A client of ours recently asked how many hours of safety training employees should receive each year. The answer, much like other things in life, is “it depends.”
Training requirements are influenced by a number of factors including industry type, the regulatory environment, employee tenure and senior management commitment. For example, new employees tend to have higher incident rates than their more experienced colleagues and may need extra training as part of the on-boarding process.
- Based on our experience at UL Workplace Health & Safety, we have found that time committed to safety training varies greatly. In addition to mandatory OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 30-hour training courses, many employers provide customized training and also are moving toward the adoption of mobile applications that support moment-of-need safety training.