OSHA Revises Requirements for Outreach Training Program Instructors
Revised requirements and procedures for authorized trainers in OSHA’s Outreach Training Program went into effect on April 1, 2017. Recent updates to the program include clarifications of student contact hours, replacement card procedures, and the Trainer Code of Conduct. OSHA also added one new 30-hour construction elective, “Foundations of Safety Leadership.” New documents available via the outreach program’s webpage include program requirements and PDFs outlining separate procedures for construction, general industry, maritime, and disaster recovery.
OSHA’s Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and supervisors on recognizing and preventing occupational safety and health hazards, and on understanding worker rights and employer responsibilities. OSHA does not conduct the classes, but the agency establishes program requirements and authorizes trainers. The Outreach Training Program is voluntary and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.