Telecom communications are an essential part of modern life. The cables and satellites spanning the globe help keep people connected and make businesses run smoothly. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Telecom Technicians.
OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires Lockout Tagout Training:
When an employee works in area that contains machinery that is locked out / tagged out. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change.
Downloadable Lockout Tagout Training Resources (free):
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.
Downloadable Electrical Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Fall Protection Training:
Required for each employee that may be exposed to fall hazards. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change in the workplace or the employer has reason to believe that a trained employee does not have the understanding and skill necessary to perform the job safely.
Downloadable Fall Protection Training Resources (free):
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.
Provide retraining so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired from the training.
Downloadable Ladder / Stairway 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.
Retraining 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 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.
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):
Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Heat Stress Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
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Telecom Technician Safety Tips
The telephone is the most used piece of equipment in the whole world. With so many telephones out there, telecom technicians are kept very, very busy and the workload can become stressful. Keep from getting overwhelmed by your workload by taking your vacations and breaks.
Telecom communications are an essential part of modern life. The cables and satellites spanning the globe help keep people connected and make businesses run smoothly. That’s why the technicians who ensure that these complex structures are working properly are so important. Working on these massive structures can require the use of potentially dangerous tools in addition to driving long distances to get to certain areas in need of repair. These factors open up those in this profession to considerable risks to their personal safety. By remembering some of the most basic guidelines for safety available, telecom technicians will be able to do their job more effectively while avoiding any unnecessary risks.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
- Take special note of any potential hazards in the area where you are working.
- Keep all of your tools organized and together at all times.
- Make sure that people around you are aware you working in the area. Set up traffic cones to alert everyone to your presence.
- When working in a building, know the standard evacuation procedures in case of emergency. Note any emergency exits.
- If you are working outside for long periods at a time, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.
Wear the Proper Personal Protective Equipment
- Protect your eyes with goggles or face shield if necessary.
- Use a mask if dealing with any chemicals that are hazardous to breathe or working in an area that is dusty.
- Use the correct gloves when handling sharp or hazardous products, and make sure that gloves are insulated if you are handling electrical wires or circuits.
- Wear safety goggles if your work requires any drilling or chipping.
- Never wear clothing that is loose or baggy enough to be caught on machines get you stuck.
- Never wear open toed shoes to a job, always opt for steel toed boots that are insulated to guard against electrical currents.
- 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.
Communicate with your co-workers!
- Ask for help if something is too heavy, or beyond your capability.
- If you have any special conditions or allergies that might pose a threat to your health, make sure the people working with you are aware of exactly what to do to help you.
Always drive with caution
- Obey all traffic laws and warning signs.
- Make sure your vehicle has been inspected and has received any necessary maintenance.
- Never speed to your final destination.
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