All employers involved in construction are responsible to provided training for all employees. OSHA mandates in 1926.21(b)(2) that employers must instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to their work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure.

The Key Here is that the Employer MUST Provide the Training!

OSHA also mandates that employers protect you from workplace hazards that can cause injury or illness. Engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are the first line of defense, we want to eliminate the hazard. Where that is not feasible, or those methods do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide (Pay For, Supply, and have on the Job Site) personal protective equipment (PPE) to you and ensure its use.

On May 15, 2008, a new OSHA rule about employer payment for PPE went into effect mandating that with few exceptions employers must pay for personal protective equipment used to comply with OSHA standards.

The employer must ensure that you are protected from all hazards!

The training that your employer is required to give you in construction is based upon the exposures you face on the work site. Typical training topics include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to OSHA-Workers’ rights, employer responsibilities,
    filing a complaint resources etc
  • Managing Safety and Health-Illness Prevention Programs, job site inspections,
    accident prevention programs, job site analysis, hazard prevention and control

    • The four major hazards
    • Fall hazards
    • Electrical hazards
    • Struck-By hazards
    • Caught-in or between hazards
    • PPE
    • Health hazards, including but not limited to:
      • Noise
      • Hazard communication
      • Silica exposures
      • Asbestos
      • Lead exposures and others
      • Stairways and Ladders
      • Concrete/Masonry Construction
      • Confined Spaces, Permit Required Confined Spaces
      • Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, & Conveyors
      • Ergonomics
      • Excavations
      • Fire Protection and Prevention
      • Materials Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal
      • Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations;
        Rollover Protective Structures and Overhead Protection; and Signs, Signals and Barricades
      • Powered Industrial Vehicles
      • Scaffolds
      • Steel Erection
      • Tools – Hand and Power
      • Welding and Cutting