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The charter of the American National Standards Committee Z490 on Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training was accredited by the American National Standards Institute on April 1, 1998. This Standard grew out of the recognized need for improvement in safety, health, and environmental training. Quality training is required to ensure that workers and safety, health, and environmental professionals have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to protect themselves and others in the workplace.
Safety, health, and environmental training is an important element of an effective overall safety, health, and environmental program.
Historically, safety, health, and environmental training has been specifically addressed by only a few regulations with limited scope, such as asbestos, hazard communication, and storm water management. The regulations usually specify the technical topics to be covered in a training course, but do not stipulate how to adequately design, develop, deliver, and evaluate training.
This Standard covers all facets of training, including training development, delivery, evaluation, and management of training and training programs. Thus, the criteria were developed by combining accepted practices in the training industry with those in the safety, health, and environmental industries. The Standard is intended to apply to a broad range of training and training programs.
Industry employers may use this Standard to assess the services of external training providers or to audit or improve their own corporate training programs. Training providers may use the Standard to assess and improve their training services. This Standard may also be used as a basis for development and management of training and training programs, with the annexes and references providing additional information and detail.
A copy of the Table of Contents is provided below.