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
NE W & IMPROVED OSHA’s new and improved training cards look like credit
cards and include security features that prevent forgery and tampering
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.