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OSHA On-line Course Topics Expanded
March 21, 2007

OSHA Pro’s, Inc., a national OSHA training and consultation
firm serving clients in manufacturing, construction, governmental
and service organizations, has announced the expansion of online OSHA course topics that are now approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for online delivery. Effective immediately, the online 10-hour Construction course in Spanish is available for trainees on OSHA Pro’s website, as is the new OSHA 30-hour General Industry course in English. These join other previously approved online OSHA courses available through OSHA Pro’s, including the 10-hour Construction course in English, the 10-hour General Industry course, and the 30-hour Construction course.

According to OSHA, more than 1.2 million students have received
safety training through the OSHA Outreach training program in the
last four years and were issued their personalized wallet cards.
Prior to now, employers seeking to have their workers trained in
these courses were restricted to arranging an on-site group
training class conducted by an OSHA-authorized Outreach trainer,
or they had to seek out an open enrollment class, which can be
difficult to locate. And the options for Spanish-speaking workers
seeking the 10 hour Construction class were very limited due to
the lack of approved trainers who spoke the language. Now all of
the OSHA Outreach training topics and the accompanying OSHA
credential can be obtained instantly online.

“We still conduct plenty of on site OSHA group classes for
clients, but the benefits of having the option to take one of the
OSHA Outreach courses online are many” said Curtis Chambers,
Vice President of OSHA Pro’s, Inc. “Trainees can now complete the training at their own pace, when and where ever they have the time to sit down and train from a computer with internet access,” Mr. Chambers added. “And because their course is Internet based, they have up to six full months to finish the training, so they can plow straight though or log in and out and train when they have the time.”

While OSHA Outreach training courses are not mandatory per OSHA regulations, the agency developed the Outreach training program so workers could receive training from qualified individuals in pertinent basic health and safety topics, with the goal of preventing workplace injuries and illnesses, as well as fatalities. Some other governmental agencies, such as the States of Massachusetts and Connecticut, have recently enacted laws that make the completion of an OSHA 10-hour Construction course mandatory for all workers at State-funded construction projects. Many private contractors in the United States also make it compulsory that all sub-contractors employees complete the 10 or 30 hour course and carry the course completion wallet card.

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