What is OSHA 10-hour Training?
The OSHA 10-hour training is part of the federally-run Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Outreach Training Program. This is a collection of voluntary training programs taught by OSHA authorized trainers designed as introductions to OSHA standards and occupational safety and health considerations. There are two basic programs of study in the Outreach Training Program: a 30-hour course for site supervisors and workers with safety-related responsibilities and a 10-hour course for entry-level workers. While OSHA itself does not require that workers in any industry complete these programs, many states, cities, and job sites do make completion of one or the other course mandatory for certain jobs.
One of the top benefits of taking an OSHA 10 hour course is having a basic eligibility for certain jobs and eligibility for a wider range of possible employment opportunities. There are no prerequisites for taking the course. Everyone who completes it receives a certificate and a card that they can present to current and prospective employers. Course completion is also good to include on a resume, LinkedIn, and other social media or employment network profiles. These cards and certificates are recognized in all 50 states and U.S. territories and never expire, except in Nevada, where they must be renewed every five years.
In some jobs, there could even be a pay raise in store for those with OSHA 10-hour course certification. What’s more, certification from an OSHA 10-hour course could qualify you for a spot on your company’s government-mandated safety committee as one of your workplace’s own personal health and safety consultants responsible for reviewing all its health and safety training materials, practices and complaints. There are also many other benefits of receiving OSHA 10-hour course certification.
Industry Specific Training
These courses are custom-tailored to the students’ specific needs and situations. For example, different states include state-specific standards in their course syllabus. Courses may be offered in languages other than English, where needed. Most significantly, perhaps, there exist three different OSHA 10-hour courses, each one tailored for certain industry safety specifications. These are the OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA 10-Hour Marine, and OSHA 10-Hour General Industry programs.
The Construction course is tailored for workers on sites where new buildings and structures are being built. It also is geared toward job where demolition or renovation work is being conducted. The marine course is made for workers in the maritime industry. The General Industry course is designed to cover industrial safety in most other sectors.
Moreover, each 10-hour syllabus is broken down into three sections: mandatory, elective and optional. After the required amount of time is spent on the mandatory material, the trainer has the flexibility to divide the remaining time between elective material chosen from a list of approved topics determined according to the class’s locality, industry, and specific needs. Optional material specific to the given site where the training is being conducted can also be covered.
Elective topics have a minimum amount of time that must be spent on them. Elective topics include:
- Hazardous materials
- Materials handling
- Machine guarding
- Industrial hygiene
- Blood-borne pathogens
- Safety and health programs
- Fall protection
There is no set minimum for optional material. It can be ignored altogether in favor of spending more time on mandatory and/or elective material.
There are also numerous benefits of these 10-hour courses for employers, i.e, more qualified workers. The fundamental benefit for employers is promoting a culture of health and safety in the workplace. It also reduces an employer’s costs immensely by reducing the number of workplace accidents, injuries, and exposures to lawsuits and fines.
What’s more, these cost-benefits extend to workers as well. According to the May 2013 study, “The Economic and Social Benefits of OSHA-10 Training in the Building and Construction Trades” by Ruth Ruttenberg, MA, PhD, conducted under the auspices of The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), accident prevention resulting from these OSHA 10-hour trainings saves money for not just employers and insurers but taxpayers and workers as well.
Of course, the most important benefit of taking any of OSHA’s courses, including the 10-hour training programs, is your own personal health and safety on the job. This means a long, healthy life earning money in the workplace and spending it with those you love.