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OSHA makes safety training ruling

Employers in Texas and throughout America must offer safety training to any workers who may face hazards on the job. Generally speaking, they may use computers as part of employee training efforts. While these can help workers learn important skills, OSHA says that computer or online training courses are not acceptable on their own. Instead, workers must be taught skills such as putting on protective equipment in an interactive and physical setting.

According to OSHA, not allowing workers to train with qualified professionals can make it harder for them to learn important safety lessons. By working with professional trainers, workers can learn new skills or ensure that they have not forgotten skills learned in the past. Furthermore, trainers can help to correct any mistakes that a worker may be making. However, OSHA has said that it may be acceptable to offer online training as long as workers have access to a trainer if they have any questions.

Furthermore, the hotline or similar tool must allow instant or timely access to the person who will be answering employee questions. OSHA says that delayed interaction between a worker and trainer may reduce the effectiveness of a training course. It is important to note that OSHA made a similar ruling over two decades ago regarding the use of computers as part of an overall workplace safety training program.

Those who are hurt in an on-the-job accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation may help to pay for medical bills or other costs related to missing work or not being able to return to work. An attorney may be able to review a case to determine if an employer was egregiously negligent in failing to mitigate dangerous conditions that led to the accident.

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