OSHA Updates Outreach Training Program Requirements in January
In January 2017, OSHA made updates to the Outreach Training Program Requirements that are important to be aware of. These updates may change how you conduct your classes and maintain records.
General Program Updates
- Class segment length reduced from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. This means that if you have a 10- or 30-hour class that is held over many days, you are required to meet for at least 30 minutes per day.
- Student contact hours do not include time spent on tests and administrative matters. This means that you cannot count time you spend on testing and other paperwork or recordkeeping activities towards your teaching time or "contact hours."
- Daily training is limited to 7.5 student contact hours with a minimum 8 hour break between sessions. This means that you are required to send your students home after 7.5 hours of class time, and they can't return until at least 8 hours later. For example - if you end a class at 10 pm, the students cannot return before 6 am the next day.
- Trainers must retain training records for 5 years. This means that all the records you are required to keep must be kept either in paper or digital form for 5 years.
Trainer Code of Conduct
- Trainers may not cancel (or in certain cases reschedule) classes without refunding students their fees.
- Trainers may not schedule multiple classes to occur at the same time (double scheduling).
- Trainers must have their trainer card with them while teaching.
- Trainers must show their trainer card if a student asks to see it at the beginning of each class.
- The time limit for getting a replacement card has been increased from 3 years to 5 years from course completion date. Example - A student who attended your class in February 2012 (based on the date of this newsletter, which is February 2017) could get a replacement card.
- It's very important to keep your records for five years!
- Most exception requests can be sent to a trainer's Authorizing Training Organization (ATO) instead of to the Directorate of Training and Education (DTE) at OSHA. This means you can send your exception requests to us at the Chabot-Las Positas OSHA Training Center.
- When applying to take a trainer course, you need 5 years of safety experience in whatever industry you are training for. In order to substitute education for 2 years of experience to meet this requirement, your degree must be a bachelor's degree or higher. An example is a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health or similar degree.
Construction Industry Updates
Maritime Industry Procedures
- OSHA course numbers are no longer utilized.
Questions? Contact us toll-free at 866-936-OSHA (6742).
Key Links to Outreach Training Program Requirements
OSHA revised its program guidelines to improve the Outreach Training Program on January 1, 2017, with an effective date of April 1, 2017. Below are links to PDF documents that cover overall program requirements and industry procedures for Construction, General Industry, Maritime and Disaster Site Worker.
Outreach Training Program Requirements
Outreach Trainer Update Classes
The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality OSHA standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry in Dublin, California, conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as locations throughout California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Upcoming Outreach Trainer update classes include:
OSHA 502 - Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
February 24-26 | Dublin, CA - San Francisco Bay Area
March 27-29 | Sacramento, CA - Safety Center
April 18-20 | Fresno, CA
OSHA 503 - Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
March 24-26 | San Francisco Bay Area - Dublin, CA
April 3-5 | Sacramento, CA - Safety Center
April 4-6 | Lakewood, CA
OSHA 5029 - Update for Cal/OSHA Construction Industry Trainers
February 27 | San Francisco Bay Area - Dublin, CA
April 21 | Fresno, CA
April 24 | Sacramento, CA - Safety Center
OSHA 5039 - Update for Cal/OSHA General Industry Trainers
March 31 | San Francisco Bay Area - Dublin, CA
April 7 | Lakewood, CA
Visit the OSHA Training Center website for a complete schedule of classes.
OSHA Training Resources
OSHA offers a wide selection of training courses and educational programs to help broaden worker and employer knowledge on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. OSHA also offers training and educational materials that help businesses train their workers and comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Click here to access training courses, educational programs, training materials and other resources administered by the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education.
About the Outreach Training Program
The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint.
About the OSHA Training Center
The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality OSHA standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at our locations in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in Central and Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized onsite safety training. Call (866) 936-OSHA (6742) or visit the OSHA Training Center website for more information.
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