Will I Receive OSHA Card for Completing the 10 Hour Training Course?

OSHA CertificationIt’s Not About OSHA 10 Hour Certification

Upon completion of a 10 hour OSHA training course, a student receives a Student Completion Card to show he or she has successfully passed the course. This is not considered an OSHA certification, however. OSHA does not offer certification for completing any of the courses taught by their authorized outreach trainers. The only certification related to occupational safety and health that is available is offered to a person who completes an associate’s degree in safety and health or a bachelor’s degree in any field, plus completes 4 or more years of professional safety experience. Then the person has to pass examinations in Safety Fundamentals and/or Comprehensive Practice before they can be designated a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in the United States or the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC).

The OSHA 10 hour training course is an orientation to occupational safety and health topics designed for entry level workers. It is required by some employers, unions, or other organizations, and some state governments by law. OSHA does not require workers to take the course, but does require training on hazards specific to a worker’s particular job. The 10 hour OSHA course provides a good introduction to the most common hazards encountered in work situations, and how to recognize and prevent them. The course also gives workers information on their rights, the responsibilities of employers, and on how to file a complaint.

The 10 hour general industry OSHA course emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control, and prevention. Some of the specific topics covered in the course include fall protection, fire prevention plans and emergency action plans, electrical hazards, personal protective equipment, and hazard communication. Other topics are covered that may be related to particular types of work.

The construction 10 hour OSHA course is similar to the general industry course, but focuses on topics that are more specific to construction work, specifically the OSHA Focus Four Hazards. Since most construction fatalities are caused by falls, a large segment of the course covers fall hazards. The other three hazards important in preventing construction work injuries and deaths are electrocution, struck-by hazards (such as by falling objects, trucks, or cranes), and caught-in or between hazards (such as trench or equipment hazards). Also covered are personal protective and lifesaving equipment and health hazards of construction work.

There is no such thing as OSHA 10 Hour Certification

Upon completion of your course you you will not receive OSHA certification, but you will receive an OSHA 10 hour Card to show that you successfully passed the course. You can show this card to any prospective employers or unions who may need or want to know that you have received the training. They will know that you have received training from an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer on occupational safety and health hazards and prevention.