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Training Plan Project: EPA and Other Standards

This assignment involves reviewing Carter’s case and then helping his organization by identifying the training needs to meet regulatory and non-regulatory training requirements. By successfully completing this assignment, you should be able to explain safety and health training requirements specified by OSHA, EPA, and other standard setting organizations.

Click  here (SeeAttached)to access a template that contains the case and a table for you to complete. Follow all of the instructions, save all of your work in the template, and submit it in Blackboard for grading.

Unit II Assignment

Instructions: In Unit I, you were asked to identify 10 training requirements for Carter’s Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Company. This assignment involves reading the same case and then helping the organization by identifying additional training needs to meet EPA and non-regulatory requirements. This assignment provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate the following course learning outcome:

1. Explain safety and health training requirements specified by standard setting organizations.

First, review the case about Carter’s Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Company (see Unit I Assignment). Then, complete the table below by using the course textbook and the OSHA publication as a guide before saving all of your work to this document and submitting it in Blackboard for grading.

Instructions for completing the table below: You have been hired by Carter to develop an effective safety training program for his employees. Copy the 10 training requirements from the Unit I Assignment to the table below and then add five more training requirements. At least two must be from the EPA or joint OSHA/EPA requirements, and at least one must be from a non-regulatory source. If needed, add additional OSHA training requirements to bring the total to 15. Carter’s operation will be required to meet more than 15 OSHA standards; however, your job is to identify what you feel are the 15 most important. List the 15 requirements in the order in which they should be developed, and specify which department(s) should receive the training. Then, provide a brief justification (rationale) for each training requirement identified—why is it one of the most important?

Use the course textbook and the following publication as your guide: Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (OSHA Publication No. 2254-07R 2015).

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Course Learning Outcomes for Unit II

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Explain safety and health training requirements specified by standard setting organizations.
1.1 Discuss the role of the Environmental Protection Agency and non-regulatory organizations in

establishing safety training requirements.
1.2 Identify organizational safety training required by EPA standards.
1.3 Identify non-regulatory training needs.

Reading Assignment

Chapter 2: EPA Safety and Health Training Requirements

Chapter 3: NIOSH, ANSI Z490, and Additional Training Requirements

Unit Lesson

A Conversation on the Safety Manager’s Last Day

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Unfortunately, there are still safety professionals who do not want anything to do with Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) standards. For some, it might be due to not understanding that Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) and EPA have been working together for several decades to create a
seamless set of training requirements to help protect workers. It is not too difficult to understand. If EPA has
adopted a rule that exposes workers to hazards, like the requirement to contain hazardous material spills (40
CFR 262), then OSHA establishes the specific training requirements for the protection of workers, as in the
HAZWOPER standard (29 CFR 1910.120).

Safety professionals need to be familiar with EPA standards in order to fully understand the reasons for the
OSHA training requirements. In addition to the hazardous waste rules, OSHA and EPA have worked together
on asbestos and lead worker training. For some workers, such as infectious waste incinerator operators and
pesticide applicators, EPA is the source for the specific training requirements (Stanfill, 2012).


EPA, NIOSH, and Non-Regulatory
Training Requirements

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Non-Regulatory Training Needs

In the first unit, we noted that in addition to regulatory training requirements, organizations should also look to
the specific hazards in the organization that may not be covered by any standards, yet can still result in
serious injury or illness. Hazard surveys and accident reports are two sources for this information. For
example, if an organization is experiencing a significant number of musculoskeletal injuries, it may be an
indicator that training in workplace ergonomics is needed. Do workers know how to adjust their workstations
to fit their body size? Do workers know how to recognize discomfort or injury caused by ergonomic issues?
OSHA has not established a standard that requires ergonomic training, but it is well recognized among safety
professionals that training employees in ergonomic principles is important for preventing serious injuries
(Asfahl & Rieske, 2010; OSHA, n.d.).


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was created, along with OSHA, by the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHAct). Based on its research findings, NIOSH may
recommend new or revised standards to OSHA, including standards for workplace training. NIOSH is a good
source to find training recommendations for hazards that are not currently regulated. NIOSH has established
12 Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that provide continuing education courses for safety
professionals (Coble, 2012). Many organizations also send their supervisors and workers to these courses.
Since 2001, NIOSH has also been involved with the training of emergency responders.

National Consensus Standards

Before the OSHAct, many industries had established their own sets of voluntary safety standards. Some of
these standards were adopted directly into the OSHA standards and immediately went from voluntary to
mandatory. Today, organizations like ANSI, ISO, and NFPA continue to work with industry leaders to develop
and improve safety standards. While consensus standards do not have the force of law, they do provide an
excellent source for the most up-to-date recommendations for workplace safety. Often, the requirements in
current consensus standards exceed the requirements in OSHA, since it takes OSHA many years to issue
new or revised standards. Consensus standards can be updated quickly, as industry and technology evolve.

ANSI Z490.1-2009, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training, was
developed with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to help safety professionals design and
implement effective workplace safety training (Coble, 2012). ANSI Z-490.1 does not contain specific safety
training requirements, but rather outlines a process for administering, developing, and implementing an
organizational safety training program. Since the course textbook was also developed by ASSE, it should not
be a surprise that the process described in the standard is very close to the one outlined in the textbook.

In the first two units of the course, we discussed how to identify training needs. In the next two units, we will
examine how adults learn and discuss some training theories that will lead us to the next steps in our training
program development.


Asfahl, C. R., & Rieske, D. W. (2010). Industrial safety and health management (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River,

NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Coble, D. (2012). NIOSH, ANSI Z490, and additional training requirements. In J. Haight (Ed.), Hazard

prevention through effective safety and health training (pp. 29-44). Des Plaines, IL: American Society
of Safety Engineers.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration. (n.d.). Ergonomics. Retrieved from

Stanfill, C. (2012). EPA safety and health training requirements. In J. Haight (Ed.), Hazard prevention through

effective safety and health training (15-28). Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers.

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Suggested Reading

The following resources provide training requirements and guidance from standard setting organizations:

Environmental Protection Agency. (2015). Asbestos training. Retrieved from

Occupational Safety & Health Administration. (1991). Memorandum of understanding between the

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American National Standards Institute.
Retrieved from

Learning Activities (Nongraded)

Most individual states and many local jurisdictions have their own environmental regulations that match or are
more restrictive than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations. Conduct some research into
what regulations your local community has regarding hazardous waste operations and emergency response.
Prepare a report for your boss that outlines what your organization needs to do to comply with the local
requirements for emergency response training.

Nongraded Learning Activities are provided to aid students in their course of study. You do not have to submit
them. If you have questions, contact your instructor for further guidance and information.

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