For those who are unfamiliar with OSHA abbreviation, it stands for “Occupational Safety and Health Administration”, which is a part of US Department of Labor. OSHA was created in 1970, following the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
OSHA 10 refers to the Ten Hour Training program, which is part of the OSHA Outreach Training program, provided by its authorized trainers. Its obvious purpose is to promote work safety and health, representing a tool that makes workers more knowledgeable and responsible about their rights related to workplace safety and overall hazards.
OSHA 10-hour course is intended for entry-level workers, but there is also an OSHA 30-hour course, for supervisors with more safety responsibility. It offers training based on three industry classifications: construction, marine and general industry.
OSHA 10 training is required in some states and even if it is not, it might still be required in your workplace.
The Department of Labor in Colorado has state-specific regulations about various labor issues (work breaks, compensatory time, termination, holiday pay etc.). Colorado businesses are required to follow a federal safety training guideline, which means that OSHA Outreach training is essential for many businesses in the state. Owning an official OSHA card from the U.S. Department of Labor is definitely a plus for workers in any industry, whether an OSHA training course is required or not.
What do employees want from their employers, when it comes to work safety?
In order to have productive employees, they must be motivated and satisfied with what they do. An employee who gets sick by the working environment can be neither motivated nor satisfied.
According to a study, 90% of employees consider health and safety at work to be of the utmost importance. Employees want to be physically and mentally healthy and feel safe in a company that promotes a culture of work safety. According to the respondents, the three main elements that classify a company in the category of those who are really interested in promoting work safety are: the introduction on the list of benefits of subscriptions to gyms, healthy eating at the office and breaks during the program. Study participants said that these three elements alone would weigh more than other extra-payment benefits.
Why it is good to have healthy employees
On the other hand, safety training is extremely important for employers too. The benefits of companies with healthy employees can be seen at all levels and ultimately translate into productivity and money. As long as employees are unable to perform their duties due to illness or accidents caused by workplace situations, employers pay extra and losses are difficult to quantify.
According to human resources specialists, maintaining employees’ health reduces or eliminates visible and hidden costs in the following situations:
- Work accidents
- Occupational diseases
- Medical leave
- Health insurance
- Stress caused to other employees
- Low morale
- Absences from work
- Staff fluctuations
If you want to find OSHA 10 safety training Colorado courses, search online or go to the Department of Labor`s website. You should be able to find safety associations and education centers spread across the entire state. Here are just a few examples:
- Colorado Safety Association (Denver)
- Rocky Mountain Education Center – OSHA (Lakewood)
- Safety, Inc (Grand Junction)
- MJS SAFETY (Milliken)
- HP&P Safety, Inc. (Aurora)