Online OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Training FAQ

Online OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Training FAQ


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What is OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Training?

The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces.

Through this program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers or from approved online providers.

Vivid Learning Systems' OSHA 10 & 30 Hour training for General Industry and Construction supports OSHA’s mission of increasing worker productivity and ensuring that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights.

What is covered in the 10 or 30 hour classes?

The 10-hour outreach courses provide basic awareness training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. The course also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and filing a complaint.

The 30-hour outreach courses provide a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards in each industry. OSHA provides authorized trainers procedures for each industry program on the topic outlines for each industry.

Should I take a 10 or 30 hour class?

The 10-hour class is intended for the general workforce, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for supervisors and workers with some safety responsibility.

Is OSHA 10 & 30 Hour training required by law?

OSHA Outreach training is not required according to federal law, however some states have enacted laws mandating the training.  Federal government construction sites require at least a 10 Hour card.

Also, some employers, unions, organizations, or other jurisdictions may also require this training.

States with OSHA 10 Hour Construction training requirements:

  • Connecticut*
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nevada*
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island

* 5 year training renewal required.

How is OSHA 10 & 30 Hour training delivered?

A worker or employer may attend an OSHA 10 or 30 hour class taught by an authorized instructor.  Authorized instructors are located throughout the United States.

A select number of training providers have been authorized by OSHA to deliver the OSHA 10 & 30 Hour training online.  OSHA holds online training providers to high standards regarding course technical accuracy, technology to support training delivery and reporting, and in-house expertise regarding OSHA standards.

Authorized online providers are selected on a competitive basis. Their programs include testing and evaluation aspects which are not required for in-person Outreach training.

What requirments must be met in order to receive an OSHA 10 & 30 Hour training course card from an online class?

Students are required to take a quiz at the end of each lesson within a course.  They have 3 attempts to pass the quiz at a 70% or better passing grade.  Students are required to take a final exam, which is 30 questions randomly aggregated from the courses taken.  They have 3 attempts to pass the final exam at a 70% or better passing grade. Students must complete a course evaluation survey at the end of the final exam.

If a student fails any of the quizzes or final exam after three attempts, they must restart the training in its entirety.

How much time do I have to complete the Online OSHA 10 or 30 Hour training?

Students have up to 180 days to complete the training (including the final exam and course evaluation); the timer begins when the student begins their first lesson.  Only 7.5 hours of training may be completed per day.

When will I get my wallet card?

A temporary certificate of completion can be printed immediately following successful completion of the course by the student.  The student will receive an official OSHA completion card within 6-9 weeks, dependent on OSHA processing times, after successful completion of the final exam and the survey.

Does OSHA 10 or 30 Hour training expire?

For most students, your OSHA completion card does not expire; however, certain States, worksites, unions or employee associations, or government work sites may require students to retake the training every 3-5 years.

I finished all the lessons in the course but the system says I don’t have enough hours to complete – what do I do?

Students are required to complete 10 hours of logged training to be finished with the 10 hour course (and 30 hours of logged training for the 30 hour course).  If you have completed all the assigned courses in under 10/30 hours, the system will prompt you to select/complete more course until the 10/30 minimum hours has been reached.