Achieving and maintaining the proper safety standards for regulatory compliance is critical for a successful operation. How to do this is sometimes viewed as a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The process begins with certified OSHA training at the employee level. OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 30-hour outreach training courses are designed to address the most basic safety issues up to and including the more complex real world situations encountered within a particular industry or specific facility. These courses are industry-specific; training for a tower construction crew would be different than for warehouse employees.

OSHA 10 & OSHA 30 Safety Training
OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Training Is Industry-Specific

What is OSHA 10-hour training?

The OSHA 10-hour outreach training course is intended to provide basic key safety knowledge for workers and employers through:

  • A 2-hour session providing an introduction to OSHA
  • Five 1-hour sessions covering five mandatory OSHA topics
  • Two 1-hour sessions on a number of elective topics which are set by OSHA
  • A 1-hour session on optional topics surrounding other general industry standards and specific safety policies.

The main objective of the OSHA 10-hour training program is to give students the ability to recognize, avoid, abate, and prevent safety and health hazards in workplaces. This training also teaches workers about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

What is OSHA 30 hour training?

The OSHA 30-hour outreach training course targets managers and supervisors or those who have some responsibility for overseeing safety in the workplace. This course delivers more in-depth knowledge on safety issues through:

  • 13-hours of instruction on mandatory OSHA topics
  • 10-hours addressing optional topics outlined by OSHA
  • 7-hours of instruction devoted to other general industry standards or policies. This time may also be used to expand on mandatory OSHA topics.

Mandatory topics are required and must be conducted for the minimum amount of time indicated.  These topics are determined by OSHA.

Elective topics must be chosen by the trainer from an OSHA-provided list on the trainee’s specific industry procedures.  Usually the choices are based on industry, locality, or audience needs.  OSHA requires a minimum number of these topics that must be taught and a minimum amount of time that must be devoted to these topics.

Optional topics are intended to supplement the mandatory and elective topics.  These topics are intended to provide a trainer with increased flexibility to fulfill training time requirements.  Additional time in mandatory or elective topics is necessary if optional topics are not covered.

OSHA Certified Training Credentials for Instructors and Trainees
Certified Training Credentials for Instructors and Trainees

Why invest in OSHA 10 and/or OSHA 30 instruction with an OSHA certified safety instructor?

  • Save on insurance costs. Most providers of workers comp insurance will say that the number one thing a business can do to reduce premium cost is to develop or refresh a safety program. Consult with insurance providers on how OSHA compliant training might lower workers compensation rates.
  • Compliance with OSHA, federal, and state workplace safety regulations
  • To provide a foundation for a safer, more efficient work environment.
  •  “Annual safety training through OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour classes only tend to expand the knowledge base in your employees”, says Bryan Dixon, Course Director at LBA University.  “These courses also offer the opportunity for the employer to revisit trends from your past statistics that need to be addressed,” added Dixon.

What are the format guidelines for certified OSHA instruction?

  • Training is limited to a maximum of 7 ½ hours per day.   10-hour classes must take a minimum of two days. 30-hour classes must take a minimum of four days.
  • Trainers may break the class into time segments to deliver the training over multiple days, weeks, or months.  Each segment must be a minimum of one hour in length.
  • Each outreach class must be completed within 6 months of its start date.  If the training will take longer than 6 months, an exception must be received from OSHA following the exception procedure.
On-Site OSHA Outreach Training Class
On-Site OSHA Outreach Training Class

How should a typical class look and feel?

  • Trainees should have a comfortable training environment, laptop power and/or note taking materials, refreshment and break facilities, and suitable A/V equipment and training aids.
  • Training should include workshops, cases, exercises, and demonstrations that involve student participation and interaction.
  • Training schedules and content should conform to earlier discussed OSHA requirements.
  • Videos cannot comprise more than 25 percent of the time spent in training.
  • If CPR and First Aid are taught in conjunction with 10 or 30 hour training, they should be presented only supplementary to required course content.
  • The course instructor should be a current OSHA-certified Safety Instructor.
  • Trainees successfully completing the training should be issued a DOL/OSHA card by the instructor. Some training programs available in the marketplace are not authorized to issue genuine OSHA cards.

What are the qualifications of an OSHA-certified safety instructor?

  • Minimum years of industry safety experience.
  • Successful completion of two rigorous courses only offered through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) or its OTI Education Centers.
  • A certified OSHA Outreach Trainer must remain current on relevant OSHA matters by taking a special requalification course every four years.
  • The certified OSHA Outreach Trainer must adhere to the most current Outreach Training Program requirements and related procedures.
  • Each outreach trainer must sign a statement verifying that the training they conduct will be in accordance with Outreach Training Program requirements and procedures.

How to find the right OSHA certified training:

  • Look for a program willing to work closely with company risk and safety managers.
  • Demand a customized course that covers all of the key topics relevant to a specific work environment.
  • Choose an instruction provider that can ensure that students go away with additional knowledge and confidence to help create a safer, more efficient workplace.

LBA University safety training

About LBA University safety training

LBA University offers an array of on-site and on-line OSHA safety courses. You can consult its catalog at OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour instructor-led classes are offered at LBA’s campus in Greenville, NC or can be brought to any location across the U.S.  Classes are customized to focus on the specific topics relevant to each business or work site.

Bryan Dixon is the LBA University® course director. He has two decades of industrial, construction and fire safety training and management experience and is a certified OSHA Outreach Trainer.

We would be happy to answer questions on OSHA 10 and 30 training and explain any aspect of the LBA University catalog of OSHA compliant training.  Simply contact us at: or 252-317-2135.

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About The Author

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LBA Group, Inc. has 60 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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