How do you learn about workplace safety?


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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the United States Department of Labor, offers over 40 different workplace safety classes as of October 2015. OSHA's class catalog covers a variety of workplace hazards, including ergonomics, machinery, injuries, hygiene and emergency planning. Classes are held throughout the United States.

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Along with classroom courses, Web-based and video training courses are available through OSHA's website. OSHA also offers free workplace safety publications and posts federal workplace health and safety laws and regulations, such the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, on its website.

For small- and medium-sized businesses, OSHA provides free on-site consultation to help businesses create or review their workplace safety programs.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides information related to illness and injury prevention on its website. Topics include disease prevention, chemical exposure and motor vehicle safety.

Both OSHA and NIOSH offer training materials in English and Spanish. Information from the two agencies relates to general industry as well as some specific industries such as construction, maritime, agriculture and healthcare.

States also have workplace safety laws and regulations. In some states, such as Pennsylvania and Washington, the department of labor offers safety training and guidance in designing a company workplace safety program.

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