Government starts manufacturing training program for veterans, may need OSHA compliance


Manufacturing companies need more skilled workers, which may require some workforce training.

The White House recently began an initiative to assimilate more veterans into the workforce through America's burgeoning manufacturing industry. As the the U.S. scales down its operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, many veterans will be returning home will need to find employment. As a response to both the national unemployment rate and the lack of skilled workers, the military-to-civilian training campaign will train these veterans in a program developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

According to Forbes, many CEOs and executives say that they prefer veterans as employees when they're disciplined and already come with a wide range of skills. But with many more workers entering the manufacturing workforce, regardless of how well they've been trained by the SME and the military, it will still be critical for companies to implement an effective learning management software to aid in workforce training and avoid costly OSHA fines. For example, Cives Steel Company in Augusta, Maine was cited a $132,000 OSHA violation for its workforce's inability to adhere to proper safety standards while working with electrical equipment.

"The sizable fines proposed in this case reflect the severity and recurring nature of a number of these hazards," said William Coffin, OSHA's area director in Maine. "For the safety of its workers, this employer must take effective and expeditious action to eliminate these conditions and prevent their recurrence."

By using an online OSHA training software, companies will be able to more effectively engage and educate new employees on the proper standards and procedures they must adhere to in the workplace. 

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