Be Sure to Check OSHA Training Cards
With the increased volume of work in many areas of the U.S., it is easy to push the administrative part of the project through to save time on the front end. However, contractors should not assume that all worker OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour training cards are legitimate. Since OSHA started the 10-hour and 30-hour outreach training, there continues to be instances of fraudulent and unauthorized training cards being provided to construction workers. So, it is incumbent on contractors to verify that new hires and those attending classes have and receive legitimate cards from authorized trainers. OSHA is moving to plastic, color coded cards, (away from the white, paper cards) so that is one item you can look for. You can contact the OSHA outreach fraud hotline at 847-297-4810 to file complaints about program fraud and abuse.
SMACNA has received questions on OSHA outreach training in the past, and here are answers to the most common questions and links to related resources. OSHA trainers must be authorized by OSHA and you can verify authorized trainers by contacting the local OSHA outreach training institute (OTI) organization. The proper OTI organization should be at the top of the card. On-line OSHA outreach trainers must also be on the list of current authorized by OSHA. OSHA 10 and 30-hour cards for construction and general industry do not expire. However, you need to be aware of any states and cities that may have additional expiration requirements.
OSHA has a list of other frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide good guidance to employers, workers and trainers. For additional information on OSHA outreach training, feel free to visit that webpage or contact Mike McCullion, director of market sectors and safety at 703-995-4027 or email@example.com.
Note: Clarification to last week’s mailing on silica enforcement dates. The state of New York plans to enforce the silica rule starting in September for private entities including contractors but will start enforcement in June for public organizations such as schools. However, contractors are encouraged to start compliance actions soon in preparation for the final enforcement date.