OSHA certification is needed to exhibit compliance with industry best practices. There are two major types of industries. General and construction industry so whichever course you undertake, it will vary largely based on that industry.
The OSHA 10-hour training course usually is meant for entry-level employees. However, requirements may differ from workplace to workplace. On the other hand, the OSHA 30-hour course entails training for site leads, managers, etc. — those responsible for safety.
What is the highest OSHA training?
The highest achievement is the OSHA outreach trainer. It is an authorized certification that enables you as a trainer to teach both 10 and 30-hour courses. It is not incumbent from OSHA that you earn an OSHA certification.
Still, it is considered appropriate to equip workers so they are made aware of the SOPs. Employers should too because, at the end of the day, it falls on them to enforce compliance.
In short, OSHA training is voluntary.
OSHA 10 or 30?
This is the question often asked. There is no easy answer. On the surface, OSHA 10-hour outreach training is adequate for a worker, but some states require workers to even undertake OSHA 30-hour outreach training.
Again, training is based on which industry you are associated with and partially the state/municipality you are employed in. For example.
- Connecticut requires the OSHA 10-hour course certification for construction workers. It should have been undertaken within the last 5 years.
- Massachusetts requires construction workers to complete the OSHA 10-hour course before starting the project.
- Similarly, Nevada requires construction as well as entertainment industry workers to undertake the OSHA 10-hour outreach training every 5 years (at the least). Supervisors in the said sectors are expected to complete OSHA 30-hour outreach training at least every 5 years.
- Other states/municipalities like Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia have laws requiring a certain OSHA outreach training.
Although voluntary, whenever you decided to enroll in any OSHA course, make sure the requirements for that state/municipality are met.
Benefits of OSHA training
Regardless of what state you are in or are a worker/supervisor, both OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour outreach training promises benefits.
- It helps workers understand the basics of workplace hazards and safe practices.
- Trainers are tracked by OSHA. Anything deviating from the standards can be straightened out. So, the training you receive will always be from the source (that of the official body).
- Trainers are asked to tailor their curriculum so as to suit the industry and audience.
- Trainers are encouraged to utilize a hands-on approach.
- Employers can better shape their workplace according to the set guidelines of OSHA.
- Spanish speaking trainers’ list is maintained by OSHA so they can be easily located.
- Workers are provided with a strong foundation to build their safety knowledge.
- Enables worker and employer collaboration for team driven safety culture.
- OSHA courses can be also taken online. Amid COVID-19 concerns, while people are at home, you can in the meantime earn an OSHA certification.
Thus, it is definitely worth getting. If you are someone looking for a job, employers prefer an OSHA certification more than a master’s degree in health and safety.
How much does an OSHA certification cost?
The cost will depend on the length of training and its setting. Meaning, online or otherwise. For pricing and other course details, visit our website: OSHA Outreach Courses