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Correctional Officer Safety Training

The duties of a correctional officer are demanding both physically and emotionally.There are many, many reasons a person might have ended up in a correctional facility, and the officers who patrol them have to be ready to deal with them all. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Correctional Officers.

OSHA Required Training

HazCom / GHS OSHA Regulation: 1910.1200(h)

When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:

Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):

  • HazCom / GHS Powerpoint

  • HazCom / GHS Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HazCom / GHS Training Videos (paid):

  • HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • GHS Safety Data Sheets Training Video by Atlantic Training

  • HazCom (GHS) in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:

When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA Regulation: 1910.1030(g)(2)

When OSHA Requires Bloodborne Pathogens Training:

Required for employees that may be occupationally exposed to blood or potentially infectious materials. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Powerpoint

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos (paid):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in First Response Environments by Atlantic Training

Electrical OSHA Regulation: 1910.332

When OSHA Requires Electrical Training:

When an employee faces the risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by engineering controls. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

None specified.

Downloadable Electrical Training Resources (free):

  • Electrical Safety Awareness Training Powerpoint

  • Electrical Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Electrical Training Videos (paid):

  • Electrocution Hazards In Construction Environments PART I by Atlantic Training

  • Electrocution Hazards In Construction Environments PART II by Atlantic Training

  • Electrical Safety by Summit Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Wellness & Fitness

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Wellness & Fitness Training Resources (free):

  • Wellness & Fitness Powerpoint

  • Wellness & Fitness Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Wellness & Fitness Training Videos (paid):

  • Wellness and Fitness by Atlantic Training

  • Shiftwork Fatigue by Atlantic Training

  • Employee Wellness Taking Care Of You by Coastal Training / DuPont

CPR & AED

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable CPR & AED Training Resources (free):

  • CPR & AED Powerpoint

  • CPR & AED Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

CPR & AED Training Videos (paid):

  • CPR 2000 by Atlantic Training

  • CPR And AED: The Chain Of Survival by Coastal Training

  • Adult Child and Infant CPR and AED by Atlantic Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

4.206% Annual Injury Rate

Correctional Officer Safety Tips

Quick Tip

Stress is one of the most severe aspects of the profession of correctional officer. It can be hard to leave such a difficult job behind, but vacations, exercise, and even regular massages can help you to relieve some of the stress and pressure.

The duties of a correctional officer are demanding both physically and emotionally. There are many, many reasons a person might have ended up in a correctional facility, and the officers who patrol them have to be ready to deal with them all. From physical to psychological violence, the close quarters of these facilities mean high tension and the possibility for many problems. Correctional officers have to keep their wits about them to protect both themselves and the well being of those in their charge. There are a few simple procedures that people in this profession can follow to make sure that they are doing everything in their power to ensure everyone’s safety.

In the facility

  • Know the standard safety procedures of the facility. In the event of a major emergency, such as a fire, the inmates will be looking to you for what to do. Know proper evacuation procedures and protocols well, so that you can get yourself and everyone else to safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Part of the job is monitoring the activity of inmates, but also pay close attention to walkways and emergency exits. Don’t let clutter or mess become a hazard that will prevent people from following emergency procedures.
  • Don’t leave any areas unsupervised, and always move through the facility with caution.
  • Communicate with other officers. A team of officers that communicate well will work better and command better respect from those they are in charge of.

When working with inmates

  • Documentation is key to the safety of your position. Always file the proper reports and follow all standards and procedures to the letter. They are in place to protect you.
  • Remain professional. Constant contact with inmates can lead to difficult interactions; staying professional at all times will increase your authority and help to keep you safe.
  • Know the inmates, and the potential dangers that are present in the facility. Research will help you to be informed about any potentially dangerous situations you are going into.
  • Protect your weapons at all times. Pepper spray, nightsticks, and even guns might be a part of your gear. Keep them in working condition and safe at every moment.
  • Carefully consider all risks. Never enter into a potentially dangerous situation that you might not be able to handle. If there is a possibility you will be overpowered or overcome, get help.

Stay Healthy

  • Get plenty of rest. Don’t let fatigue affect your ability to concentrate and stay aware on the job.
  • Eat well, and exercise to help support your immune system from the close, cramped quarters you will be working in every day. Never go to work sick, as you might easily infect the inmate population.
  • Be mentally prepared for the stress of the job.

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