New online Outreach Training Program providers selected by OSHA

On January 12, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had selected 10 OSHA authorized training providers to instruct 25 online courses in line with its Outreach Training Program.

The program was developed to teach employees how to identify, prevent, and eliminate hazards that exist in the workplace. It also ensures all workers understand their rights, and employers know their responsibilities.

"We are pleased to announce the selection of these online training providers," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "These high-quality online courses will allow a greater number of workers to receive valuable interactive training supported by safety professionals - especially in remote areas with limited access to standard classrooms."

The courses are not required by OSHA, but the training they provide can help workers and employers create a safe and healthy workplace. For specific hazards related to their job, workers also need to receive additional, focused training.

The courses will provide instruction in Construction, General Industry, and Maritime in either 10- or 30-hour classes.

Developing a safe and healthy work site includes the use of OSHA-required safety products, which include safety glasses, ear plugs, work gloves, and hard hats

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