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Do You Need to Renew Your OSHA Certification?

Matt Luman April 26, 2017 0

OSHA Certification

There’s a common misconception that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certifies workers. They don’t. So if being “OSHA certified” is out of the question, what’s the next step for construction and general industry workers who need a documentation of workplace safety training? Read our latest blog to find out more about the closest thing to an OSHA certification:

Basics of Outreach Training Programs. Instead of certifying workers, OSHA offers voluntary outreach training programs and authorizes trainers or training providers to deliver the 10-hour or 30-hour courses. Finishing the industry-specific program leads to the issuance of an official completion card from the Department of Labor (DOL). These DOL cards are widely recognized as a training documentation, especially for states and jurisdictions that require workers to complete OSHA’s outreach training program.

Expiration of Course Completion Cards. Workers who have successfully completed the program will receive the 10-hour or 30-hour course completion card. Its validity varies depending on the industry:

  • Construction Industry
    • No expiration date
    • Must receive supplementary training depending on industry-specific hazards
  • General Industry
    • No expiration date
    • Must receive supplementary training depending on industry-specific hazards
  • Disaster Site
    • No expiration date
    • Must receive supplementary training depending on industry-specific hazards
  • Maritime Industry
    • Valid for 5 years (additional training required to retain validity)
    • Must receive supplementary training depending on industry-specific hazards

While the completion card does not expire, it is recommended to take OSHA outreach safety training every 4 to 5 years to stay updated with the latest safety regulations and industry practices. For complete training guidelines, workers are recommended to consult with local regulatory authorities.

Replacement of Course Completion Cards. Have you lost or damaged your 10-hour or 30-hour card? Contact your OSHA-authorized outreach training provider to obtain a replacement card. It is important to note, however, that the replacement card can only be issued to students who have taken the outreach program within the last five years. Only one replacement card can be given per student. So make sure to request for a replacement card before the 5th anniversary of your course completion date.

What if you’ve taken the course more than 5 years ago? OSHA-DOL will not issue a replacement card. To receive a new and valid course completion card, you will have to take the corresponding outreach training program again.

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