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OSHA Policies regarding use of on-line training reso

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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (
Date: Fri Oct 02 1998 - 17:01:04 CDT

I thought some Printech and Printreg users might be interested in
this message re. the use of on-line resources to meet OSHA training

The message's author is Scott Butner of Battelle Pacific NW
Laboratory. I am working with Scott on a compliance assistance center
for the chemical industry (ChemAlliance).

Have any Printech/Printreg users tried using on-line resources to
meet training requirements?


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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 13:37:59 -0700
From: "Butner, Robert S" <butner@BATTELLE.ORG>
Subject: Re: OSHA Policies regarding use of on-line training resources (fo llow
               up to question during ChemAlliance Call)
To: 'Jim Baker' <>,,,
Cc: "''" <>

Folks --

A few weeks back during our ChemAlliance Advisory Board conference
call, several members expressed interest in the use of on-line
training and EPA/OSHA policies regarding its suitability for meeting
mandated training requirements. (as a memory refresher, the topic
came up during discussion of a column that I am developing on the
topic of on-line training).

I spoke with Mark Undeberg (, a contact at Advance
Online (, one of the leaders in
deploying online training. Mark was gracious enough to provide me
with the following link to a 1994 OSHA guidance document

I did a bit of digging, and found two subsequent guidance letters on
the same topic:

The bottom line message in each of these documents is provided by the
following excerpt from the 11/22/94 document:

 "Thus, OSHA believes that computer-based training programs can be
used as part of an effective
 safety and health training program to satisfy OSHA training
requirements, provided that the program
 is supplemented by the opportunity for trainees to ask questions of a
qualified trainer, and provides
 trainees with sufficient hands-on experience. "

Additional articulation of OSHA's policies regarding use of on-line
materials to supplement or as the foundation for a training program
can be found in the 11/22/94 document, which is the most complete of
the three. Those wishing to look for guidance on a more specific point
may wish to use the "OSHA Standards Interpretation and Compliance
Letters" search function, which can be found at:

I haven't yet found any specific EPA guidance on this topic, but will
be sure to update the group when I do. Expect the article reviewing
on-line training and its potential role in the chemical industry to
appear in ChemAlliance sometime in Novermber 98.

Hope this helps,

Scott Butner (
Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle WA 98105
(206)-528-3290 voice/(206)-528-3552 fax

Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon Street, Room 532, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250

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