A Quick Guide to OSHA Training Requirements for Environmental Managers

Because we know that the environmental manager sometimes carries safety training responsibilities, here’s a summary of some OSHA training requirements you should know about.
Emergency Response
Emergency responders, including public sector responders in states without OSHA-approved programs, must be trained according to job tasks, including the elements of the emergency response plan, standard operating procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE), and procedures for handling emergency incidents.
Emergency Action Plan
Designated employees must be trained to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees.
Fire Extinguishers
All employees allowed to use portable extinguishers need to be trained upon initial assignment to be familiarized with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient-stage fire fighting.
Employees designated to use fire-fighting equipment should be trained upon initial assignment on the use of appropriate equipment.

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Hazard Communication (HazCom)
Employees exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must be trained at the time of initial assignment on the methods and observations used to detect chemical presence, hazards of chemicals in work areas, and protective measures.
Training is required for personnel involved in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) operations; treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); and emergency response. The training must be specific to the operation involved.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
Personnel who perform installation, removal, operation, and maintenance work must be properly trained in such functions.
Training must be conducted before workers are allowed to perform work that requires PPE. Employees must demonstrate understanding of the training.
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Respiratory Protection
Employees required to use respirators should be trained in reasons for use; effect of improper fit, use, or maintenance; limitations; use in emergency situations; inspecting, donning, doffing, and checking seals; proper maintenance and storage; medical signs and symptoms that limit effectiveness; and general requirements of respirator standards.
Training on safe selection, maintenance, cleaning, and use is for employees who wear respirators when not required.
Process Safety Management (PSM)
Employees involved in operating a process must be trained in the process, including process-specific safety and health hazards, emergency operation (including shutdown), and safe work practices applicable to employees’ tasks.

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