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UT CIS OSHA Consultant Bryan Lane presented an OSHA 10 course on July 24th, 2020, but this training was unique in that it was Lane’s first time delivering the course virtually.
“I did not know what to expect,” says Lane of the training. “We conducted the training using Zoom from the UT CIS Nashville training room. The customer, Panolam, joined in from their Morristown, TN and Auburn, ME facilities.”
OSHA 10 is traditionally an in-person training that provides workers and safety supervisors with an opportunity to discuss how the facility’s safety culture can help avoid some of OSHA’s most cited safety violations in a confidential environment. It's particularly useful for those who are just entering the safety field and would like a better understanding of what is required and where to start. Course subject matter covers the following topics:
Certain subjects have been added to the curriculum in the past few months to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, including new health and safety COVID-19 implications in a participant’s current facility and safe work practices.
The online training provides an option that is flexible and permits facilities to schedule an OSHA 10-hour training program that accommodates their facility production schedules. Lane can additionally provide a virtual walk-around audit for workers and supervisors in companies with multiple locations nationwide.
This virtual offering will not be the new standard for UT CIS OSHA courses, though. An online OSHA 10 training is only available to participants when a facility will not allow visitors in - such as the trainer - or the employees are not allowed to travel. Lane explains, “the exception requests are not to be granted solely for convenience – rather because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.”
Online or in-person, Lane and the UT CIS team have worked hard to ensure that all Health, Safety & Emergency Preparedness courses are delivered in the most effective way possible while ensuring the safety of the participants and the instructor. Lane explains that this virtual OSHA 10-hour training continues to provide the same valuable curriculum as its in-person counterpart and allows participants the opportunity to talk about their concerns with an experienced safety and health consultant.