector employees. Focused on construction and general industry, the program is called Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals and is designed to reduce occupational injuries and illness among government workers.

To earn a certificate, students must take a minimum of seven courses totaling at least 68 credits, which will consist of three mandatory classes and additional electives. Course examples include safety and health management, occupational safety and health standards for construction or general industry, fall hazard awareness, recordkeeping, and accident investigation.Training will take place at OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers across the country.

Strong safety programs may provide several benefits for employers, including reduced costs, improved productivity, and increased job satisfaction among workers. Offering training opportunities and personal protective equipment can help build a solid culture of safety in the workplace.

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