Facts About OSHA 10 & 30 Online Training
HSI is one of the extremely few companies authorized by federal OSHA to provide the 10/30 hour courses online, and one of an even fewer who provides all courses in Spanish. Online training courses for the OSHA Outreach program: OSHA 10-hour for General Industry, OSHA 10-hour for Construction, OSHA 30-hour for General Industry, and OSHA 30-hour for Construction.
All of HSI's courses are offered in English and Spanish. In addition, we provide specialty OSHA 10/30 training to help meet NYC requirements, and all trainings are approved for Cal/OSHA.
Employees who successfully complete 10 or 30 hour courses are given “completion” hard cards.
Are OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour courses required?
Yes and no. In many states, the OSHA 10-hour Construction course is required for construction workers. These include but are not limited to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
Every federal government construction project requires workers to have an OSHA 10-hour construction card.
Additionally, some general contractors and construction managers across the country mandate workers on their sites have an OSHA 10 or 30-hour card in order to walk on a job-site or bid on a project. This is something driven by industry, not the government. Many labor unions do the same.
It's important to note that OSHA 10/30 is not relegated just to "construction" or "construction workers". The OSHA 10/30 training is often mandatory for many other workers, especially in the manufacturing and hospitality industries, and even general office workers.
Federal OSHA does not mandate the training. According to OSHA: “Outreach training does not fulfill the training requirements found in OSHA standards. Employers are responsible for providing additional training for their workers on specific hazards of their job as noted in many OSHA standards.”
How often should I get OSHA certifications?
OSHA training does not have an expiration date from a federal perspective. However, from a state, local or private perspective, it would be best to retake the training every three to five years. The state and local authorities usually set a limit on how recent your DOL card needs to be. Employers may want you to refresh your knowledge to ensure work environment safety, set organizational standards and adhere to state or local laws.
Online or In-person OSHA 10/30 training?
While many contractors, labor unions and private companies perform on-site/in-person training, nearly 60% of all trainees take the OSHA 10/30 training online! It's no surprise given the convenience of online training, especially for training that can take 10 to 30 hours over several days. The online training is the same as in-person training since there is very specific curriculum in this training realm.
Where OSHA 10 & 30 hour training isn’t required by local jurisdiction, an employer, or labor union, why would an employee take it?
OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety training is for anyone who wants to learn a lot about OSHA and safety quickly. 10 hours of content takes you through the history of OSHA and teaches you important hazard recognition skills on certain topics. 30 hours goes much farther in occupational health and safety.
OSHA 10 and 30 hour training is typically used when:
- You are new to safety and need a quick study
- You are a supervisor with safety responsibilities
- You are an HR professional with safety responsibility
- You are seeking “qualified person” designation
- You lead a safety committee
- Your employer offers the courses for continuing education
- You want to build safety leadership skills and knowledge quickly
- You need to earn an OSHA card to work
According to OSHA: “The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. Outreach classes also provide overview information regarding OSHA, including workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.”
Do people teach OSHA 10 and 30 hours classes?
Yes, there are authorized trainers and safety consultants out there teaching classes.
Here’s something to know...if you lose your card and need it replaced, you have to find the original authorized trainer or safety consultant who taught the class, if you or someone in your company can remember who it was. If you lose your card after training with an online provider, you can go back to the provider who has digital proof of your training.
Does it really take 10 hours or 30 hours?
Yes! The government mandates the time each individual participant must spend in training. If a worker tries to complete a course by moving through the material as quickly as possible, they will actually have to consume more safety content than if moving at the intended pace, because material will be added until the 10 or 30 hour training time requirement is met.
Additionally, you cannot take all 10 or 30 hours at once! OSHA 10 hour training must take at least 2 days to complete. OSHA 30 hour training takes 4 days to complete whether your training is online or with an authorized trainer in a live instructional setting.
Summit Training Source
Summit Training Source was one of the very few companies authorized by Federal OSHA to provide online OSHA 10/30 training many years ago. Summit Training Source was acquired by HSI and as such Summit had it's named changed within OSHA. However, since cards technically never expire, if you have lost your card and need to return to the original authorized training, you can contact HSI.