The OSHA 10 training program (also known as the OSHA Outreach Training) is the single most popular course for safety training in the US. This course is mandated in a number of states and over 1.6 million students have been trained over the past three years. OSHA authorizes trainers who complete the required training to teach this course, and students who complete the course receive an OSHA 10 hour card as proof of their completion.
In the past, the OSHA 10 course has been available online, via video conference (webinar) and through live, instructor led classrooms. Courses can be found in all 50 states through various state, city, and private OSHA authorized instructors. Most course have been delivered in one full ten hour day. All that has changed effective October 1, 2010.
OSHA Authorized instructors will no longer be permitted to deliver training in ten (10) hour increments. That means, that you can no longer complete your OSHA 10 in one full day's training session.
OSHA having considered the issue of how people absorb training, no longer believes that students can retain safety training in ten hour increments. Limiting training to more reasonable time increments will likely lead to more effective OSHA 10 training. The maximum number of hours in one day has been set at 7.5 hours. OSHA 10 Hour training must now be delivered over a minimum of two days and OSHA 30 Hour training is to be delivered over a minimum of four (4) days. OSHA states that they will only consider exceptions to the new OSHA 10 Hour training rules in "extremely extenuating circumstances." Cost, time lost, trainer availability, etc. cannot be considered as factors.
OSHA 10 hour training has enjoyed a tremendous popularity in this country as workplaces have become safer, and adding these new restrictions may actually have a counter effect of fewer people being trained due to the time restrictions.
Additionally, OSHA 10 online training does not appear to be effected as it is still possible to register for online training and complete the course in one day if desired. While most students will choose to complete the course at their own pace and leisure, this one day training option for OSHA 10 online still appears to be possible.
Peter Altuch, President
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OSHA 10 On-Site Class Information NYC October 2010
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