October 10, 2019

OSHA Considers New Online Model for Outreach Training Program

OSHA is considering adopting a new online delivery model for its Outreach Training Program, which educates workers and employers on how to recognize, abate, and prevent job-related hazards in the construction, general, and maritime industries, and at disaster sites. The agency is requesting feedback regarding whether the potential new model would address issues associated with the existing model. According to the Federal Register, OSHA’s concerns about the existing model include inconsistent training quality and insufficient monitoring and oversight available to the agency. The new model to administer online classes for the program, the Online Outreach Training Program Consortium Model, is intended to provide safeguards against some of these issues.

Under the new potential model, a “consortium” would consist of three or four collaborators. A three-collaborator consortium would include OSHA, an OSHA Training Institute Education Center, and an online provider. According to OSHA, four-collaborator consortiums would add a stakeholder organization such as an association or employer that is interested in developing and offering online outreach training to only their members. Each consortium member would have specific responsibilities under a formal agreement. The potential new model would be limited to OSHA’s 10- and 30-hour outreach courses for the construction, general, and maritime industries. It would not include the disaster site worker training program.

OSHA is accepting comments about this new potential model until Dec. 9, 2019. For more information, see the agency’s press release or view the Federal Register notice.