OSHA offers interactive training webtool for identifying workplace hazards
By Anthony Capkun
June 10, 2014 – The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. today released an interactive training tool to help small businesses identify hazards in the workplace.
“This new tool not only educates employers about how to take control of their workplaces and protect workers, it also demonstrates that following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labour for occupational safety & health.
Employers and workers can virtually explore how to identify common workplace hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries. Users of the new training tool will learn not only hazard identification skills but also learn about hazard abatement and control.
Through the hazard identification tool, users can play from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee as they learn to identify realistic, common hazards and address them with practical and effective solutions. The tool explains the key components of the hazard identification process, which include information collection, observation of the workplace, investigation of incidents, employee participation and prioritizing hazards.