Safety Training

Definition - What does Safety Training mean?

Safety training is the instruction of workers regarding the risks and dangers related to industry activities. Government regulating bodies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), require employers in construction trades to instruct employees about safety issues on a regular basis.

There are many hazards to avoid in open trenching as well as in trenchless construction trades.

Trenchlesspedia explains Safety Training

OSHA requirements are clear. Section 1926.21, Safety Training and Education was written to ensure that programs exist for the “recognition, avoidance and prevention of unsafe conditions in employment” covered by the regulations. Employer responsibility includes the following:

“The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.”

The particular subjects for instruction will vary according to the construction project. Special concern is attached to “poisons, caustics, and other harmful substances” as well as the handling and use of “flammable liquids, gases, or toxic materials”.

Trenchless construction topics include manhole safety, enforcement of work zones, handling of machinery, and the use of protective systems in the entrance and exit pits.

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