Safety

Every workplace requires an understanding of the essential safety practices that help employees to avoid potential hazards. Although every workplace is unique, there are common safety topics that apply to a wide range of industries and occupations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers guidelines and valuable information enabling employers to maintain a safe working environment for every employee.


These classes provide an overview of the major safety topics relevant to manufacturing companies and also identify OSHA requirements that may affect the employer or employee. While other Tooling University departments may contain safety classes specific to a particular process, these classes provide a general foundation of safety information that is relevant for every individual in the workplace.


Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Version Department
Classes 1 to 10 of 34
Intro to OSHA 101

Intro to OSHA provides an introduction to the purpose of OSHA and how its standards and guidelines affect employers and employees. Most U.S. workplaces are covered by OSHA, and its existence has greatly improved workplace safety. Some industries are not ...

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Intro to OSHA 100
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Ergonomics 102

The class Ergonomics provides an overview of the science of ergonomics and its application in the workplace. Ergonomic hazards may be present in any work environment, and are a common safety risk. Not all ergonomic risks are apparent, but they ...

Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Personal Protective Equipment 111

The class Personal Protective Equipment introduces the purpose and uses of personal protective equipment (PPE). As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PPE minimizes exposure to hazards and helps prevent injury. In order to select appropriate PPE, ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Personal Protective Equipment 120
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121

In the class Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation, students will learn about the effects of sound and noise on the body and how to protect themselves from related injuries. Occupational hearing loss is preventable through hearing conservation.The two main types ...

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Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 170
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Respiratory Safety 131

Respiratory Safety details the appropriate types and use of breathing equipment for various airborne hazards. There are two common types of breathing equipment: air-purifying respirators and atmosphere-supplying respirators. Employees who require breathing equipment must undergo a medical evaluation and fit-testing. ...

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Respiratory Safety 195
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141

Lockout/Tagout Procedures details the OSHA requirements and best practices for preventing accidental startup during maintenance and repair. It addresses electrical power and the many other forms of energy that a machine or device may use. All forms of energy must ...

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Lockout/Tagout Procedures 130
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
SDS and Hazard Communication 151

SDS and Hazard Communication focuses on communication methods about hazardous workplace substances and how they increase employee awareness and safety. Education, labeling, data collection, testing, and other communication methods detail the dangers of specific chemicals and offer methods of protection ...

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SDS and Hazard Communication 160
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Bloodborne Pathogens 161

The class Bloodborne Pathogens explains the nature of common bloodborne pathogens and how to handle exposure in the workplace. A bloodborne pathogen is a microorganism present in human blood that can cause disease. Common pathogens include HIV, which causes AIDS, ...

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Bloodborne Pathogens 115
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Walking and Working Surfaces 171

Walking and Working Surfaces will inform employees of the ways they can decrease the risks of injury and death regarding walking and working surfaces by following the guidelines as provided by OSHA. Hazards exist when people or objects may fall ...

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Walking and Working Surfaces 180
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
Fire Safety and Prevention 181

