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CSEA leaders and NYS managers can bring these courses to their worksite using the Worksite Training Application Form [pdf].


Safety and Health

Safety and Health courses develop the knowledge and skills needed to promote a safe and healthy work environment. The courses focus on the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the NYS Public Employees Safety and Health (PESH) standards and regulations with an emphasis on the general and construction industries.

Disclaimer: Safety and Health courses provide an overview of several PESH and OSHA regulations. Information provided may constitute part of required training as mandated by PESH and/or OSHA. Unless specifically noted, the Partnership cannot guarantee that the completion of any particular course will result in full compliance with PESH and/or OSHA regulations.

The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to offer safety and health training to NYS agencies and facilities. This training is available with a wide variety of options for small or large facilities.

Training is one component of compliance with a safety regulation. In order for safety and health programs to be implemented and function correctly, both labor and management must be knowledgeable of the regulatory requirements and the program components. Therefore, to maintain an effective safety and health program, an agency must plan to have managers who are responsible for oversight of the safety program and the employees who are exposed to the hazard attend the training. If possible, managers and the employees they supervise should attend together.

Accident Recordkeeping
Asbestos Awareness
Back Injury Prevention
Boiler Safety Awareness
Chainsaw Safety Awareness
Computer Ergonomics Assessor Training
Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
Excavation and Trenching Safety
Fall Prevention and Protection
Forklift Operator Safety
Heavy Equipment Operation Safety
Introduction to Imminent Danger
Lead Awareness
Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls
Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls for the Outdoor Worker
Scaffolding Safety (assembly, use, and disassembly)

Accident Recordkeeping - One Half-Day

This course will discuss the OSHA accident recordkeeping standards adopted by PESH. This program is intended for the New York State workforce and provides information for employees, supervisors and managers on how to comply with record-keeping and reporting standards for occupational injuries and illness. Participants will:

  • Describe the OSHA and PESH requirements of the recordkeeping rule
  • Identify recording criteria
  • Recognize recordkeeping rule criteria
  • Compare important recording rule and recordkeeping forms: PESH Form SH-900 (Injury and Illness Log); SH-900.1 (Injury and Illness Summary); SH-900.2 (Injury and Illness Incident Report)


Asbestos Awareness - 3 Hours

The number of employees who face significant exposure to asbestos on the job exceeds 1.3 million. The largest exposure limits occur in the construction industry. This is due in large part from the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition of older structures. This course provides information on what asbestos is, where it may be found, the health effects on the human body, and how to protect oneself from exposure. Participants will:

  • Learn what asbestos is
  • Identify products and materials that may contain asbestos
  • Understand the health effects of exposure to asbestos
  • Identify the Federal OSHA and New York State PESH regulations that cover asbestos
  • Demonstrate methods to work safely around asbestos


Back Injury Prevention - One Half-Day

This course will discuss medical terminology, the impact of back injuries, and prevention across different work environments. Though the patient care setting will be discussed, Safe Patient Handling is not a main focus of this training. Participants will:

  • Identify job titles and tasks most at risk
  • Recognize common causes of back injuries
  • Assess risk factors at their workplace
  • Identify potential preventative measures
  • Develop a worksite prevention plan


Boiler Safety Awareness - One Half-Day

Working on and around steam distribution systems has many associated risks. This course identifies physical, chemical, and material hazards as well as guidance on managing those risks, avoiding and controlling potential exposures. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the risks and hazards associated with maintaining and repairing hot water and steam distribution systems.
  • Recognize workplace safety controls to minimize exposures and injuries related to hot water and stream distribution systems.
  • Discuss proper use of lockout/tagout, confined space training, and other elements of safe distribution systems utilization and maintenance.


Chainsaw Safety Awareness - One Half-Day

This course is for employees who work with chainsaws. Special emphasis is placed on safe operation and injury prevention. OSHA safety recommendations are highlighted to illustrate the significance and application of key training points. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify safety features of a chainsaw
  • Describe the mechanics of operating a chainsaw
  • Identify how to inspect a chainsaw
  • Explain how to safely operate a chainsaw


Computer Ergonomics Assessor Training - One Half-Day

This training will equip employees with the ability to conduct workstation assessments to reduce injuries and illnesses associated with computer operations. Participants will:

  • Define ergonomics
  • Identify common musculoskeletal disorders
  • Explore other computer-related health effects
  • Recognize risk factors and prevention controls
  • Conduct computer workstation assessments


Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) - One Half-Day

The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard protects approximately 3.3 million employees nationally. The standard was devised to completely isolate energy from equipment during service and maintenance and thus prevent employee injuries or death. This course covers basic causes for energy system and material failure, energy/hazard relationship, and methods of control. Participants will:

  • Recognize the hazards associated with the unexpected start up of equipment or the release of hazardous energy that may occur during the performance of service and maintenance activities
  • Identify the various types of hazardous energy as they apply to machinery and equipment maintenance
  • Understand the general requirements for proper lockout/tagout procedures to de-energize and isolate equipment
  • Understand the requirements for lockout/tagout procedural inspections and employee training


