Volume No. 57
Summary of the OSHA Outreach Training Program
10-Hour Construction vs. 10-Hour General Industry Program
The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration's (OSHA) Outreach Training Program introduces workers to the
basics of safety and health hazard recognition and prevention. OSHA authorizes
trainers who complete construction and general industry train-the-trainer
courses to conduct occupational safety and health classes for workers.
Participation is voluntary.
The Outreach Training Program has
grown rapidly in recent years. In 2008, OSHA distributed nearly 680,000 student
cards to trainers who held over 43,000 classes – an average of almost 850
classes per week. While the number of students completing 30-hour construction
training tripled from 2005 to 2008, over 80% of the classes are 10-Hour classes.
This growth is a result of
industry-wide acceptance. Many employers use the Outreach Training Program to
provide training for their employees. The building trades, general contractors,
employer associations, insurance companies, and manufacturing firms have
integrated the program into their safety and health training plans. Many
employers have chosen to require this training as a condition of employment for
Recent State laws enacted in
Massachusetts, Rhode Is-land, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Missouri and New York
require 10-hour Construction training for workers on publicly funded
How to Find 10- or 30-Hour
Construction Outreach Classes
is a free website that assists workers looking for 10- and 30-hour outreach
training classes. OSHA encourages authorized outreach trainers to add their
trainer profile and training schedules to the site. Users may search for
trainers and schedules based on type of training and proximity.
The New England OSHA Training
Institute Education Center (OTIEC) offers the 10- and 30-hour training
throughout the New England area. See their listing of courses at:
Online training is also available. The
New England OTIEC provides a link to approved online courses at
www.keene.edu/conted/osha.cfm. To obtain a list of OSHA accepted on-line
training, send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Outreach Trainer Lists
The New England OTIEC maintains a list
of active outreach trainers for 10- or 30-hour outreach training. To obtain a
list, call 1-800-449-OSHA (6742), visit
www.keene.edu/conted/osha.cfm, or E-mail to
email@example.com. You must provide your
e-mail address, fax number or mailing address; state(s) you are looking for; and
area of training - Construction and/or General Industry.
In order to meet
the requirements of Section 31-53b of the Connecticut
General Statute for publicly funded construction projects,
workers must attend the OSHA 10-Hour Construction
Outreach Training class.
OTIEC also offers
a 10-Hour General Industry Outreach Training
class. This class does not meet the state requirements.
10-Hour Construction Course Description
Designed for entry-level construction
workers, the 10-Hour Construction Outreach Training Program provides an
introduction to recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site.
Training should emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control and
prevention; not OSHA standards. Workers must receive additional training on
hazards specific to their job. Construction topics include the OSHA Focus Four
Fall Protection (e.g. floors,
Struck by (e.g. falling objects,
Caught in/between (e.g. trench
Additional time is spent on
introducing OSHA, the General Duty Clause, personal protective and lifesaving
equipment, and health hazards in construction.
Participants that successfully
complete the course requirements receive an OSHA 10-hour Construction Course
10-Hour General Industry
The 10-Hour General Industry Outreach
Training Program provides entry-level General Industry workers a broad awareness
on recognizing and preventing hazards. Training should emphasize hazard
identification, avoidance, control and prevention; not OSHA standards. Workers
must receive additional training on hazards specific to their job.
Newly revised General Industry
Outreach topics include: The OSH Act, General Duty Clause, Employee rights and
responsibilities, Whistleblower rights, Recordkeeping basics, Inspections,
Citations and penalties, OSHA website re-sources, Walking/working surfaces
including fall protection, Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans and Fire
Prevention/Protection, Electrical, Personal Protective Equipment and Hazard
In additional, optional topics include
Hazardous Materials (Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Compressed Gases,
Dipping and Coating), Materials Handling, Machine Guarding, Introduction to
Industrial Hygiene, Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomics, Safety and Health
Programs, and Fall Protection.
We Bid You
Farewell and Good Fortune
Five CONN-OSHA employees recently took
advantage of the State’s Retirement Incentive Program. We wish them all health
and happiness in their future endeavors and sincerely thank them for their years
of service and dedication.
Those retiring include:
Thomas Hozebin, Safety & Health
Program Manager. Tom supervised the public sector consultation and
enforcement programs. Prior to becoming a supervisor he spent many years as
a CONN-OSHA Safety Compliance Officer. He worked for the State for 16 years.
Joseph Weber. Joe
supervised the Occupational Safety and Health Statistics unit. He was
nationally recognized for his contributions to the Annual Survey of
Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. He also created a very unique and
interesting OSHA Recordkeeping training agenda. Joe worked for the State for
Roger Rocheleau. Roger was
a public sector Safety Con-sultant. He previously worked for CONN-OSHA as a
Safety Compliance Office and also worked for the Wage and Workplace
Standards unit as a Wage and Hour Investigator. He worked for the State for
Scott Horr. Scott retired
as a Health Compliance Officer but spent most of his career with CONN-OSHA
as a Safety Compli-ance Officer. He worked for the State for almost 17
Usha Maru. Usha was a
private sector Health Consultant and a strong advocate of the SHARP
recognition program. She worked for CONN-OSHA almost 16 years.
Information Bulletin - The 10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety and Health Course
This bulletin is applicable to public
works contracts as de-scribed by Connecticut General Statute § 31-53(g) entered
into on or after July 1, 2009.
