About OSHA Training

The OSHA Outreach Classroom Training Program is intended for workers covered under the OSH Act. The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers private-sector employers and their employees in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. For this reason, OSHA Outreach Training Program classes must be limited to training conducted within OSHA’s jurisdiction.

While the OSHA Outreach Training Program course is voluntary and does not meet the training requirements contained in any OSHA standard, some states and local jurisdictions have enacted laws mandating outreach training. Additionally, some employers, unions, and various other jurisdictions also require workers to have this training to work on job sites and to fulfill their own safety training goals.

Program Purpose

The Department of Labor (DOL) Outreach Training Program’s purpose is to promote workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. 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. A list of standards requiring training may be found in OSHA Publication 2254, Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines

Designed for Workers

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.

Program Benefits

  • Promotes safety culture through peer training
  • Training is intended to be participatory, using hands-on activities
  • Trainers are able to tailor the training topics based on specific needs of their audience
  • Outreach training content includes hazard recognition and avoidance, workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint; it emphasizes the value of safety and health to workers, including young workers
  • Outreach training is available in languages other than English (Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, etc.)

New York OSHA Training

Workplace safety training benefits New York workers in any industry, from construction and manual labor to the medical field and theme parks. Even if your current employer doesn’t require OSHA Outreach training, earning an OSHA 10 or 30 card from the U.S. Department of Labor is a low-cost way to open doors to new job opportunities.

Local Law 196

When the New York City Council passed Local Law 196 of 2017, the number of required safety training hours increased for workers at most construction sites in New York City. The new training requirement applies to construction and demolition workers at any NYC worksite with a Site Safety Plan.

Starting December 1, 2019, workers will need 30 hours of Site Safety Training (SST) and a Limited SST card, and supervisors will need 62 hours of training and a Supervisor SST card. Before setting foot on the job-site, you will be required to provide a card that proves you completed the appropriate level of training.

Workers can meet Local Law 196 training requirements for the December 1, 2019, deadline by completing a 30-hour OSHA online training course for construction. The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) accepts OSHA 30 cards as equivalent to Limited SST cards, which you can get from a DOB-approved training provider.

Supervisors who currently have an OSHA 30 card must complete an additional 32 hours of DOB-approved training by December 1, 2019. Upon completion of this training, the training provider will issue a Supervisor SST card.

A second training deadline for workers takes effect on September 1, 2020. At this time, all construction workers must have a total of 40 hours of safety training to earn their full SST card.

Program Growth

The OSHA Outreach Training Program was initiated in 1971, and has grown significantly in recent years. The train-the-trainer format expands the reach of the program to increase training availability. Between FY 2012 and FY 2016, more than 3.94 million workers were trained in job hazard recognition and avoidance through the program.

10-hour and 30-hour OSHA Training Programs

The 10-hour training program is primarily intended for entry level workers. The 30-hour training program is intended to provide workers with some safety responsibility a greater depth and variety of training. All outreach training is intended to cover an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards.