Course 600 - Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

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Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. To start, click on the course "Modules" tab above. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the module quiz. Take your time and make sure you understand the course material.

  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5-10 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.

  3. If you have questions as you study, just send us an email.

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  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 20 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

OK, Let's go!

Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

All employees have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously injured at work. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe working conditions that are free of known dangers. The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards.


Many workplaces have hazards which pose a threat to worker safety and health. Workplace hazards vary significantly depending on the type of work being performed and environment the work is performed under. For example, constructions workers will may be exposed to fall hazards from working off the ground, while healthcare professionals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens from sick patients. Hazards come in many forms, and it is important for you to know what a hazard is and how to protect yourself.

Hazard Controls

Once hazards have been identified in a workplace, it is important to establish systems to eliminate or reduce exposure to these hazards. Hazard controls do just that. To help approach hazard controls, a hierarchy of control strategies has been developed. In this module of the course, each of the hazard control strategies is described.

Personal Protective Equipment

Sometimes the only method to control hazards, short term or long term, is through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Personal protective equipment come in various forms and are designed to prevent an employee from coming into direct contact with a hazard. Employers are responsible for providing PPE for their employees, and employers are responsible for ensuring their employees use PPE as required and that it be used correctly.

Emergency Action Plans

If there was a fire, earthquake, or chemical spill at your workplace, would you know what to do? Your employer is responsible for developing an emergency action plan to help ensure employees know what to do in the event of a workplace emergency. Your emergency action plan may assign responsibilities to you, and you need to know what these responsibilities are. If someone gets hurt, are you responsible for providing first aid care? If so, this should be detailed in the emergency action plan and your employer must provide any necessary training.

Course Objectives

This course will focus on each of these topics from the employee's perspective. The course will also explain the employer's responsibilities. By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of OSHA
  2. Explain your rights as an employee under the OSH Act
  3. Describe what a hazard is
  4. Evaluate fall hazards
  5. Define ergonomics
  6. Explain what Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are
  7. Describe basic electrical safety
  8. Describe the hierarchy of hazard controls
  9. Explain the purpose of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  10. Describe an emergency action plan (EAP)

Getting Started

To begin your online training, click on the "Modules" tab above. To study offline, go to your student dashboard and download the course study guide. The study guide is for your personal use only, and cannot be used for commercial purposes.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Introduction to OSHA
  2. Hazard Awareness
  3. Hazard Controls
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  5. Emergency Action Plans (EAP)

Course 600 Final Exam

Congratulations on finishing the coursework! To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 70%. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students. We do provide missed-question module section references for study should you wish to retake the exam.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

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That's great! Your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the completed course. You will also be able to view or immediately print a course PDF certificate. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course. If you ordered original certificates, they'll be mailed to you.

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Course 600 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.