General Contracting

We say it all the time, “Safety is our top priority,” and it’s true. What do we do to ensure a safe environment? How do we protect our employees and safeguard your project? It all starts with OSHA training.

OSHA, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a government agency that makes workplace safety and health rules. OSHA training brings those rules to your team in an easy-to-digest manner to help them avoid workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses.

Let’s jump in to find out more about the importance of OSHA training and the overall benefits of training for staff and clients.

What is OSHA Training?

OSHA training can help builders gain the knowledge and skills to work safely and efficiently in construction. It is a comprehensive program that covers many topics, including:

  • How to find and avoid hazards at work.
  • How to use and wear safety equipment.
  • How to prepare and act in emergencies.
  • How to communicate and label hazards.
  • How to keep and report records.
  • Following specific rules for different kinds of work, such as digging, building, wiring, welding, etc.

Who Needs OSHA Training?

OSHA training is required for some workers and recommended for others. OSHA states that workers who face hazards must have training to handle them. This includes workers who do:

  • Demolition
  • New Construction
  • Alteration
  • Repair
  • Maintenance
  • Heavy Machinery Driving
  • Handling Dangerous Materials
  • Power Tool Workers
  • Exterior Construction Workers (working in tight or high spaces)

Some states, cities, and contractors may have their own rules for OSHA training. For example, some may ask workers to take a 10-hour or 30-hour course, which gives a general overview of the regulations and best practices. While hiring a construction agency, it’s vital to check the agency’s recommended level of OSHA training.

Benefits of Hiring OSHA-Certified Workers

Hiring an OSHA-certified team of workers offers you many advantages, including:

  • Reduced Risks: OSHA-certified workers know how to identify and avoid workplace hazards. They wear the appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets, gloves, goggles, and boots. The workers also prepare for and act in emergencies, like evacuating, calling for help, and administering first aid while reporting workplace incidents. A company with safety training can reduce the risks of workplace accidents or injuries that harm workers or the project.
  • Improved Quality: An OSHA certification offers the knowledge and skills to work safely and efficiently in construction. Workers follow specific rules and regulations for digging, building, wiring, welding, and other work. They also apply the best practices to ensure the quality and durability of the project. Certified workers will improve the quality of the project and ensure that it meets the building codes and regulations.
  • Increased Productivity: OSHA-certified workers work faster and smarter as they avoid problems and delays. They also cooperate better with other workers, sharing a common language and understanding of safety and health. This allows them to handle any challenges or changes that may arise during the project. Choosing a safety-focused construction partner can increase productivity and save time and money.
  • Enhanced Reputation: A company focusing on OSHA certification shows that it cares about workplace safety. This boosts their reputation and credibility among customers, partners, and authorities. They also help you comply with your legal and ethical obligations. In most cases, peers and the community recognize the quality of work these contractors provide. This makes them the best choice for all construction needs.

GALBRAITH Pre-Design Inc. is a construction company that cares about safety and training. We design, engineer, construct, and maintain facilities that meet our clients every needs and keep our employees safe during construction. Partnering with Butler Manufacturing™, we bring our employees and clients built-in safety systems to reduce employee danger on the job site. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your construction needs!