OSHA Revises Requirements for Outreach Training Program Instructors

Published February 22, 2017

​Revised requirements and procedures for authorized trainers in OSHA’s Outreach Training Program will go into effect on April 1, 2017. Recent updates by OSHA include clarifications of student contact hours, replacement card procedures, and the Trainer Code of Conduct. The agency also added one new 30-hour construction elective, “Foundations of Safety Leadership,” to the selection of classes. New documents available via the outreach program’s webpage include program requirements (PDF) and PDFs outlining separate industry procedures for construction, general industry, maritime, and disaster recovery.

OSHA’s Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and supervisors on recognizing and preventing occupational safety and health hazards, and on understanding worker rights and employer responsibilities. OSHA does not conduct the classes, but the agency establishes program requirements and authorizes trainers. The Outreach Training Program is voluntary and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.