Employers must ensure that all employees with occupational exposure, also known as “at-risk” employees, participate in an annual in-person training program. The training must be provided at no cost to the employee and offered during working hours. Initially, employers must provide training at the time an employee is given an assignment where occupational exposure may take place. After the initial training, the employee should then receive annual training.
OSHA annual training is a “must attend” for funeral home OSHA compliance officers, managers, owners and anyone who maintains the funeral home’s written communication plan, trains new and continuing employees on-site and advises other staff members on compliance issues.
The New Jersey Funeral Service Education Corporation (NJFSEC) continues to make it easy for funeral firm staff to comply with this requirement. Each year, the NJFSEC schedules Mandatory Funeral Home Training that focuses on what every employee, employer, owner, manager and part-time worker must know to meet OSHA’s safety standards and other requirements.
Seminars provided by the NJFSEC are accredited for continuing education credits. Topics covered include formaldehyde exposure, hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens, paperwork obligations and preventing back injuries in funeral service. A distinct seminar is offered each year in order to provide different CEU programming during the two-year licensure period for the funeral director.
To review a listing of training seminars offered by the NJFSEC, visit www.njsfda.org/events.