OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires Ladder / Stairway Training:Employees that are required to use ladders or stairways should be trained on the hazards associated with their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyProvide retraining so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired from the training.
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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 FrequencyNone specified.
Downloadable Electrical 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):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):
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Annual Injury Rate
Home Service Technician Safety Tips
A gas appliance that has malfunctioned may be leaking harmful gases into the residence. Make sure that the room with the gas appliance is properly ventilated. Open a window or door before you start working. Always avoid generating a spark near a potential leak.
There are many devices in the home that often require regular maintenance. Air conditioners, stoves, furnaces, and electrical equipment can break at any moment and cause major problems for a household. When this happens, people expect fast results to get their lives back on track, and so home service technicians often have to travel great distances throughout a workday and handle a variety of different equipment. Being well versed in different types of maintenance and moving from place to place makes them particularly vulnerable to accidental injury, but there are a few basic safety measures home service technicians can adopt to make sure that they are doing their work efficiently and effectively while keeping themselves and everyone around them safe.
Know Your Surroundings
- Always evaluate each new workspace for potential safety concerns and hazards. Garages, basements, and attics are often filled with that can get in the way of a quick exit in case of emergency.
- 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 where children might pick it up.
- 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, and always employ proper lifting techniques to save your back from unnecessary strain on your back.
- 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.
- Never bring flammable materials or liquids near gas appliances.
- Don’t let anything get close enough to a gas appliance that it interrupts the normal flow of air.
Use Proper Gear
- Make sure any electrical tools you use have good power cords that haven’t been frayed or damaged.
- Always use the appropriate mask that is strong enough to filer out hazardous gasses.
- Protect your eyes with the use of safety goggles in dusty environments or when working with air conditioning ducts.
- Always obey traffic laws and signs.
- Never speed.
- Keep an eye out for other drivers on the road, practice defensive driving whenever possible.
- Be sure that all electrical cables and extension cords are new. Never use frayed or old electrical cables.
- Never work on electrical equipment in a room where there is moisture present.
- Always assume that a wire or circuit is “live”. This mentality will help you to avoid shock and electrocution.
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