OSHA Training Update
December 16, 2020
Trainer Courses for Construction and General Industry Now Offered Online via Zoom
The OSHA Training Institute Education Center is excited to announce that OSHA 500-Trainer Course for the Construction Industry and OSHA 501-Trainer Course for General Industry are now being offered live, online via Zoom.

These 4-day courses are designed for those interested in teaching OSHA's 10-hour and 30-hour safety and health outreach classes in either construction or general industry. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10-hour and 30-hour classes as well as on those that are the most hazardous in each industry. Participants learn effective instructional approaches, adult learning principles and training techniques.

Completion of these courses authorizes the student to become a trainer in the Outreach Program and to conduct both 10-hour and 30-hour safety and health classes in either construction or general industry, and to issue student completion cards to participants.
Prerequisites: OSHA 510-OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry within the last 7 years AND 5 years of construction industry safety experience. Prerequisite form must be completed prior to enrolling.

Prerequisites: OSHA 511-OSHA Standards for General Industry within the last 7 years AND 5 years of general industry safety experience. Prerequisite form must be completed prior to enrolling.

OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard Mandates Training for Workers Who Handle Hazardous Substances
Hazardous substances pose a significant threat that can lead to serious safety and health problems. Toxic, flammable or corrosive substances can cause fires, explosions and pollution of air, water and land. Hazardous substances must be properly treated, stored or disposed of to eliminate or greatly reduce potential harm to human and animal life and the environment.

Due to the seriousness of safety and health hazards related to hazardous waste operations and emergency response, OSHA established a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard, Title 29 CFR, Parts 1910.120 (General Industry) and 1926.65 (Construction), to protect workers who handle hazardous substances. The HAZWOPER standard covers all employers performing three general categories of work operations:

  • Hazardous waste site cleanup operations (e.g., SUPERFUND cleanup),
  • Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities (e.g., landfill that accepts hazardous waste), and
  • Emergency response operations involving hazardous substance releases (e.g., chemical spill at a manufacturing plant or wildfire cleanup).

State, county and municipal employees, including hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility employees, and first responders, such as fire and rescue personnel, police and medical personnel, are covered by HAZWOPER and other regulations issued by the states and territories operating OSHA-approved programs. EPA HAZWOPER regulations cover these employees in all other states without OSHA-approved state plans.

General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances and health hazards must receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction offsite, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor. Comprehensive training is critical to ensure that workers can perform assigned duties and functions in a safe and healthful manner that does not endanger themselves or others.

For more information see previous OTIEC blog post or access OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response publication.

Featured Classes
February 1-5, 2021 | Sacramento, CA (In-Person Segment)
The 40-Hour HAZWOPER class is designed to ensure awareness and promote safety among employees who may be exposed to chemical hazards in their workplace. The objective is to ensure that employees operate in the safest possible manner in situations where contact with potentially hazardous materials is likely.

This class is designed to provide students with written and hands- on instruction in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) as it relates to chemical and physical exposures in industrial and field settings. This course satisfies the requirement for generalized employee training under OSHA (1910.120) and (1926.65). REGISTER HERE
This 1-day class, offered as a VILT via Zoom, is an introduction to the requirements of OSHA’s permit-required confined space standard and is designed for small employers or a designated representative (line supervisor or manager) with the responsibility to develop a permit space program. Learn about OSHA's requirements for developing a permit-required space program. Topics include scope and definitions, general requirements, permit space program, training requirements and employee roles and rescue. Class size is limited and open to participants located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam or American Samoa only.

Click on a date below to learn more and register.

This 1-day introductory class, offered as a VILT via Zoom in 2 half-day segments, addresses the four core elements of an effective safety and health program with strategies and techniques that are critical to each element’s proper management. The class is designed for the small employer, business owner or manager designated with the responsibility to develop and manage a firm’s safety and health program or system. Students develop a strong understanding of the benefits of implementing a workplace safety and health management system. Class size is limited and open to participants located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam or American Samoa only.

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Last 2020 Classes via Zoom
Register by Thursday, Dec. 17th!
December 21-22, 2020

In this 1-day class (2 half-days) students will learn about the employer's responsibility to assign a competent person to the excavation site who has the knowledge to perform the work properly. REGISTER HERE
December 21-22, 2020

This 1-day class (in 2 half-day segments) presents a proactive approach to reducing the use of hazardous chemicals in the workplace by transitioning to safer alternatives. REGISTER HERE

2021 Virtual Instructor-Led Training via Zoom
The following is a partial list of upcoming 2021 classes offered online in a live-video format via Zoom by the OSHA Training Institute Education Center:

  • January 5-8, 2021
  • March 1-5, 2021
  • March 30-April 2, 2021

  • January 5-8, 2021
  • February 22-26, 2021

  • January 8, 2021
  • February 23, 2021
  • March 19, 2021

  • January 11-15, 2021
  • February 16-19, 2021
  • March 9-12, 2021

  • January 13-14, 2021 2 HALF-DAYS
  • March 8-9, 2021 2 HALF-DAYS
IMPORTANT: The OSHA numbered live, online video-based classes via Zoom are only available to participants located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam or American Samoa.

No transfers or refunds can be honored fewer than 10 days prior to class.

For more information, contact us by email at otc@clpccd.org or call (866) 936-6742 (calls returned within 24 hours).
2021 In-Person Training
(Includes Hybrid of Zoom and In-Person)
The following is a partial list of upcoming 2021 in-person and hybrid classes offered by the OSHA Training Institute Education Center following strict safety and physical distancing guidelines. Please NOTE: Our in-person class schedule is subject to change based on future state or county orders to stay at home.

  • January 20-22, 2021 | Sacramento, CA

  • February 1-5, 2021 | Sacramento, CA (In-Person Segment)

  • February 3-5, 2021 | Dublin, CA (In-Person Segment)

  • February 10-12, 2021 | Sacramento, CA

  • March 20-28, 2021 | Dublin, CA WEEKENDS
CPWR Provides Free COVID-19 Planning Tool
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has developed a free, online COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool to help protect workers from COVID-19, prevent its spread and keep job sites open.

This free COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool takes you step-by-step through developing your plan, including what to consider when conducting a job hazard analysis for COVID-19, selecting appropriate controls, screening workers and visitors, training employees and implementing the plan.

OSHA, NIOSH and the CDC recommend that employers have a plan to assess risk and take action, and this tool lets users create their plan in four steps:

  • Assess the risk for exposure to COVID-19 and the control measures that will be used to prevent exposure, such as using physical distancing.
  • Establish a protocol for screening workers and visitors and handling those who become sick or may have been exposed on the job.
  • Identify the COVID-19-related training that will be provided, including who will be trained, how the training will be provided, and who will conduct the training.
  • Complete the final elements of the plan, including information about the job and who will be responsible for implementing the plan.

At the end of the steps, you will have a written plan tailored for your job that can be saved, printed, and emailed. There is an option to confidentially register if you want to save and edit your plan(s) at a later time, but registration is not required to use this free tool. Remember to take advantage of your employees’ knowledge of job site conditions as you develop your plan.

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s new Catalog is now available to download or request a copy by mail.

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality OSHA standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industries at our San Francisco Bay Area (Dublin) location as well as other locations in Northern, Central and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa.
We are offering in-person OSHA courses on a limited basis following physical distancing and other strict safety guidelines. Class size is reduced to prevent exposure to COVID-19, so early registration is strongly advised. We are also offering live, online video-based OSHA courses. Visit our website for updated class information.
Our offices are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are available to respond to inquiries by email at otc@clpccd.org or phone at (866) 936-OSHA (6742) (phone inquiries will be answered within 24 hours).