Training (Construction): What you need to know

Several OSHA construction safety standards explicitly require employers to train employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs. Some construction standards make it the employer’s responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are “certified,” “competent,” or “qualified.” Where construction standards do not provide specific training requirements, the training requirements of the safety training and education standard (29 CFR 1926.21) apply to construction activities.

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Several OSHA construction standards contain specific requirements to train, educate, or instruct employees about workplace hazards and controls at construction sites. Others contain strict requirements to ensure that certain employees are certified, competent, or qualified to perform their assigned tasks.

The following OSHA-regulated activities require training, education, or instruction for employees in construction activities:

  • Asbestos training for employees exposed to airborne concentrations
  • Blasting and explosives training for authorized and qualified persons
  • Cranes and derricks training for all personnel working with such equipment
  • Fall protection training for each employee exposed or potentially exposed to fall hazards
  • Fire protection training for members of a fire-fighting organization (fire brigade) where projects warrant a brigade
  • First aid training performed by a person who has a valid certificate in first-aid training
  • Forklift and other powered industrial truck training for authorized operators
  • Hazard Communication training for employees exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals
  • Lead exposure training and information for employees exposed or potentially exposed to ...

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