Standards and Guidelines
The University of California (UC) acknowledges its obligation to provide Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) training, ensuring the skills necessary for safe and efficient support of the University mission. In providing comprehensible training to such a large and diverse population, due attention must be paid to barriers such as levels of literacy, learning abilities, and language.The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has also recognized the potential risk that lack of comprehensible training poses to workplace safety. Thus, OSHA stipulates that training be presented in a language, and at a level of comprehension, which the participant readily understands. The lack of best practices, standards, and guidelines on how to provide training in this manner may result in inconsistent implementation and confusion across the University.
Successful completion of Environment, Health, Safety, Emergency, and/or Risk Management training shall facilitate learner comprehension. Training shall be developed, delivered, and evaluated such that the training needs of the target audience and any barriers to comprehension are addressed by the training program.
The purpose of this document is to establish UC best practices, standards, and guidelines for EH&S training as required by regulation, policy, or job performance in a “readily understandable” format. These practices will take the form of standardized methods and acceptable criteria that facilitates learner comprehension. Standards and guidelines will be established within the framework of an effective training program.
These best practices, standards, and guidelines would apply to all EH&S training activities as required by regulation, policy, or safe job performance. These guidelines are not intended to prevail where more stringent regulations, guidelines or criteria for training is available or required.
The elements of an effective training program include adequate:
Best practices, standards, and guidelines are outlines within each of these program elements in detail on the following pages.