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Modules: 4
Hours: 2
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 644 Understanding OSHA

Key Topics

  • History of OSHA
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Employee Rights
  • The OSH Act
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Filing a Complaint

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor

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Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - OSHA History

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the events that led to the creation of OSHA and related standards.
  • Describe OSHA's mission and purpose and the components of the OSH Act of 1970.
  • Discuss general employee rights under OSHA law.
  • Discuss the basic OSHA employers responsibilities to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

Module 2 - Employee Rights

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the employee right to know about hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
  • Discuss the employee right to information about injuries and illnesses.
  • Discuss the employee right to raise safety concerns with the employer and OSHA.
  • Discuss the employee right to refuse dangerous work.
  • Discuss the employee right to receive training.
  • Discuss the employee right to examine medical records and receive medical exams.
  • Discuss the employee right to file a complaint to OSHA without fear of retaliation.
  • Discuss the employee right to participate in OSHA inspections.

Module 3 - Employer Responsibilities

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss general employer responsibilities under OSHA.
  • Discuss the specific OSHA employer responsibilities to provide training and PPE.
  • Discuss the employer responsibility to keep injury and illness records.
  • Discuss the employer responsibility to provide medical exams and monitoring.
  • Discuss the employer posting responsibilities.

Module 4 - Standards and Inspections

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Identify the four general industries for which OSHA has created standards.
  • List the most frequently cited OSHA violations.
  • Describe OSHA's organization and coverage.
  • List and discuss the various types of OSHA Inspections.
  • Discuss the citations and associated penalties issued by OSHA.
  • List and describe the steps in the OSHA inspection process.
  • Discuss the ways you can get help within and outside the workplace.

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Course 644 Final Exam

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Additional Resources

  • Intro to OSHA PowerPoint Slides
  • OSHAct of 1970
  • OSHA Field Operations Manual (FOM)
  • Historical Video: The Story of OSHA
  • What is OSHA and How Does it Affect You?
  • OSHA at Work!
  • eLaws - Safety and Health Standards- Department of Labor
  • Has OSHA inspected your company?
  • OSHA On-site Consultation
  • U.S. Department of Labor Facebook Page

Related OSHA News

  • U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Roofing Contractor Settle Lawsuit on Whistleblower Allegations
  • Suterra LLC Graduates from the Oregon OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program


1. Information on the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire was obtained from Cornell University. (2011).

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2011). Introduction to OSHA Instructor Guide.

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (1998). Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines.

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