This requirement was created by
Public Act No. 08-83, which is codified in Section 31-53b of the Connecticut
The course, program or training is required for public works
contracts as described by Connecticut General Statute § 31-53(g) entered
into on or after July 1, 2009;
It is required of private workers (not state or municipal
workers) and apprentices who perform the work of a mechanic, laborer or
worker pursuant to the classifications of labor under Connecticut General
Statute § 31-53 on a public works project as described by Connecticut. Gen.
Stat. § 31-53(g);
The ten-hour construction safety and health course, pro-gram
or training pertains to the ten-hour Outreach Course conducted in accordance
with federal OSHA Training Insti-tute standards, a new mining training
program approved by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in
accor-dance with 30 CFR 48, or for telecommunications workers, a ten-hour
training course conducted in accordance with fed-eral OSHA standard, 29 CFR
The website for the federal OSHA Training Institute is:
The statutory language leaves it to the contractor and its
employees to determine who pays for the cost of the ten-hour Outreach
Proof of course, program or training completion shall be
demonstrated through the presentation of a “completion document” (card,
document, certificate or other written re-cord issued by federal OSHA or by
the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration) as defined by Connecticut
State Agencies Regs. § 31-53b-1(2);
Any completion document with an issuance date more than 5
years prior to the commencement date of the public works project shall not
constitute proof of compliance with § 31-53b;
For each person who performs the duties of a mechanic,
laborer or worker on a public works project, the contractor shall affix a
copy of the completion document to the certified payroll required to be
submitted to the contracting agency for such project on which such worker’s
name first appears;
Any mechanic, laborer or worker on a public works project
found to be in non-compliance shall be subject to removal from the project
if such employee does not provide satisfactory proof of course completion to
the Labor Commissioner by the fifteenth day after the date the employee is
determined to be in noncompliance;
Any such employee who is determined to be in noncom-pliance
may continue to work on a public works project for a maximum of fourteen
consecutive calendar days while bring-ing his or her status into compliance;
The statute provides the minimum standards required for the
completion of a construction safety and health course, program or training
by employees on public works contracts; any contractor can exceed these
Regulations pertaining to § 31-53b are located at Con-necticut
State Agencies Regulations §31-53b-1 et seq., and are effective May 5, 2009.
The regulations are posted on the CTDOL website;
Any questions regarding this statute or the regulations may
be directed to the Wage and Workplace Standards Division of the Connecticut
Labor Department by telephone at (860)263-6790 or via the internet website
THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED
EXCLUSIVELY AS AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE, AND IS NOT INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR
LEGAL INTERPRETATIONS WHICH MAY ULTIMATELY ARISE CONCERNING THE STATUTE OR THE
This informational bulletin is
available from the CTDOL Division of Wage and Workplace Standards website:
Employers in the construction industry
are well aware of the serious, often fatal, injuries that occur when workers
fall from scaffolding, roofs, or other elevated work areas. However, employers
and workers alike often overlook the hazard of objects falling onto workers
below. In 2007, falling objects and equipment killed 328 workers; 25 per-cent of
those fatalities were in the construction industry.
In Connecticut, a 44-year-old
landscaper lost his life when he was struck by a falling object at a
construction site. While the landscaper was building a stonewall at ground
level, another worker erected a tubular welded frame scaffolding above him. The
scaffold worker was on the third level of the staging when he lost his grip on a
wood board and dropped it. The board struck the land-scaping worker in the head,
causing or resulting in fatal brain injuries.
Employees are at risk from falling
objects when they are beneath cranes, scaffolds, etc., or where overhead work is
being performed. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to concussions,
blindness, or death.
In order to avoid injuries, follow
Enforce the use of hardhats.
Stack materials to prevent
sliding, falling, or collapse.
Secure tools and materials to
prevent them from falling onto people below.
Use debris nets, catch platforms,
canopies, or toe boards to catch falling objects.
Barricade hazard areas and post
Whenever possible, do not allow
employees to work beneath staging, elevated work areas, or underneath moving
OSHA Recordkeeping September 22 or
December 10, 2009. Learn how to fill out the OSHA Log of Work-Related
Injuries & Illnesses (Form 300) accurately and correctly. This class will be
held from 9 am - 12 noon.
Powered Industrial Trucks October
29, 2009. This workshop includes the basic requirements of the OSHA 29 CFR
1910.178 Powered Industrial Truck Standard which affects both General Industry
and Construction material handling operations. This class will be held from 10
am - 12 noon.
Confined Space Safety November 18,
2009. This workshop includes the basic requirements and procedures involved
with permit-required confined spaces as detailed in 29 CFR 1910.146. This class
will be held from 10 am - 12 noon.
Lockout/Tagout: Understanding &
Implementing Energy Control Procedures December 17, 2009. Discussion of
OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.147 standard requires the isolation of energy sources to
prevent accidental re-energization. This class will be held from 10 am - 12
Breakfast Roundtable. This
discussion group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 8:15 am to 9:45 am.
Pre-registration is required. To be placed on the e-mail distribution list,
contact John Able at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes are free and held at 200 Folly
Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT in Conference Room A/B. To register, contact
John Able at email@example.com.
Pre-registration is required. For more training information, visit the CONN-OSHA
Fatality & Casualty
Connecticut Department of Labor - OSHA
38 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
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