OSHA Announces Interactive Training Webtool to Assist Small Businesses Identify Workplace Hazards
On June 22, 2014, OSHA announced a new interactive training tool to help small businesses effectively identify hazards in the workplace. According to the announcement, 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 about hazard abatement and control.
Through the hazard identification tool, users reportedly learn to identify realistic, common hazards from the perspective of either a business owner or an employee, and how to address them with practical and effective solutions. The tool explains the key components of the hazard identification process, which includes information collection, observation of the workplace, investigation of incidents, employee participation and prioritizing hazards.