The class Fire Safety and Prevention examines common workplace fire safety procedures. Fires, no matter how small, should be reported immediately. Buildings are equipped with extinguishing systems that actuate an alarm and discharge an extinguishing agent to control advanced stage ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Fire Safety and Prevention 110
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Safety
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OnlineFoundational850Safety160010 Intro to OSHA 101 Intro to OSHA provides an introduction to the purpose of OSHA and how its standards and guidelines affect employers and employees. Most U.S. workplaces are covered by OSHA, and its existence has greatly improved workplace safety. Some industries are not covered by OSHA, however, and some states have safety programs that take the place of OSHA. OSHA standards are enforceable by law. Compliance with OSHA standards is enforced by inspections and record keeping, which have specific steps and requirements. Employers and employees have different rights and responsibilities regarding OSHA standards. Both employers and employees benefit from basic knowledge about OSHA's purpose, standards, and practices. Violations of OSHA standards are punishable by law and render the workplace unsafe for all personnel. A basic awareness of the standards, rights, and responsibilities will help employees to bolster workplace safety as well as keep the workplace legally compliant.Beginner2.0English(850100) Intro to OSHA 100
OnlineFoundational850Safety160080 Ergonomics 102 The class Ergonomics provides an overview of the science of ergonomics and its application in the workplace. Ergonomic hazards may be present in any work environment, and are a common safety risk. Not all ergonomic risks are apparent, but they can still cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Vibration, poor posture or positioning, and repetitive motion are common ergonomic hazards, though back injuries are the most common workplace injuries. The majority of work-related back injuries are caused by unsafe lifting techniques. Even computer tasks can cause MSDs over time. Ergonomic solutions should be tailored to the individual employee performing the job or task.Ergonomic programs are an effective way for any employer to increase employee safety, decrease injury and illness, reduce sick time, boost employee morale, and reduce turnover rates. Implementing proper ergonomics in the workplace increases productivity and reduces the cost of sick leave and new employee training.Beginner2.0English
OnlineFoundational850Safety160020 Personal Protective Equipment 111 The class Personal Protective Equipment introduces the purpose and uses of personal protective equipment (PPE). As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PPE minimizes exposure to hazards and helps prevent injury. In order to select appropriate PPE, employers must first evaluate the workplace with a hazard assessment. PPE may be categorized by the area of the body it protects. PPE is available in several types, designs, and materials. Every employer is responsible for providing the appropriate PPE for workers who require it, and it is every employee's responsibility to properly wear and use PPE. OSHA does not often specify which types of PPE should be worn, but requires that employers train each employee in proper use and retrain when PPE changes or if PPE is used improperly. After taking this class, users should be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding personal protective equipment and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.Beginner2.0English(850120) Personal Protective Equipment 120
OnlineFoundational850Safety160025 Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121 In the class Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation, students will learn about the effects of sound and noise on the body and how to protect themselves from related injuries. Occupational hearing loss is preventable through hearing conservation.The two main types of hearing loss are conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be caused by excess noise, hereditary factors, certain drugs, or illnesses. When excessive noise is present, employees must be provided with hearing protection. Using proper hearing protection will help ensure that ears remain capable of detecting important and subtle sound changes.Students enrolled in this course will learn various ways to protect their hearing and why preventative measures should be taken to avoid hearing damage. They will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding noise levels and hearing conservation and the impact had on daily operations in the workplace.Beginner2.0English(850170) Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 170
OnlineFoundational850Safety160030 Respiratory Safety 131 Respiratory Safety details the appropriate types and use of breathing equipment for various airborne hazards. There are two common types of breathing equipment: air-purifying respirators and atmosphere-supplying respirators. Employees who require breathing equipment must undergo a medical evaluation and fit-testing. OSHA requires employers to provide employees who require breathing equipment with clean respirators in good condition, and comprehensive, understandable training. Employees must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of and ability to use respirators prior to ever wearing one.Training on the use and importance of respirators is crucial to doing safe and effective work and reduces accidents, injuries, and lost work hours. After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations and best practices for using respiratory equipment, along with environments that require this equipment.Beginner2.0English(850195) Respiratory Safety 195
