Practicing jobsite safety should be second nature, but ongoing training is always helpful. The OSHA Outreach Training Program makes it easier for employers and employees to obtain training on recognizing, avoiding, and preventing workplace hazards that threaten health and safety. The voluntary training program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and advice on filing complaints. Although the program is comprehensive, and some states and employers make it a requirement, it does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.
Through the Outreach Program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes conducted by OSHA-authorized trainers. The 10-hour class is geared for entry-level workers. The 30-hour class is more appropriate for workers with some degree of safety responsibility. OSHA-authorized, independent consultants, who have been trained and certified through the OSHA Training Institute’s (OTI) Education Center, teach each class.
The courses have been tailored to specific industries including construction, general industry, and maritime, as well as a series of 15-hour-long classes designed for workers at disaster sites. Topics for the construction course include “An Introduction to OSHA,” “Managing Safety and Health,” “Compliance Assistance Tools,” “Training Resources in Spanish,” and a unit on “The Focus Four,” preventing the injuries designated as the four most common sources of construction site injuries. “Falls,” focuses on personal arrest systems, ladder safety, guardrails and safety nets, and scaffold work. “Caught In Or Between,” teaches workers to recognize unsafe situations using real-world accidents as examples. “Struck By” examines nail gun safety, cranes and rigging, and provides a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) checklist, as well as a series of Toolbox Talks to engage crewmembers on a continual basis. “Electrocution,” the last of the four, studies real-world fatalities to help workers recognize hazards, and features a series of Toolbox Talks that can be used on the jobsite to further increase hazard awareness.
Card Carrying Safety
Once a student passes a course, he is issued a completion card, which, as of February 29, 2016, now looks like a credit card. Non-transferrable and secure, the cards include OSHA’s authorized logo, a watermark to prevent copying, as well as a unique QR code for authentication. Issued for in-person training only, the trainer cards will include the name of the trainer, the trainer’s ID number (with expiration date), and the OTI location where the trainer was trained. Student cards will include the name of the student, the name of the trainer, the issue date, and the OTI location where the card was issued. Trainers and students who train online will receive paper cards.
OSHA Training Institute’s (OTI) Education Center maintains a database of authorized trainers and students who have completed the classes.
To schedule a class, or for more information about the OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s Outreach Training Program, visit: https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/index.html