March 2016

OSHA Compliance: Are You Prepared?

Give your employees and patrons’ peace of mind by staying up-to-date on Occupational Safety and Health Administration acts. OSHA works to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards. This is accomplished by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. 

Isn't Training Staff Expensive Though?

Training doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if online. NSPF recently debuted an ROI (return on investment) Calculator on its new website. It is easy to use and will provide you with an estimate of how much online training can save your company compared to live training. Time is money, and getting a better return on investment means finding the most efficient training option. In conclusion, educating your staff on safety compliance through online training can save you both time and money! To use the ROI Calculator, all you need to know is your number of employees, average hourly wage, number of courses and an email address; check out the calculator now.

Do You Know if You're OSHA Compliant?

The first step in being OSHA Complaint is keeping your workplace free of serious and recognizable hazards. You can do this by taking courses that NSPF offers in our compliance course training page. As you complete these courses, you will realize where your organization or facility is lacking and in need of improvement. Another starting step would be to browse the OSHA website and learn more about what your organization’s category (either construction, maritime, agriculture, recordkeeping, or state plans) can do to follow OSHA laws and regulations.

Questions, reports, complaints, and further information on how to become OSHA compliant can be directed to the OSHA website.

Why do You Need to be OSHA Compliant?

If you aren’t providing your employees with the training to keep them safe, you’re looking at a possible injury for them and a big problem for your organization. Proper safety education in the workplace can mean life or death sometimes. Wouldn’t it be worth taking a few hours of online training?

The top 10 most frequently cited standards are listed below and if you see any of them happening at your workplace, it is best to be trained properly on the standards.

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Electrical, Wiring Methods
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Electrical, General Requirements

Any of these look familiar? If so, maybe it is time to refresh yourself and your employees on keeping the workplace safe!

How Do You Report an Incident?

After checking that everyone is okay and does not need immediate medical attention, the employer has eight hours to report the incident. You can follow further guidelines here. You can also read up on what happens after an incident here

What Type of Training do You Need?

Each organization can fall under a different category, and each category has a different set of recommended training. Check them out below and see what your organization should have in their repertoire. 

Builders          Facilities         Government          Service/Retailers 

Builders

NSPF helps builders prevent accidents and associated liability with over 30 online training courses available to help builders comply with OSHA and other government training requirements.

Recommended Online Training

Facilities

Facility managers and operators wear many hats. They must comply with legal requirements and standards of care. Understanding and reducing risk while attracting and retaining customers at the same time. As always, they need to preserve and maintain the facility. It can seem daunting! But proper training can help manage all of these hats at once. 

Recommended Online Training

Government

Many government agencies focus on preventing injury, illness and death. NSPF plays a critical role in educating and funding research to guide government entities on risk and control methods to protect employees and citizens. The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification training course is the most widely accepted course by environmental health officials. Other NSPF training materials build on the CPO® certification training to better equip health officials to protect citizens and guests in their communities.

Recommended Online Training

Service/Retailers 

Service companies help owners enjoy their pools and spas with minimal risk. NSPF courses help service companies operate more effectively, safely, and in compliance with government regulations. Online courses prevent disruption to the daytime job activities.

Download typical job descriptions below by clicking on the title and schedule online training for all employees that match their job requirements.

 

 

Sales Clerk

Store Manager

Owner/GM

Service Tech

Service Manager

CPO® Certification

 

 

 

X

X

Pool Operator Primer

X

X

X

X

X

Hazard Communication

X

X

X

X

X

Behavior-Based Safety

X

X

X

X

X

Emergency Planning and Emergency 

 

X

X

X

X

Fire Safety

 

X

X

X

X

Aquatic Facility Audits

 

 

 

X

X

Compressed Gas Safety

 

X

 

 

X

Chlorine Safety

 

X

 

X

X

Electrical Safety

 

X

X

 

 

Electrical Safety Work Practices and Standards (NFPA 70E)

 

 

 

X

X

Hand and Power Tools 

 

X

 

X

X

Personal Protective Equipment  

 

X

 

X

X

Sexual Harassment for Employees  

X

 

 

X

 

Sexual Harassment for Managers  

 

X

X

 

X

Discrimination-Free Workplace

 

X

X

 

X

Disability in the Workplace

 

X

X

 

X

DOT Training for Drivers of HAZMAT Shipments  

 

 

 

X

X

Home Pool Essentials

X

X

X

X

X