OnlineFoundational850Safety160040 Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141 Lockout/Tagout Procedures details the OSHA requirements and best practices for preventing accidental startup during maintenance and repair. It addresses electrical power and the many other forms of energy that a machine or device may use. All forms of energy must be successfully restrained or dissipated in order for safe maintenance. Lockout/Tagout Procedures describes using a lockout device that prevents unauthorized access of the energy-isolating mechanism. OSHA has strict requirements for lockout and tagout devices, which must be standardized, easily recognized warning signs. Users will learn OSHA's specific steps for all parts of the control of hazardous energy, from shutdown to startup, including defining authorized vs. affected employees.Following proper lockout/tagout procedures is essential to preventing employee injuries and fatalities. All employees must be familiar with lockout/tagout in order to prevent the dangers of accidental machine startup.Beginner2.0English(850130) Lockout/Tagout Procedures 130
OnlineFoundational850Safety160045 SDS and Hazard Communication 151 SDS and Hazard Communication focuses on communication methods about hazardous workplace substances and how they increase employee awareness and safety. Education, labeling, data collection, testing, and other communication methods detail the dangers of specific chemicals and offer methods of protection from physical and health hazards. OSHA requires that employers establish a written hazard communication program to communicate employee responsibilities, standard implementation, chemical hazards, and safety measures. Hazard communication programs must include a chemical inventory, specific labeling, SDS for each individual chemical, and training.After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding hazardous materials and SDS and their impact on daily workplace operations. Understanding these regulations is critical in maintaining workplace safety and efficient operation.Beginner2.0English(850160) SDS and Hazard Communication 160
OnlineFoundational850Safety160050 Bloodborne Pathogens 161 The class Bloodborne Pathogens explains the nature of common bloodborne pathogens and how to handle exposure in the workplace. A bloodborne pathogen is a microorganism present in human blood that can cause disease. Common pathogens include HIV, which causes AIDS, HBV, which causes hepatitis B, and HCV, which causes hepatitis C. Exposure to blood can occur in the workplace through work-related tasks and procedures, through accidents, or by administering first aid. To avoid exposure, workers should observe the universal precautions recommended by the CDC. Employers are required by OSHA to implement controls to minimize exposures in the workplace.Employees who understand how to protect themselves from bloodborne pathogen exposure make the workplace safer for everyone and benefit their employer. After taking this class, users should be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.Beginner2.0English(850115) Bloodborne Pathogens 115
OnlineFoundational850Safety160060 Walking and Working Surfaces 171 Walking and Working Surfaces will inform employees of the ways they can decrease the risks of injury and death regarding walking and working surfaces by following the guidelines as provided by OSHA. Hazards exist when people or objects may fall from one level to another through various openings such as floor and wall openings, floor and wall holes, platforms, or runways. All openings must be guarded by devices such as railings, covers, and toeboards. Standards regarding the construction, dimension, and usage of stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and manually propelled ladder stands are also set by OSHA. Failing to use and maintain walking and working surfaces correctly can result in serious injury. After taking this course, employees will be able to describe OSHA regulations covering safe practices with walking and working surfaces and how following those regulations will positively impact daily operations in the workplace.Beginner2.0English(850180) Walking and Working Surfaces 180
OnlineFoundational850Safety160070 Fire Safety and Prevention 181 The class Fire Safety and Prevention examines common workplace fire safety procedures. Fires, no matter how small, should be reported immediately. Buildings are equipped with extinguishing systems that actuate an alarm and discharge an extinguishing agent to control advanced stage fires. Portable fire extinguishers are available for extinguishing incipient stage fires using the P.A.S.S. technique. Employees not authorized to fight the fire should evacuate immediately. Employers should create an emergency action plan that dictates the procedures to be carried out in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire, employees should stay calm, follow procedures, and go directly to assembly areas. Employers must account for all employees and provide first aid until medical services arrive. After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding fire safety and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.Beginner2.0English(850110) Fire Safety and Prevention 110
OnlineFoundational850Safety160075 Flammable/Combustible Liquids 191 Flammable and Combustible Liquids describes procedures required to safely handle, store, and dispose of dangerous liquids. Flammable and combustible liquids are divided into different categories or classifications based on properties such as flash and boiling points. Anyone who must handle or transfer these liquids must take precautions such as bonding and grounding to prevent accidental ignition. OSHA requires proper hazard communication and written procedures for any process involving flammable and combustible liquids, and details various standards for methods of storage, transfer, and safe disposal.Proper handling, storing, and disposing of flammable and combustible liquids prevents costly and potentially deadly fires in the workplace. Flammable and Combustible Liquids provides users with information on liquid hazards as well as safe methods of storage, handling, transfer, use, and disposal.Beginner2.0English(850155) Flammable/Combustible Liquids 155
