Illinois OSHA Training

Having an OSHA card is an asset to those working in any industry, from the medical field to theme parks, to manual labor and construction. Even if it's not required for your current employment, for a low cost it is beneficial for you to have OSHA hazard recognition training on your resume for jobs in and outside the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Public Employee Only (PEO) State Plan, which is administered and maintained by the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), covers public employees in the state. Private employers and federal agencies must follow national OSHA standards. For more information, see IDOL's website: http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/

Online OSHA training has made it easier for workers to get training fast and efficiently. While classroom courses are offered throughout the state, online OSHA hazard recognition training guarantees high-quality, interactive education for every student, with downloadable lesson reviews, course trainer access, and 24/7 live customer support. These courses are offered through the University of California San Diego Extension International Safety Education Institute and American Safety Council and can be completed on your time, stopped and resumed as often as you want. Choose from the courses below to learn more about OSHA training available for your area.

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Illinois OSHA Courses Online

Illinois Trends

One of the top initiatives for IDOL is ensuring the safety of rides and attractions at amusement parks. To protect the public from unsafe rides, each one must be inspected before they are used for the first time, and annually afterwards. For more information on these, see IDOL's page on the topic: http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/laws/law85.htm

The leading cause of workplace fatalities in Illinois in 2011 was related to transportation and material moving. Though there can be many causes for this type of tragedy, one of the most common and easily preventable is a backover, when a vehicle is backing up and strikes a worker behind the vehicle. Nationwide, more than 70 workers were killed in this manner in 2011. For more information and ways to prevent backovers, OSHA has set up a site dealing with the issue: http://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/backover/index.html

For more details on illnesses and injuries related to the workplace, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reports online. You can find them here: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/epi/odrrpt.htm

OSHA Guidelines

OSHA's purpose is to provide safe conditions for workers. This includes very broad and general regulations that must be followed by nearly all businesses, as well as more detailed standards for specific industries, from construction to cosmetology and beyond. Receiving OSHA training has benefits beyond meeting requirements and keeping employees safe. It leads to healthier employees with more ease of mind, which increases productivity. It increases morale, which reduces turnover and the need for time and resources spent on recruiting and training replacements. And it lessens time away from the job by productive workers due to injury and illness. This is all in addition to helping protect you from retribution by OSHA or IDOL who can levy heavy fines for not following the standards presented in the courses.

Currently, the most cited standard, and also the one receiving the highest penalties, is for fall prevention in construction. Falls are one of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths, and OSHA has many guidelines for helping to prevent them. For more information on this dangerous but preventable problem, see OSHA's center on Fall Protection: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/index.html

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