Oregon OSHA launched a free Spanish-language online training course to help employers and workers fulfill the agency’s requirements to eliminate fall hazards, prevent falls and ensure that workers who do fall do not die.
The course, “Fundamentals of Fall Protection,” is designed to supplement employers’ fall protection training programs. It provides an overview of the rules, features interviews with experts and provides links to more resources. Moreover, the course defines what fall protection means, walks viewers through fall protection options, delves into equipment inspection and maintenance and shows viewers how to begin using fall protection.
Offering the course in Spanish is part of Oregon OSHA’s ongoing work to build on longstanding initiatives such as the PESO bilingual training program and other Spanish-language computer-based training. And it follows the division’s first-ever Spanish-language safety conference, presented last fall.
“Understanding how to protect yourself in a hazardous workplace can be challenging at the best of times, but doing so when English is not your first language presents another barrier,” said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA. “The Spanish version of our ‘Fundamentals of Fall Protection’ course aims to help break down that barrier and increase on-the-job safety.”
The Spanish-language fundamentals course, which includes the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion, is available online.
Learn about Oregon OSHA’s education and training services: https://osha.oregon.gov/edu/Pages/index.aspx