OnlineFoundational850Safety160110 Hand and Power Tool Safety 201 The class Hand and Power Tool Safety provides guidelines for the safe use of common hand and power tools. Employees should never remove any safety guards from a tool’s point of operation unless authorized. Tools must be regularly cleaned and maintained, and all blades must be kept sharp. The worksite must be kept organized, clean, and dry. All tool applications require PPE, including eye and other protection. Before working, employees must consult the owner's manual and be familiar with how the tool functions. Employees must also use the right tool for the job and follow the work practices that are specific to each type of tool.When employees use proper safety guidelines when handling hand and power tools, their employers benefit from reduced accidents on the job and lowered costs caused by work-related injuries. Safe handling of tools also increases work quality. After taking this class, users should be able to describe the safe use and care of hand and power tools.Intermediate2.0English(850145) Hand and Power Tool Safety 145
OnlineFoundational850Safety160120 Safety for Lifting Devices 211 Safety for Lifting Devices covers the different pieces of lifting equipment that may be used in the workplace and the safest ways to work with those pieces of equipment. Overhead cranes and hoists are used for lifting heavy loads. Other lifting devices include slings, portable lifting stands, gantry cranes, and derricks. Extra equipment is necessary to secure loads to lifting devices. This equipment must be inspected daily for excessive wear and damage. Understanding how to maintain and operate lifting devices will allow future operators and employers to work with lifting devices safely and effectively. After taking this class, students will be able to describe the proper steps necessary to safely lift and transport materials within the work environment.Intermediate2.0English(850135) Safety for Lifting Devices 135
OnlineFoundational850Safety160130 Powered Industrial Truck Safety 221 Powered Industrial Truck Safety provides an overview of safety topics related to forklifts and other PITs. OSHA has many standards surrounding the use of PITs in the workplace for operators, non-operators, attended vehicles, and unattended vehicles. OSHA also has detailed training requirements for PIT operators. To safely operate a PIT, operators must understand basic principles of stability, including the concepts of a fulcrum and centers of gravity. Operators must also be aware of the weight and shape of loads and what individual vehicles are capable of handling.Powered industrial trucks are a common source of workplace accidents, so a strong knowledge of how to safely operate and work with PITs is crucial for any environment where they are used. PIT accidents can lead to property and inventory damage as well as employee injury. Operators should know how to avoid OSHA violations and how to handle a load without tipping the vehicle.Intermediate2.0English(850210) Powered Industrial Truck Safety 210
OnlineFoundational850Safety160140 Confined Spaces 231 The class Confined Spaces explains the OSHA requirements pertaining to confined spaces. A confined space has limited means of entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined space hazards are caused by the material in the confined space, the activity carried out in the space, and the external environment. OSHA requires a permit for entering any confined space with an additional hazard.Confined spaces pose a safety hazard for employees. Employers must develop a written permit-required confined space program and train and certify all permit space entrants. Training should discuss the specific types of confined spaces and hazards employees will encounter at their worksite. Entrants must wear proper PPE and use specialized equipment that does not cause additional hazards.After taking this class, the user should be able to describe OSHA regulations and best practices for performing work safely in a confined space.Beginner2.0English(850190) Confined Spaces 190
OnlineFoundational850Safety160150 Environmental Safety Hazards 241 Environmental Safety Hazards details the risks of chemical, biological, physical, and ergonomic hazards in the work environment. Hazard exposure can cause injury and illness, causing short- and long-term effects. Many hazards can be detected using the senses, but special equipment is sometimes necessary. There are many forms of hazard communication, including SDS. Using PPE diminishes risks posed by exposure to environmental hazards. There are government agencies that help assure employees’ safety by creating standards and legislation and studying hazards. However, the employer is ultimately responsible for providing a safe and hazard-free environment. Awareness of environmental safety hazards can prevent employee injury, reducing time off and workplace accident rates. After taking this course, users will be able to identify various hazards in the workplace and their possible effects on the human body.Intermediate2.0English(850150) Environmental Safety Hazards 150
