OSHA 30-hour general industry training is typically recommended for supervisors, managers, and safety personnel who have workers at general industry work-sites who may be exposed to safety and health hazards on the job. Safety committee members and union safety reps are also ideal candidates to take the OSHA 30-hour general industry class.
While OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does not mandate the OSHA 30-hour training for personnel in these positions, many state agencies do. Furthermore, many employers elect to require certain personnel (typically supervisors and safety personnel) to complete this training to ensure a safe work environment.
OSHA 30 general industry training is particularly important for individuals in safety and supervisory roles. It equips them with the knowledge to identify hazards, implement safety protocols, and ensure compliance with applicable OSHA 1910 regulations.
The OSHA trainer must expand on the number or time of mandatory or elective topics listed below such that the minimum length of the class is 30-hours (excluding breaks etc). Mandatory and elective topics to be covered in the 30-hour general industry class include:
- Introduction to OSHA – 2 hours minimum
- Managing Safety and Health – 2 hours minimum
- Walking and Working Surfaces, including fall protection – 1 hour minimum
- Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention Plans, and Fire Protection – 2 hours minimum
- Electrical – 2 hours minimum
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – 1 hour minimum
- Materials Handling – 2 hours minimum
- Hazard Communication – 1 hour minimum
Electives: At least 5 of the following topics must be presented. The minimum length of time spent to cover any one topic is one-half hour:
- Hazardous Materials (Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Spray Finishing, Compressed Gases, Dipping and Coating Operations)
- Permit-Required Confined Spaces
- Lockout / Tagout
- Machine Guarding
- Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
- Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Fall Protection
- Safety and Health Programs
- Powered Industrial Vehicles
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About On-site OSHA 30-hour General Industry Training Classes
Q – How many days does an OSHA 30-hour general industry training class typically take to complete?
A – OSHA policy only allows 7.5 hours of actual training time (excludes lunch / breaks) during a day. So it takes a minimum of four full days to complete an OSHA 30 hour general industry training class. We conduct our on-site OSHA 30-hour classes over four consecutive workdays; but this can be done to include a mix of weekdays and weekend days upon request.
Q – How long does it take to get the OSHA 30-hour certification cards after completing the OSHA 30 class?
A – Students who successfully complete an OSHA 30-hour general industry class will receive an official Department of Labor OSHA wallet card documenting they completed their training. It takes approximately two to four weeks for the wallet cards to be produced and sent to the students. However, students also receive a personalized certificate of completion proving they completed their training after the OSHA 30 general industry class is completed; this certificate serves as proof of training until the wallet card is received. Be aware, however, that OSHA states very clearly in their policy no student is “certified” by OSHA when they complete their training (because there is no such thing as “OSHA certification“), and the card simply serves as proof the student completed their 30-hour general industry training class.
Q – I have employees who speak English and others who speak Spanish (or some other language) who need this 30-hour training. Can you provide a bi-lingual OSHA trainer? Or, can I provide a bilingual interpreter to assist your OSHA trainer so everyone can attend just one class together?
A – The short answer is “no”. OSHA policy requires that all training be provided in a language in which students understand. So, if a trainer covered all 30 hours’ worth of required material in English and then in Spanish, or if a translator was provided to repeat everything the OSHA trainer said in another language, it would take twice as long (60 hours) to cover all required information for the class; that would be cost prohibitive. We have OSHA-authorized trainers who can provide OSHA 30-hour general industry training classes in either English or Spanish; and while several of them are bi-lingual, the class must be conducted in one language in which all the students can understand.