January 2012

National Fund Updates OSHA Outreach Training

The National Training Fund has been conducting OSHA Outreach Training for many years. As a result of this training, we have six master instructors and over 460 qualified OSHA outreach instructors. The OSHA Outreach Training Program was revised in April of 2011 and the changes have implications for our instructors.
To support safety training, the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education has provided two publications for the construction industry:

-Outreach Training Program Requirements covering the requirements for OSHA authorized trainers in all outreach training programs

-Outreach Training Program for the construction industry procedures

Both of these publications can be found on the OSHA website at www.osha.gov. Just click on the "Training" link.

To become an authorized OSHA outreach trainer, a person must meet the following training and experience prerequisites:

1. Five years of construction safety experience. A college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for a total of two years of experience); and

2. Completion of OSHA course #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry. Please note that the 30-hour construction outreach course is not considered equivalent to course #510. The 30-hour construction outreach course is a hazards-based course. The OSHA #510 course covers OSHA standards and is only offered through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) or its OTI Education Centers.

The six ironworker master instructors fall under the OTI Education Center managed by CPWR. These six instructors will be conducting the OSHA #500, OSHA #510 and OSHA #502 courses. In 2012, the National Training Fund has scheduled these courses at the regional training centers located in Northern New Jersey, St. Louis, Missouri, and Benicia, California.

The OSHA #510 course covers OSHA standards and is a 32-hour course, and again I say, this course is a prerequisite to the OSHA #500 course.

To stay current on relevant OSHA matters, qualified ironworker outreach trainers are required to attend the OSHA #502 course, which is a 24-hour course.

For more information regarding OSHA outreach trainers, contact our office at 202-383-4870.