Workplace Safety 101


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Course Description

This course focuses on workplace safety, health, and inspection. Throughout this course you will learn what workplace safety is, why it is important and how it affects a business.
 
Common areas of workplace safety are discussed, including office safety, workplace hazards, and other areas. Additionally, you will learn preventative measures to help create a safer work environment which will benefit everyone.  We will also deal with  mental health issues, workplace violence, health and wellness initiatives, and drug free workplaces. You will also learn the ins and outs of conducting a routine inspection, filing reports, and the importance of creating a workplace safety committee.
 
Tips, lists, suggestions, and helpful tools will be provided so by the time you finish this course you will have a thorough understanding of what is involved in workplace safety and how to create a safer and healthier work environment.
Welcome to the world of workplace safety, health, and inspection. By the time you complete this course, you will have a clear understanding of what is involved in these issues. Throughout the lessons in this course, you will be introduced to what workplace safety is, and why it is important. You also will learn about specific areas, such as office safety, workplace hazards, preventative measures, outdoor workplace safety, routine inspections, reporting accidents, and creating a safety committee. This course will touch on all the main areas of the subject matter so that by the time you finish, you will have a well-rounded understanding of the issues involved. As you work your way through the course, you will find additional tips, tools, and links that can help enhance your learning experience. We hope you enjoy the course!
 
What is workplace safety?

Years ago when people went to work in America there were no laws or guidelines in place to protect the workers. People of all ages could be on the job for many hours at a time, they could be exposed to hazardous chemicals that could put their lives in danger, or they could even be injured on the job because of the lack of proper safety measures being taken.

Over the last couple of decades, great strides have been taken to help make workplaces much safer. There have been laws passed that are designed to help do that, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. These laws have been enacted in an effort to combat the workplace safety issues that the country was experiencing.
 
Why It Is Necessary

Just because there have been laws put on the books to help fight workplace injuries, this doesn't mean they don't occur. Workplace safety remains a very critical issue today in all businesses across the country. Workplace injuries and illnesses can not only be detrimental to the health of the employee, but it can also result in a great deal of expense for the employer. The insurance liability issues, combined with time off work and lost productivity, can cost businesses thousands per year. It is in their best interest to try to combat the issue and reduce the instances of workplace injury or illnesses.

What type of injury or illness can take place in the workplace? That's largely influenced by the type of work that is being done. Those working in factories may be exposed to dangerous machinery, construction workers exposed to the elements, and those in office settings exposed to electrical wiring from computers. Every type of workplace setting, from hospitals to hotels, has risks that are present for their employees. The goal is to identify what those risks might be and take preventative steps to help lower the incidence of injury and illness.
Common Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, below are the most commonly reported workplace safety conditions:
  • Sprains and strains are the most common type of injury and illness in the workplace each year. A sprain is a ligament injury that is caused by excessive stretching. The most common type happens to the ankle or knee.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a condition that is brought on by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. This painful condition goes from the hand to the forearm and creates a painful burning and tingling sensation.
  • Workplace falls, due to floors, ground surfaces, and walkways.

 

When it comes to who is being injured on the job, the records show the highest number of reported injuries and illnesses were from those working in labor, freight, stock, and material-mover positions. After that, heavy- and tractor-trailer truck drivers, nurse's aides, orderlies, and attendants experienced the most injuries and illnesses per year. Other important facts about workplace safety include:

  • Those between the ages of 20 to 24 have the highest incidence rate, while those over the age of 65 have the least.
  • The older the person is that is injured, the more time they are usually away from work because of it.
  • Men account for 64 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses.
The History of Workplace Safety

Many people who are vaguely familiar with workplace safety have heard of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Across the country it is common to see posters about this law up on the walls of break rooms. When the act was formed, it changed workplace safety issues, as the mission was to protect people from being hurt on the job.

The act established the first federal program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was nationwide, and focused on protecting people from workplace injury, illness, and death.

Since its inception, the laws have undergone quite a few changes and have adapted to meet the needs of the American worker. Additions have been put in place to cover such issues as protective equipment, chemical exposure limits, confined spaces, hazard communications, bloodborne pathogens, and exposure to asbestos, among other things. It is likely that changes will continue into the future as well, to keep up with the ever-changing workplace setting and worker expectations.

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Lesson 1 - An Introduction to Workplace Safety, Health, and Inspection

This first lesson focuses on workplace safety, health, and inspection -- and why it's important and how it got started. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Poll: Workplace Safety Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment - Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson One : An Introduction to Workplace Safety, Health and Inspection

Lesson 2 : Office Safety

This lesson focuses on safety in the office, including how it relates to computers, being organized and neat, and taking security measures. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Ventilation
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment - Office Safety
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Two : Office Safety

Lesson 3 - Workplace Hazards

This lesson focuses on common hazards in the workplace, including asbestos, as well as fire safety and hazard communication. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Three : Workplace Hazards

Lesson 4 - Other Workplace Safety Issues

This lesson will focus on some other workplace safety issues, such as fatigue, posture and working the midnight shift. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Take Poll: Fatigue
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Four : Other Workplace Safety Issues

Lesson 5 - Workplace Health

This lesson addresses some workplace health issues, such as fragrances, blood borne pathogens, and hand hygiene. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Five: Workplace Health

Lesson 6 - Preventative Measures

This lesson focuses on preventative measures that can be taken to help avoid workplace safety issues. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Six: Preventative Measures

Lesson 7 - Outdoor Workplace Safety

This lesson looks at outdoor workplace safety, including working in extreme temperatures and construction zones. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Seven: Outdoor Workplace Safety

Lesson 8 - Company Vehicle Safety

This lesson discusses company vehicle safety, including wearing seat belts, auto insurance, and defensive driving. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eight: Company Vehicle Safety

Lesson 9 - Mental Health in the Workplace

This lesson focuses on mental health issues in the workplace, including anger management, keeping up employee morale, reducing stress, and more. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: factsheet-workplace-violence.pdf
  • Take Poll: Stress
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment - Anger Management
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Nine: Mental Health in the Workplace

Lesson 10 - Corporate Health and Wellness Initiatives

This lesson looks at corporate health and wellness initiatives, including addressing substance abuse, weight loss, and a drug-free workplace. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Ten: Corporate Health and Wellness Initiatives

Lesson 11 - Routine Inspection Practices

This lesson looks at routine inspection practices, including what to look for and monitor. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eleven: Routine Inspection Practices

Lesson 12 - Accident Reporting and Investigation

This lesson is about accidents in the workplace being reported, including filing a report, getting testimony, and workers' compensation. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Sample Report; OSHA Reporting
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Twelve: Accident Reporting and Investigation

Lesson 13 - Creating a Workplace Safety Committee

This lesson focuses on forming a workplace safety committee, covering the process, goals, trends, and training of new employees. 58 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Take Poll: Safety Committe
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Exam
180
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe workplace safety, health and inspection.
  • Define office safety.
  • Recognize workplace hazards and safety issues.
  • Describe proper workplace health.
  • Define preventative measures.
  • Know outdoor workplace safety.
  • Describe company vehicle safety.
  • Know mental health in the workplace.
  • Define corporate health and wellness initiatives.
  • Describe routine inspection practices.
  • Know accident reporting and investigation.
  • Describe creating a workplace safety committee, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Workplace Safety 101
Course Number: 7550195
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
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  • "The entire course was very helpful. In completing this course, I have reviewed safety areas at work...I will be taking more classes. In fact I have signed up for two more already." -- Mary A.
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