How 5 Minutes a Week Can Reduce OSHA Headaches
Originally published by: National Framers Council — July 8, 2015
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Ease of understanding and retention of training is paramount in jobsite safety. Consistent and continuous training is necessary in order to have an effective training system. Furthermore, OSHA requires weekly safety training as part of a compliant jobsite safety program. Toolbox Talks are a key component in harnessing the benefits of safety training and maintaining an OSHA-compliant program. Taking five minutes a week to highlight common workplace safety issues and general tips for a safe, efficient jobsite can transform the safety culture of a jobsite, while greatly reducing the risk of an OSHA fine should an OSHA inspection occur.
The NFC’s FrameSAFE Safety Program Template currently includes 37 Toolbox Talks, with many more in the works. Pulled from the FrameSAFE Manual, Toolbox Talks are one-page training sheets that include space for employee documentation to further aid in OSHA compliance. All include as many graphics as possible with written descriptions in both English and Spanish to summarize main points.
In addition, FrameSAFE includes a series of 21 Safety Posters that correspond with the Toolbox Talks. These 11x17 posters can be printed and displayed on the jobsite for daily reminders. Posters also incorporate plenty of pictures and feature English and Spanish descriptions.
The goal of the NFC Safety Committee has been to use their own jobsite safety and OSHA inspection experiences to help others in the framing industry have positive outcomes every day. To this end, the committee plans to cover at least 52 separate topics in the FrameSAFE Toolbox Talk series, with supporting Safety Posters as applicable, to provide framers with easy access to weekly training that is based on framing industry best practices.
FrameSAFE is more than just a safety manual; it is a training tool that workers and employers can use to find everything they need in one product, with a singular goal – that every framer on the jobsite goes home healthy and happy each day.
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