Complete Guide to OSHA Requirements for Annual Refresher Training

Knowledge and skills fade with time. Thus, refresher training is crucial to brush up workers’ safety and health knowledge and help them stay safe. To make it easier for you, we’ve gone through 270 pages of the OSHA 2254 - Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (just updated in 2015), the official training guidance document from OSHA, and put together a quick guide for OSHA required annual training. Note that this applies to both construction and general industries. Check it out below!

OSHA Standard

Annual Refresher Training Requirement

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Occupational Noise Exposure

1910.95

The training program shall be repeated annually for each employee included in the hearing conservation program. Information provided in the training program shall be updated to be consistent with changes in protective equipment and work processes.

 

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Noise and Hearing Conservation

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

1910.120

All employees working on site (such as but not limited to equipment operators, general laborers and others) exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards and their supervisors and management responsible for the site.

Employees, managers and supervisors specified in the paragraph above shall receive eight hours of refresher training annually on the items specified in paragraph (e)(2) and/or (e)(4) of this section, critiques of incidents that have occurred in the past year that can serve as training examples of any related work, and other relevant topics.

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HAZWOPER 2017 Refresher (8-Hour)

Respiratory Protection

1910.134

Retraining shall be administered annually and when the following situations occur: (i) Changes in the workplace or the type of respirator render previous training obsolete; (ii) Inadequacies in the employee’s knowledge or use of the respirator indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill; or (iii) Any other situation arises in which retraining appears necessary to ensure safe respirator use.

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Respiratory Protection Awareness

Fire Brigades

1910.156

The employer shall assure that training and education is conducted frequently enough to assure that each member of the fire brigade is able to perform the member’s assigned duties and functions satisfactorily and in a safe manner so as not to endanger fire brigade members or other employees. All fire brigade members shall be provided with training at least annually. In addition, fire brigade members who are expected to perform interior structural firefighting shall be provided with an education session or training at least quarterly.

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Exit Routes, Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plans

Portable Fire Extinguishers

1910.157

Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage firefighting. (2) The employer shall provide the education required in paragraph (g)(1) of this section upon initial employment and at least annually thereafter. (3) The employer shall provide employees who have been designated to use fire fighting equipment as part of an emergency action plan with training in the use of the appropriate equipment. (4) The employer shall provide the training required in paragraph (g)(3) of this section upon initial assignment to the designated group of employees and at least annually thereafter.

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Portable Fire Extinguishers

Fixed Extinguishing Systems 

1910.160

 

The employer shall train employees designated to inspect, maintain, operate, or repair fixed extinguishing systems and annually review their training to keep them up-to-date in the functions they are to perform.

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Exit Routes, Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plans

Mechanical Power Presses

1910.217

The operator training required by paragraph (f)(2) of this section shall be provided to the employee before the employee initially operates the press and as needed to maintain competence, but not less than annually thereafter.

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Machine Guarding

Asbestos

1910.1001

The employer shall train each employee who is exposed to airborne concentrations of asbestos at or above the PEL and/or excursion limit in accordance with the requirements of this section. The employer shall institute a training program and ensure employee participation in the program. Training shall be provided prior to or at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.

The employer shall also provide, at no cost to employees who perform housekeeping operations in an area which contains ACM or PACM, an asbestos awareness training course, which shall at a minimum contain the following elements: health effects of asbestos, locations of ACM and PACM in the building/facility, recognition of ACM and PACM damage and deterioration, requirements in this standard relating to housekeeping, and proper response to fiber release episodes, to all employees who perform housekeeping work in areas where ACM and/or PACM is present. Each such employee shall be so trained at least once a year.

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Asbestos

Thirteen Carcinogens

1910.1003

The employer shall institute a training program and ensure employee participation in the program. Training shall be provided prior to or at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.

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13-Carcinogens

Vinyl Chloride

1910.1017

A review of this standard at the employee’s first training and indoctrination program, and annually thereafter.

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Vinyl Chloride

Inorganic Arsenic

1910.1018

The training program shall be provided by October 1, 1978, for employees covered by this provision, at the time of initial assignment for those subsequently covered by this provision, and at least annually for other covered employees thereafter.

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Inorganic Arsenic

Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records

1910.1020

Upon an employee's first entering into employment, and at least annually thereafter, each employer shall inform current employees covered by this section of the following:

(i) The existence, location, and availability of any records covered by this section;

(ii)  The person responsible for maintaining and providing access to records; and

(iii) Each employee's rights of access to these records.

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Worker Right to Know

Lead

1926.62

 

The employer shall also provide the training program at least annually for each employee who is subject to lead exposure at or above the action level on any day.

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Lead Awareness in Construction  

Cadmium

1910.1027

Training shall be provided prior to or at the time of initial assignment to a job involving potential exposure to cadmium and at least annually thereafter

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Cadmium

Coke Oven Emissions

1910.1029

 

The training program shall be provided at least annually for all employees who are employed in the regulated area.

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Coke Oven Emissions 

Bloodborne Pathogens

1910.1030

 

Annual training for all employees shall be provided within one year of their previous training.

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Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Hazards

Cotton Dust

1910.1043

The training program shall be provided prior to initial assignment and shall be repeated annually for each employee exposed to cotton dust, when job assignments or work processes change, and when employee performance indicates a need for retraining.

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Cotton Dust

 

Acrylonitrile (Vinyl Cyanide)

1910.1045

Training shall be provided at the time of initial assignment, or upon institution of the training program, and at least annually thereafter.

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Acrylonitrile

Ethylene Oxide

1910.1048

 

Employers shall provide such information and training to employees at the time of initial assignment, and whenever a new exposure to formaldehyde is introduced into the work. The training shall be repeated at least annually.

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Ethylene Oxide

Formaldehyde

1910.1048

Employers shall provide such information and training to employees at the time of initial assignment, and whenever a new exposure to formaldehyde is introduced into the work. The training shall be repeated at least annually.

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Formaldehyde

Methylenedianiline

1910.1050

The employer shall provide employees with information and training on MDA in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1200(h) at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter.

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Methylenedianiline-(mda)

1,3-Butadiene

1910.1051

Training shall be provided prior to or at the time of initial assignment to a job potentially involving exposure to BD at or above the action level or STEL and at least annually thereafter.

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1,3-Butadiene

 

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