OSHA Required Training
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 FrequencyWhen there is a change.
Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):
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 FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):
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.
Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):
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 FrequencyRetraining 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):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hazardous Spills Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Back Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Decontamination Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Indoor Air Quality Training Resources (free):
Heat and Cold Stress
Downloadable Heat and Cold Stress Training Resources (free):
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Exterminator Safety Tips
There are more different kinds of insects than all other animal and plant species combined. That means exterminators must be prepared to handle a lot of different kinds of bugs. Doing research and bringing the right chemical compounds with you the first time will help you to limit your exposure to harsh pesticides over time.
Everywhere you go in the whole world, there will always be some type of bug. No matter how clean and tidy people keep their homes, offices, and businesses, spiders, cockroaches, flies, and even termites are bound to follow. For those who work in extermination, this is great news because business is never slow. But as with any job that has become so common and routine, it can be easy to overlook certain basic precautions one ought to take on every job. Exterminators deal with harsh chemicals and a variety of tools in many different locations. This means that they are at a high risk for injury and illness every day. By reviewing some basic means of safety and precaution, they can easily cut down on accidents and know how to better respond during an emergency.
Know your surroundings—Exterminators do their work in not one place, but several different places a day. Meaning the safety procedures are constantly changing.
- When in office buildings or construction zones pay particular attention to emergency exits and evacuation procedures.
- Keep your equipment organized and with you at all times. Never let any clients touch your equipment or play with it, and never leave it lying around to become a tripping hazard.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it in the event of a small fire breaking out.
- Never lift more than you can handle. Ask for help from a colleague and always employ proper lifting techniques to save your back from unnecessary strain.
- Pay close attention to the structures you are investigating for evidence of bugs. This can sometimes require crawling under houses or on roofs. Watch out for sharp objects and debris in these areas.
- Make sure others are aware of your location in case you get stuck or trapped.
- Always use an appropriate ladder if investigating something up high, and never stand on the top of a ladder.
Use the proper gear—even “green” pesticides can be harmful to your health after long periods of exposure. Make sure you are taking every precaution when handling these chemicals.
- Always use the appropriate mask that is strong enough to filer out hazardous gasses.
- Protect your eyes with the use of safety goggles.
- Make sure you have gloves that are thick enough to protect you hands from any chemicals that might spill or splash over.
- Never wear loose clothing that could get caught on something when inspecting a home of office.
- Make sure any electrical tools you use have good power cords that haven’t been frayed or damaged.
Drive safely—moving from one location to the next all day long means lots of time on the road.
- Always obey traffic laws and signs.
- Never speed.
- Keep an eye out for other drivers on the road, practice defensive driving whenever possible.
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