OnlineFoundational850Safety160160 Arc Flash Safety 251 Arc Flash Safety provides a comprehensive review of the ways employees can protect themselves from injuries caused by exposure to arc flash. Arc flash is an intense release of heat and light caused by a variety of workplace situations involving electricity, including equipment failure and human error. Arc flash risk assessments, boundaries, and personal protective equipment help prevent arc flash and its effects. Regular inspection and maintenance of electrical systems and machinery also help prevent arc flash.Arc flash is one of the most dangerous hazards of working with electricity. After taking this class, users will be aware of the causes and dangers associated with arc flash, as well as the precautions and personal protective equipment that can help prevent arc flash exposure. This information prepares users to work safely and effectively in environments with the potential for arc flash.Beginner2.0English
OnlineFoundational850Safety850100 Intro to OSHA 100 This class covers the goals and purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including its standards, programs, and interactions with employers and employees.Beginner1.0English(160010) Intro to OSHA 101
OnlineFoundational850Safety850110 Fire Safety and Prevention 110 This class addresses OSHA fire safety and prevention measures and describes emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, fire detectors and alarms, and fire extinguishing equipment. Includes an Interactive Lab.Beginner1.0English(160070) Fire Safety and Prevention 181
OnlineFoundational850Safety850115 Bloodborne Pathogens 115 This class addresses how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted and includes information on preventive measures and procedures for exposure in the manufacturing workplace.Beginner1.0English(160050) Bloodborne Pathogens 161
OnlineFoundational850Safety850120 Personal Protective Equipment 120 This class addresses personal protective equipment requirements from OSHA and includes information about hazard assessments, PPE selection, and standards that govern PPE. Includes an Interactive Lab.Beginner1.0English(160020) Personal Protective Equipment 111
OnlineFoundational850Safety850130 Lockout/Tagout Procedures 130 This class covers lockout/tagout requirements and procedures and includes an explanation of employees' roles during lockout/tagout. Includes an Interactive Lab.Beginner1.0English(160040) Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141
OnlineFoundational850Safety850135 Safety for Lifting Devices 135 This class addresses lifting device and equipment safety requirements from OSHA and surveys lifting devices and equipment commonly used for material handling, inspections, and testing.Beginner1.0English(160120) Safety for Lifting Devices 211
OnlineFoundational850Safety850140 Machine Guarding 140 This class covers basic machine guarding practices and devices and includes information on hazardous machine components, motions, and actions.Beginner1.0English
OnlineFoundational850Safety850145 Hand and Power Tool Safety 145 This class covers general safety guidelines for using hand and power tools as regulated by OSHA.Beginner1.0English(160110) Hand and Power Tool Safety 201
OnlineFoundational850Safety850150 Environmental Safety Hazards 150 This class explains the different types and levels of environmental hazards in the workplace and how employees may be exposed to these hazards. Includes an Interactive Lab.Beginner1.0English(160150) Environmental Safety Hazards 241
OnlineFoundational850Safety850155 Flammable/Combustible Liquids 155 This class describes the hazards associated with flammable and combustible liquids and explains proper methods for safe storage, handling, and transferring of these liquids.Beginner1.0English(160075) Flammable/Combustible Liquids 191
OnlineFoundational850Safety850160 SDS and Hazard Communication 160 This class covers different types of chemical hazards, standards for hazardous chemicals, and how information about chemical hazards reaches the employee, including through SDS. This class reflects the latest Hazard Communication Standards aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).Beginner1.0English(160045) SDS and Hazard Communication 151
OnlineFoundational850Safety850165 Metalworking Fluid Safety 165 This class explains the health and safety risks inherent to working with metalworking fluids and also describes safe practices that help to reduce metalworking fluid exposure.Beginner1.0English(260135) Metal Cutting Fluid Safety 231
OnlineFoundational850Safety850170 Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 170 This class explains the causes of hearing damage and describes how to avoid exposure to excessive noise.Beginner1.0English(160025) Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121
OnlineFoundational850Safety850180 Walking and Working Surfaces 180 This class covers the requirements necessary to ensure the safety of typical walking and working surfaces such as platforms, stairs, ladders, and scaffolds.Beginner1.0English(160060) Walking and Working Surfaces 171
OnlineFoundational850Safety850190 Confined Spaces 190 This class covers different types of confined spaces and the hazards they present, the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees, and proper work practices and safety precautions for confined spaces.Beginner1.0English(160140) Confined Spaces 231
OnlineFoundational850Safety850195 Respiratory Safety 195 This class covers the most common types of respirators and includes information about fit testing, medical evaluation, and training for employees.Beginner1.0English(160030) Respiratory Safety 131
OnlineFoundational850Safety850210 Powered Industrial Truck Safety 210 This class covers different types of powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, and includes guidelines for use, training requirements, and stability principles.Intermediate1.0English(160130) Powered Industrial Truck Safety 221