3: OSHA Spanish-Language Training Resources
OSHA Directorate of Training and Education
The OSHA Directorate of Training and Education develops policy and
implements programs designed
to educate and train students in the recognition, avoidance and
prevention of unsafe and unhealthful
OSHA's Training Institute now offers
Spanish Safety Training Videos to OSHA outreach trainers in subjects that include electrical safety, trenching and
shoring, lockout/tagout, and personal protective equipment through its
Resource Center Loan Program.
OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers are regionally
located training centers throughout the United States that offer a wide
range of safety and health classes. OSHA has doubled the number of
training centers and increased the courses they offer in Spanish,
emphasizing the #500 and #501 courses for workers.
OSHA Outreach Training Program is OSHA's primary way to train employees in the basics of
occupational safety and health. Through the program, individuals who complete a one-week OSHA
trainer course are authorized to teach 10-hour or 30-hour courses in construction or general
industry safety and health standards. Authorized trainers can receive OSHA course completion
cards for their students. Trainer and student classes are taught throughout the country, and
an inventory of Spanish-speaking trainers is maintained.
Susan Harwood Training Program offers funds to nonprofit
organizations to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid, and
prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces.
Grantee Produced Training Material. Materials developed by Harwood
grantees available in English, Spanish, and other languages.
Roadway Safety Awareness Program provides an overview of common
hazards in highway and road construction and simple prevention measures.
It is designed for use by supervisory personnel with some safety and
health experience or by safety and health personnel to orient new workers
as they arrive on the jobsite. This material was produced under grant
number DTFH61-06-G-00007 from OSHA and was developed by the joint efforts of
Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA), American Road
and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), National Asphalt Pavement
Association (NAPA), and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).
The program contents are available in both English and Spanish.
Organizations can work cooperatively with OSHA through its many cooperative programs, including OSHA's
Alliance Program. Further, there are
numerous national and regional/area office Alliances that have a
outreach and training component. Please be sure to contact the
OSHA national office or your
Regional Alliance Program Coordinator
for additional Alliance Program information.
The following are electronic compliance tools that have either been
translated into Spanish or contain Spanish-language resources.
- Construction: Preventing Fatalities.
Despite its high fatality rate, construction work can be performed
safely when workers are aware of the hazards and follow an effective
safety and health
program. This eTool will help you identify and control the hazards that
commonly cause the
most serious construction injuries.
- Ergonomics: Sewing and Related Procedures.
This eTool provides examples of ergonomic hazards
and solutions specific to workers in the sewing industry.
Poultry Processing Industry.
This eTool provides numerous Spanish-language compliance assistance
resources related to the poultry processing industry.
Regional and Area Offices
The OSHA regional/area offices
are available to assist employers and Hispanic workers in outreach,
education, and training. Further, OSHA has designated regional
Diverse Workforce/LEP Coordinators to assist employers with outreach, education and training
to their Spanish-speaking workforce. Please contact your
regional coordinator for additional information.
Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health
outreach and training programs. OSHA approves and monitors
state programs and
provides up to 50 percent of an approved plan's operating costs. A number of state plan states
Spanish-language resources. For
example, Oregon OSHA has developed a new, easy-to-use
PESO Training Program for employers to deliver job safety training to Hispanic workers
though a series of Spanish-language training modules including excavation,
fall protection and hazard communication.