Department of Labor and Industry

Independent Contractor Central Unit

Requirements and Recommendations

 

Every Employer Shall Establish, Impliment and Maintain an Educational Based Training Program Which Shall, at a Minimum:

1. Provide each new employee with a general safety orientation containing information common to all employees and appropriate to the business operations, before they begin their regular job duties.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The orientation should contain both oral and written instruction and include, but not be limited to, information on:

  • accident & hazard reporting procedures
  • emergency procedures
  • fire safety
  • first aid
  • personal protective equipment
  • work site hazards

2. Provide job or task-specific safety training appropriate for employees before they perform that job or task without direct supervision.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The training should:

  • Include specific safety rules, procedures and hazards
  • Identify the employer's and employee's responsibilities regarding safety in the workplace
  • Be conducted by personnel knowledgeable of the task being trained
  • Be conducted when program is established, when employees job assignments change, when new substances are introduced to the workplace, and when a new hazard is identified

3. Offer continuing regular refresher safety training.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The training should:

  • Be held as is appropriate, but at least annually
  • Contain material to maintain and expand knowledge and awareness of safety issues in the workplace

4. Provide a system for the employer and their employees to develop an awareness and appreciation of safety through tools such as newsletters, periodic safety meetings, posters, and safety incentive programs.

5. Provide periodic self-inspection for hazard assessment when the safety program is implemented, new worksites are established, and thereafter as is appropriate to the business operations, but at least annually, which:

  • Identifies hazards and unsafe work practices or conditions
  • Identifies corrective actions needed; and
  • Documents corrective action taken

6. Include documentation of performance of activities listed in (1) through (5) above. This documentation must be kept by the employer for three years.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Documentation should include:

  • Date, time, location and description of training, inspections, and corrective actions
  • List of participants, i.e. inspectors, trainers, participants