Houston OSHA Industry Training Requirements
At Hendershot Cowart P.C., we frequently work with employers to develop
training programs that comply with general industry training requirements
(1910 requirements), as well as construction training requirements (1926
requirements). Employers that fall within these industries can turn to
us to ensure that they are meeting all OSHA training requirements appropriately.
General Industry Training Requirements You Should Know About
OSHA uses the term "general industry" to refer to every industry
that does not fall under construction, agriculture, or maritime. General
industry regulations are addressed under OSHA Standard 1910 and as such
often referred to as “1910 requirements”. These standards
cover physical aspects of a workplace, such as walking surfaces and fire
protection, as well as workplace activities, such as how to handle hazardous
materials or work safely within confined spaces.
Many OSHA standards also include explicit training requirements to ensure
that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their
work. In its
Training Requirements in OSHA Standards publication, OSHA describes these training requirements “an essential
part of every employer’s safety and health program for protecting
workers from injuries and illnesses.”
Here are a few OSHA training requirements that apply to general industry
- Employers must review OSHA safety programs with employees at the outset
of the plan, when the employee's responsibilities change, and when the
- Employers must inform employees about the hazards of material they handle at work.
- Employees who operate equipment such as working platforms must have the
- Employers must train employees on the proper use of hearing protection
and provide protection to all employees exposed to an eight-hour time-weighted
average of 85 decibels or greater. The employer must pay for this equipment
and offer annual trainings on subjects such as equipment use and hearing loss.
- Employees must be trained in the safe operation of vehicles they utilize.
- Employees should receive refresher trainings every three years to remain
up to date with industry standards and best practices.
- Employers should maintain documentation of training procedures and employee
- Employees exposed to hazardous materials, health hazards, or safety hazards
must receive training for worksite emergency health resources, protective
equipment use, and equipment operation.
- In the absence of a hospital near the worksite, employers must train an
individual on-site to administer emergency aid to employees.
- Managers and supervisors responsible for training new employees must receive
at least 40 hours of initial training themselves.
- Employees must receive training on how to react in emergency situations,
such as when exposed to hazardous materials.
- Depending on the worksite, employers may need to utilize specialist employees
such as first responders and hazardous materials professionals to ensure
How Are Construction Training Requirements Different from General Industry?
In addition to general industry standards, employers within the construction
industry must also comply with industry-specific training requirements.
These range from general safety and health education to occupation-specific
training requirements. Here are just a few examples:
- Contract employers must ensure that contract employees are trained in the
work practices necessary to safely perform his or her job, and document
that each contract employee has received and understood the training.
- All employees working in or around open-surface tanks must be trained on
the related hazards as well as the personal protection and first aid procedures
that apply to those hazards.
- Employers must institute a training program for employees subject to lead
exposure, including initial training at the start of the job assignment
and annual refresher training.
- Employees involved in maintenance activities must be trained in the procedures
applicable to maintaining the ongoing integrity of equipment and how to
perform those procedures safely.
- All employees involved with highly hazardous chemicals need to fully understand
the hazards of the chemicals to themselves, their co-workers, and the
- Only qualified and trained employees shall be assigned to install, adjust,
and operate laser equipment, and must always carry proof of qualification.
- An in-house team must be trained to investigate “near-miss”
incidents that occur in their employer’s facilities.
Get Assistance With Training Compliance from Houston-based OSHA Attorneys
OSHA regulations are complicated and developing a training program that
adequately meets OSHA expectations can be challenging. To arrange a consultation
about OSHA training, call
(713) 489-2028 or
contact our Texas law firm online. In addition to our main offices in Houston, we are available by appointment
only at our offices in Corpus Christi, Austin, Sugar Land, and the Galveston area.