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The Benefits of OSHA Training

By Albert V. Condello III Ph. D CSP CHMM

Learn More About Online Safety DegreesOne needs to have a diverse education to be successful practicing safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training provides you with the necessary knowledge base to give advice and guidance when assisting in safe business practices.

One way to gain experience in a particular industrial section is by focusing on what the various industrial-specific OSHA certification offerings are.  There are pre-requisites you must satisfy to become an OSHA outreach instructor. 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. 

Many training resources that OSHA has available to safety professionals are available without having to complete an OSHA train-the-trainer course. Lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, publications, and in-depth topic discussions are but a few of the many resources that are currently available from the OSHA website. Once you have received your degree in OSH, you will want to learn the minimum regulatory requirements for the construction, general industry and maritime standards, as well as what to do when helping a community to recover from the aftermath of a hurricane or natural disaster as a disaster site worker.

In order to perform safety inspections, it is imperative that you understand the OSHA standards. General industry standards found in 29 CFR 1910 apply to all industries. They are referred to as horizontal standards. This is a good foundation to build upon and obtaining an OSHA #511 wallet card by attending a 4-day, 30-hour course is a pre-requisite to enrolling in the OSHA #501 General Industry Outreach Instructor Training Course.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training provides you with the necessary knowledge base to give advice and guidance when assisting in safe business practices.

These courses are offered through your local OSHA Education Center and are an investment in yourself that will have a definite payback. Some employers, unions, and industrial safety councils, as well as various state and local jurisdictions require workers to have this training to work on job sites and to fulfill their own safety training goals.

For those who wish to enter the construction industry, taking the 30-hour OSHA Construction Standards 29 CFR 1926, OSHA #510 is highly recommended. Ideally you should enroll in both general industry and construction standards 30-hour courses. This is so that you can eventually attend the Construction Train-the-Trainer, OSHA #500.

By having an online safety degree from Columbia Southern University combined with professional certification as either an Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Marine Chemist (CMC) or Certified Health & Safety Manager (CHSM), you will satisfy two of the five years required by OSHA to be able to enroll in OSHA certification opportunities.

To help workers who respond to manmade or natural disasters, OSHA has a Disaster Site Worker Course, OSHA#5600.  This will allow you to become an OSHA Outreach Instructor, provided that you have completed either the OSHA #500 trainer course for construction standards or OSHA #501, the General Industry Standards Trainer Course. You must also have three years of experience and complete a 40-hour HAZWOPER course.

The benefits realized after attaining your OSH online safety degree are many. When combined with OSHA safety training, you will have the diverse background to be able to assist a business when performing safety audits and inspections. Having exposure to the OSHA standards combined with the necessary knowledge and understanding of such regulations will help you when asked to develop recommendations and implement corrective actions from identified site inspection deficiencies.
BIO: Albert V. Condello III Ph. D CSP CHMM, lecturer on safety management, environmental and fire protection engineering, currently is a professor at the University of Houston. Condello is also a graduate of Columbia Southern University.

References

OSHA Outreach Instructor – Prerequisites
https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/authorized.html

OSHA Outreach Training Program Requirements – dated February 2013
https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/program_requirements.pdf

OSHA Outreach Training Program FAQs
 https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/faqs.html#11a