What OSHA training is required?

There are a handful of trainings that is required to all employees, no matter their job or sector they are working in. All employers are required to train workers on accident prevention signs and tags, the facility’s emergency action plan, and the fire prevention plan. All new employees also must be trained for these as well as any applicable training sessions.

Hazard Specific Training

The following are training sessions employers are required to have for specific hazards:

  • Asbestos Training: There are a few different levels of asbestos training including Asbestos Abatement Training, Asbestos Awareness Training, and Asbestos Operations and Maintenance training. Workers who need to receive this training include employees exposed to asbestos and employees potentially exposed to asbestos.
  • Lockout/Tagout Training: Any employees who may maintain or service equipment should be trained in the proper lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Personal Protective Equipment Training: Any employees who are required to wear PPE or may don PPE when working with hazards must receive training. This training will include the procedure of putting on and taking off PPE, how to maintain and store PPE, and the limits of PPE.
  • Powered Industrial Trucks: Any worker that will operate a forklift will need to receive the powered industrial truck training. This training includes topics such as surface conditions, load manipulation pedestrian traffic, narrow aisles, and more.
  • Fall Protection Training: Workers who are exposed to heights or have the potential to fall will need to be train on fall protection equipment.

For a full list of training requirements, please look at OSHA’s guidebook on Training Requirements in OSHA Standards.

It is important to keep documentation of training. Different training programs have a different set of requirements, but all training programs have a few components included. This includes recording the subject of training, the name and signature of the trainer, the date the training took place, and what is called proof of competency. It is a good rule of thumb to document more than OSHA’s requirements.


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