The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 10 Hour Course is the building block of any accident and safety prevention training program in the workplace.

This 10 hour course is designed for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone involved in the construction or general industry. OSHA recommends Outreach Training Program courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers.

Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of the job. Upon successful completion of the OSHA 10 Hour course, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10- hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. There is no previous safety training or experience required for this course.

The 10 Hour classes emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control, and prevention. Topics include an introduction to OSHA, electrical standards, and fall protection. Other topics include excavation, scaffolding, tool safety, materials handling, ladder safety, crane and hoist safety, and personal protective equipment.

This safety course has proven to be highly successful in reducing the number of on-the-job accidents and OSHA considers this course their “primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health.”

OSHA outreach training can be delivered via in-person training or, if approved by OSHA, via online training. OSHA has specific guidelines for on-line safety training, and there are only a few on-line safety programs that OSHA has allowed. Make sure any online program has been reviewed and accepted by OSHA for online distribution.

Online safety training has a number of advantages. Employees (students) can train "anytime, anywhere" in the world-whenever there is an internet connection. No more lost time from work travelling to distant seminars. Business travelers can train while working out of town. Employees who work night shifts don't have to lose sleep to attend classes. No matter what your work schedule, online safety training can work for you.

Many online safety course providers allow employee to train at their own pace. Course can be started and stopped by the student when it is most convenient for them. Make sure you can pick up your place where you left off (bookmarking).

Most online training is affordable. Corporations save between 50-70% due to elimination of travel expenses according to Training Magazine. By training online you can eliminate costly hotel stays and training rooms, costly instructors and other incidentals that add up big time! Individuals save time and money travelling to and from home or business to the training site as well.

Author's Bio: 

Peter Altuch, President
HR Training University
“OSHA reviewed and accepted for online distribution”