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OSHA Training Requirements for Massachusetts

Employers in Massachusetts should be aware of the training requirements under OSHA regulations. Certain jobs require workers to complete the OSHA 10 Hour Outreach class, and more than one hundred OSHA standards require other task- or equipment-related safety training.

By taking an OSHA 10 Hour Class you will learn about the OSH Act of 1970, OSHA regulations and operations, and specific hazard awareness and safety training topics related to your industry. This class can also help you assess what other safety training requirements apply to your workplace.


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OSHA 10 Hour Construction Training Requirement

It is a requirement for all workers on public works or public building construction site estimated to be worth more than $10,000 to have completed an OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course. That’s right- every trade, carpenters, laborers, electricians, must have their OSHA 10 Construction to be on a public construction project in Massachusetts. Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York all have similar requirements. An OSHA 30 Hour Construction course is sufficient to comply with this requirement.

OSHA Safety for Public Sector Training Requirement

The MA Department of Labor Standards (DLS) not OSHA is enforcing OSHA regulations for public sector workplaces in Massachusetts. DLS inspectors will be inspecting worksites for OSHA violations, and potentially issuing fines. The training requirements under this law (M.G.L. c149 §6 ½) are job specific. OSHA regulations have more than one hundred standards that require training, which also applies to private industry.

OSHA Safety for Private Industry Training Requirements

Construction, manufacturing, health care, maritime, and disaster workers are all required to have safety training under OSHA regulations. In fact, every workplace is covered under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act which says:

“(a) Each employer – (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees; (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act...”

So How Do I Know Which OSHA Training Requirements Apply to Me?

Since OSHA regulations apply to all workplaces in Massachusetts, it may feel overwhelming to know which ones apply to yours, and how to make sure you are complying with the correct training requirements.  A good place to start is the OSHA 10 Hour Outreach class. The 10 Hour class is available for Construction, Maritime, and General Industry (everybody else).  This class includes an Intro to OSHA module, and also covers specific task-related topics which pose serious safety concerns.

Also, you may find the courses listed below to be familiar depending on the equipment and operations in your workplace. For instance, if you’re working at heights, you probably need to take a fall protection course.

Still not sure? Give us a call at (877) 399- 1698 and we can help assess what training your company needs.

Fall Protection  

This course is required for workers who are working at heights. There are different height requirements for different industries. We offer classes customized to the specific needs of your workplace, from a 4 hour awareness class to a 24 Hour Competent Person EM 385 course.


This course is required for anyone who may respond to a hazardous material spill. The level of involvement in reporting and cleaning a hazardous material spill will determine whether you need a 24- hour or 40-hour level of HAZWOPER. Each requires an 8-Hour Refresher. Workplaces with hazardous materials on site should have a hazardous communication program in place, and a 4-Hour GHS HazComm course may be required for those employees.

Aerial and Scissor Lift

Safety training is required for anyone using or operating aerial and scissor lifts.

Respirator Fit Testing and Respiratory Awareness

Each year workers who use respirators to complete work tasks, or who have respirators available for use in emergency situations, must be fit tested to their respirator, and complete respiratory protection awareness training.

Forklift/ Powered Industrial Trucks

Massachusetts workers are required to have their Massachusetts Hoisting License to operate a forklift or powered industrial truck.  OSHA also requires forklift safety awareness training.

Additional courses that comply with OSHA training requirements: