Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer Qualifications

Lindsay has been a safety manager with XYZ Computer Manufacturing Company for five years and wants to strengthen her training qualifications. She currently does all of the occupational safety and health training for her company.

Lindsay wants to expand her training capabilities by offering 10-hour and 30-hour general industry training for other businesses in her area.

Lindsay has a college degree in Occupational Safety and Health from a well-known Columbia Southern University.   She also completed OSHA course 511, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry a few years ago.

How can Lindsay become an Authorized Outreach Trainer?

OSHA authorizes trainers, such as Lindsay, to conduct 10- and 30-hour OSHA training courses through the OSHA Outreach Training Program. The Outreach Training Program is voluntary and promotes workplace safety and health by training workers about their rights and workplace hazards.

Through this program, Lindsay must first complete the prerequisites for a general industry trainer and complete a train-the-trainer course. Once she successfully completes these requirements, Lindsay will receive a completion card and an authorized outreach trainer card.

Here is a list of the prerequisites to become an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer:

For Construction Industry – Complete the OSHA #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction

Prerequisites for Course #500:

  • Five years of construction safety experience

o   College degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for two years of experience

  • Completion of OSHA #510, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry

For General Industry– Complete OSHA #501 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry

Prerequisites for Course #501:

  • Five years of general industry safety experience

o   College degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for two years of experience

  • Completion of OSHA #511, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry

For Maritime Industry – Complete OSHA #5400 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for the Maritime Industry)

Prerequisites for Course #5400:

  • Three years maritime industry experience with at least one of the following:

o   Two years of occupational safety and health experience (with a broad focus) in any industry

o   A degree in occupational safety and health from an accredited college or university

o   Certification as an Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation

o   Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation

o   Certified Marine Chemist (CMC) designation

o   Certified Safety Health Manager (CSHM) designation.

For Disaster Site Workers: Complete OSHA #5600 Disaster Site Worker Train-the-Trainer

Prerequisites for Course #5600:

  • OSHA Course #500 or #501
  • Three years safety training experience
  • Completion of the 40-hour HAZWOPER training

After she receives her card from OSHA, Lindsay will be authorized to teach courses in specific subject areas. For example, she will be able to teach the OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour courses in the general industry.

It is important that Lindsay stays current on all relevant OSHA matters. Therefore, she will be required to attend a trainer update course every 4 years. She can also retake the trainer course to maintain her authorized status. However, if she lets her status expire, she’ll have a 90-day grace period to take the update course.

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