Step 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 working conditions.
- OSHA's Training Institute now offers 40 different 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.
- The 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.
- The 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.
- OSHA's 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.
- The 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 Hispanic 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 offer 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.