Indiana OSHA Training
An official OSHA card from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) benefits Indiana workers in any industry, from the medical field to theme parks, manual labor and construction. Completing OSHA Outreach training to earn an OSHA card is a low-cost way to improve your resume for future job opportunities.
Indiana Labor Laws
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) covers almost all public and private-sector employees, exempting federal employees, the United States Postal Service, private-sector maritime employees and certain agricultural operations (the field sanitation standard and temporary labor camp).
IOSHA is made up of two divisions, the Industrial Compliance Division and the Construction Safety Division. Additionally, IOSHA has a Whistleblower Protection Unit that maintains the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Act's standards. You can file a whistleblower complaint form and a safety or health complaint form on the state website, where you can also search for companies to determine if they have had any past IOSHA inspections or violations.
One of IOSHA's top priorities is providing information and resources to ensure worker safety and health in the agriculture industry, where one of every five of Indiana's workplace fatalities occurred in 2010. Visit IOSHA's agricultural safety page for more information on this matter.
IOSHA also maintains Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) to promote workplace safety and health. These programs establish cooperative workplace relationships, and VPP approval is OSHA's way of recognizing the efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health programs.
Indiana Top OSHA Violations
Recently, Indiana's leading cause of workplace fatalities has been related to transportation and material moving. Though there can be many causes for this type of tragedy, backover, which occurs when a reversing vehicle hits a worker behind it, is common yet easily preventable. Nationwide, more than 70 workers were killed in this manner in 2011.
The most cited standard, which also receives the highest penalties, is for fall prevention in construction. Falls commonly cause serious work-related injuries and deaths, and OSHA has many guidelines to help prevent them.
Construction professionals should know that the Indiana General Assembly repealed the Indiana Common Construction Wage Act (Indiana's Prevailing Wage Law) effective July 1, 2015. For more information, visit the Common Construction Wage Home page.
Further Reading and Resources
- For more information about the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, see IOSHA's website
- For more information about and ways to prevent backover, OSHA has a site that addresses the issue
- For more details on workplace injury and illness statistics, visit the Indiana Department of Labor website
Online OSHA courses provide fast and efficient training for workers. While classroom courses are offered throughout the state, online OSHA Outreach training guarantees high-quality, interactive education for every student, with downloadable lesson reviews, course trainer access and 24/7 live customer support.
Offered through the American Safety Council, these courses 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.
Indiana Courses Online
- OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training
- OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training
- OSHA 30-Hour Construction Training
- OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Training
- OSHA 1926 Standards Training
- OSHA 1910 Standards Training
What You Get
- Instantly Downloadable Certificate
- Official OSHA Card
- Email Access to OSHA-Authorized Course Trainer
OSHA's purpose is to provide safe conditions for workers. OSHA sets very broad and general regulations that most businesses must followed, 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. Boosting morale, it reduces turnover and the time and resources spent on recruiting and training replacements. It reduces productive workers' time away from the job due to injury and illness. This is all in addition to helping protect you from OSHA's retribution, as it can levy heavy fines for not following the standards presented in American Safety Council's OSHA courses.