Get that Contract: Training Required for Government Work
So you want to transition from working on civil contracts to securing a federally funded project? What are the health and safety requirements that you have to consider? For starters, the Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM 385-1-1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is your go-to guide. Read on to find out more about the training essentials for government work: What is the EM 385-1-1 manual? The EM 385-1-1 manual specifies all the health and safety requirements for military, civilian or contractor personnel who are involved with military and government projects. It includes over 900 pages of stringent standards and regulations ranging from program management to PPE and safety equipment. Compliance with the EM 385-1-1 manual is a must—especially for federal projects with hazardous, toxic, and radioactive waste (HTRW) activity. What are the notable training aspects for contractors? In compliance with EM 385-1-1 regulations, contractors are required to designate a Site Safety Health Official (SSHO) who understands the specific health and safety requirements of USACE.
- As a minimum requirement, SSHOs must have completed a 30-hour OHSA construction or general industry safety course (or an equivalent course) and present the corresponding training card to the senior project official. SSHOs must also complete a 40-hour course as required by the EM 385-1-1 manual. To maintain competency, SSHOs must take 8 hours of documented training each year.
- Project personnel who are involved in HTRW operations must satisfy the 40-hour training requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 and 29 CFR 1926.65. Topics include safety and health hazards, line of authority, personal protective equipment, work practices to minimize hazardous risks, safe usage of engineering controls and equipment, medical surveillance, documentation procedures, emergency response plans, confined space safety, and spill containment.
- Prepare an Accident Prevention Plan.
- Understand how to become an SSHO.
- Know the qualifications and responsibilities of an SSHO.
- Complete an Activity Hazard Analysis form.
- Identify the requirements for jobsite auditing, incident response and reporting, site personnel training, hazard communication, and more.