Workplace Safety

  • 6 topics | 45m
  • Includes Assessment
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Every year occupational injuries and illnesses involving civilian federal employees occur. This course outlines the occupational safety and health requirements for federal employees. It covers the essential responsibilities federal government agencies have with regard to creating safe and healthful working environments. This course also provides information on the types of occupational safety and health training agencies should provide for their employees. It also addresses compliance and documentation of workplace safety incidents, the importance of accurate record-keeping, and the submission of annual reports to the Secretary of Labor. The course explores whistleblower protection with regard to occupational injuries and illnesses, and provides an overview of the compliance requirements mandated under OSHA Regulation CFR 1960 and Executive Order 12196. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • identify the main rights federal employees have with regard to safe working conditions
  • determine what responsibilities federal employees have relative to workplace safety in a given scenario
  • identify the chief responsibilities for agency heads under OSHA and Executive Order 12196
  • determine what kind of safety and health training various types of employees should receive
  • identify agency and employee responsibilities and the safety and health training requirements under OSHA
  • identify the benefits for federal agencies of OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements
  • recognize the main requirements for the OSHA Form 300
  • identify examples of whistleblower scenarios where federal employees are protected by OSHA
  • recognize conditions in which an employee's refusal to work is protected by the OSH Act
  • identify recording keeping and reporting requirements as well as whistleblower protections


  • Rights/Responsibilities Under OSHA and EO 12196
  • Safety and Health Training Requirements under OSHA
  • Knowledge Check: Responsibilities and Training
  • Recordkeeping/Reporting Requirements – OSHA 300 Form
  • Whistleblower Protection Provisions Provided by OSHA
  • Knowledge Check: Recordkeeping and Whistleblowing