Excavation and Trenching Safety - 1 Day

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. The fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction. OSHA’s Excavation and Trenching standard 29 CFR 1926.650 covers requirements for this type of work. This course reviews key elements of the standard, discusses ways to protect employees against cave-ins, and describes safe work practices. Participants will:

  • Learn the different types of soil
  • Understand the different types of excavations and techniques
  • Identify the hazards associated with trenching and excavation and how to avoid them


Fall Prevention and Protection - 1 Day

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists falls as one of the leading causes of worker injuries and fatalities in the U.S. Each year more than 100,000 injuries are attributed to work-related falls. Falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities for the construction industry. Except for motor vehicles and workplace violence, falls cause more work-related fatalities than all other causes combined. Participants will:

  • Understand the various fall protection requirements in OSHA Regulations 29 CFR 1910 for General Industry and 29 CFR 1926 for Construction governed by PESH
  • Identify common fall hazards and areas in their workplace that may require fall protection
  • Understand the various conventional and specialized fall protection systems and practices
  • Identify guidelines for the application of fall protection systems


Forklift Operator Safety - 1 Day

This course is for lift truck operators and employees who work in close proximity to lift trucks. Special emphasis is placed on safe operation and maintenance of powered hand trucks, lift trucks, and forklifts. OSHA standards are highlighted to illustrate the significance and application of key training points. Participants will:

  • Identify OSHA Powered Industrial Vehicles
  • Understand the mechanics of operating a lift truck
  • Inspect a powered industrial vehicle


Heavy Equipment Operation Safety - One Half-Day

Over 100 people each year are killed by heavy equipment. This course will review the participants’ understanding of OSHA and PESH regulations regarding heavy equipment safety, general construction safety, inspection, maintenance, and operation. Participants will:

  • Identify different types and uses of heavy equipment
  • Explain hazards in using heavy equipment
  • Understand the importance of following manufacturer safety procedures
  • Utilize common hand signals used on a work site
  • Take steps to protect others working around them
  • Conduct a preoperational inspection and checklist


Introduction to Imminent Danger - One Half-Day

From time to time employees may be asked to perform tasks where workplace hazards could put them and others at risk. This course will present information relating to imminent danger situations and assist employees in identifying workplace conditions or practices that could place them at risk. Participants will:

  • Define imminent danger
  • Identify work tasks and conditions that may represent an imminent danger
  • Learn how to address dangerous situations in the workplace
  • Understand the PESH policy and procedure relating to imminent danger


Lead Awareness - One Half-Day

When absorbed into the body in certain doses, lead is a toxic substance. This course will explain how lead gets into the body and how best to minimize exposure. Participants will learn about the immediate toxic effects of lead as well as the serious health effects that may not become apparent until years of exposure have passed. This course is consistent with the OSHA 29 CFR 1926.62 regulation. Participants will:

  • Describe the health hazards associated with lead
  • Identify the proper personal protective equipment when working with lead
  • Explain the basic sampling and removal methods
  • Understand the maintenance procedures needed to minimize exposure


Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls - 1-Hour Webinar

Nearly 25% of all injuries reported by New York State employees in the last five years were the result of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace. These types of injuries are not only the most frequently reported, but they can also be disabling for the employee, and sometimes even fatal. This webinar helps raise awareness of the related hazards and identifies practical ways to protect yourself at work and prevent these incidents from occurring. Participants will:

  • Identify the common causes of slips, trips, and falls
  • Describe how employees and employers can prevent injuries from slips, trips, and falls
  • Understand the impact of slips, trips, and falls on the workplace


Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls for the Outdoor Worker - 1-Hour Webinar

In this webinar, participants will learn about preventing slips, trips, and falls when working outdoors. Topics include common causes, proper footwear, safe pathways, gaits, and appropriate surfaces. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common causes of outdoor slips, trips, and falls
  • Discuss how to choose appropriate shoes for outdoors
  • Describe how to pick the safest outdoor pathway
  • Recognize the common gaits and appropriate surfaces


Scaffolding Safety (assembly, use, and disassembly) - 1 Day

This course enhances employees’ knowledge and skills related to scaffold use and safety. The course is a combination of classroom as well as hands-on training. The classroom portion will cover an introduction to OSHA standards, scaffold hazards, and inspection procedures. Participants will:

  • Recognize the dangers associated with scaffold use
  • Learn and demonstrate proper scaffold erection, dismantling, and inspection techniques
  • Identify scaffold types, their use, and the dangers associated with each
  • Properly use mobile scaffolds and understand the safety issues

Note: The use of personal fall arrest systems may be required during the erection and removal of scaffolds. If the agency performs these activities and personal fall arrest systems are required, the fall prevention and protection training may be required in addition to the scaffolding safety.