OSHA 10 hour and OSHA 30 hour trainers and students throughout the country, including Minnesota, should be aware that OSHA has begun to roll out new certification cards for students and trainers. The new cards are more durable than the paper version currently in use, and more importantly, are more difficult to fraudulently copy. The new cards will be made of more durable card stock, not unlike a credit card. They will also feature a QR code for authentication.
The “OSHA 10” and “OSHA 30” hour training programs are customized for various industry types including construction, maritime, and general industry. There is also a 15-hour class for disaster site workers. The training programs cover the basics of workers’ rights and OSHA protections, and describe how to identify, avoid and prevent workplace hazards. The courses are not required by OSHA, although in some cases they may be required as a condition of a union or project contract, or by individual employers, contractors, etc. The classes are taught by independent consultants who are trained and authorized by OSHA through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
The OTI Education Centers will maintain an electronic database of authorized trainers and students who have completed the OSHA 10 hour and OSHA 30 hour classes. This will allow employers and workers to authenticate their card with the use of a QR code on each card. OTI Education Centers will charge $8 each for the new cards, compared to $5 for the current paper cards.
Workers who already have 10-hour and 30-hour cards do not need to change over to the new cards. They may choose to purchase a new card by contacting the trainer who conducted the class, but only if the course was taken within the past three years. The new cards will be issued for in-person training sessions only. Online courses will continue to be offered by authorized providers, but students who complete online training will continue to receive paper cards at this time.
If you need OSHA 10 hour or OSHA 30 hour safety training (general industry or construction) for you or your staff, please remember that you MUST use a trainer who has been authorized by OSHA to provide the training, like Sotera Consulting. We can provide safety training on this and just about any other safety training topic you need, anywhere in MN or elsewhere.