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Are your training videos OSHA compliant? Well that is a good question. This is often asked by our customers when considering purchasing our training programs. It is a pretty straight-forward question with a less than straight-forward answer. Hopefully this info will help clear the water for everyone.
When someone asks if our training programs are OSHA compliant, they may be asking if OSHA has approved our training or if our programs follow OSHA standards. Our programs are not OSHA approved. OSHA does not “approve” anything. In the same sense that OSHA does not certify training, they do not “approve” anyone’s training programs. OSHA simply formulates rules and regulations and says “Here you go. Following these safety rules or else.” OSHA doesn’t really say “or else” but if employers don’t follow the safety rules, employees get injured and sometimes even die due to preventable incidents. That’s when the “or else” happens. OSHA steps in, investigates, and hands down some pretty hefty fines when the employer is found negligent.
As for our programs following OSHA standards, the answer is yes and no. Most of our training programs are based on regulations put forth by OSHA. But not all of them. We can’t make the blanket statement that “All our training programs are OSHA compliant (or OSHA based.)” There is not an OSHA regulation which specifically covers Ergonomics, Back Safety, Sexual Harassment (actually based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Workplace Violence, Incident Investigation, and Driving Safety. OSHA does have a General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), which states “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” OSHA will cite this when they believe an employer has not provided a safe place of employment but does not have a specific regulation on which to fall for a citation.