Facts About OSHA 10 & 30 Online Training

Facts About OSHA 10 & 30 Online Training

Jill James

Jill James

Chief Safety Officer

Jill James brings an unrivaled perspective on risk, regulation and liability. With 14 years of experience as a Senior OSHA Safety Investigator with the State of Minnesota, and nearly a decade in the private sector as a safety program manager, Jill is a passionate advocate for training ROI.

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Thanks to our new relationship with Summit Training Source, Vivid is now offering new 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.

Summit Training Source is authorized by federal OSHA to provide the 10/30 hour courses online.

Employees who successfully complete 10 or 30 hour courses are given “completion” cards.

Are OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour courses required? 

Yes and no. In 7 states, the OSHA 10-hour Construction course is required for construction workers: 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.

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.”

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.