Becoming an OSHA Authorized Trainer for General Industry 10- and 30- Hour Training

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I recently became an OSHA Authorized Trainer for General Industry 10- and 30-hour training.

Wonder how that happens? Curious about doing it yourself? I’ve explained how it works below.

First, you apply to an OSHA Education Center (the one where you want to take the following courses). I applied at the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, which is associated with the University of Washington and their School of Public Health.

Next, you’ve got to take and successfully complete OSHA Course #511, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry. I wrote about taking this course here.

And then, you’ve got to take OSHA Course #501, Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry.

I took both of the courses with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and with instructor Harvey McGill, who was great. It’s also worth pointing out that I learned a TON from my classmates in both classes as well.

In both courses, I was required to pass a knowledge-based final examination. In addition, in the “Trainer” course, I had to lead a short, sample training session. Our instructor selected our topic for us; mine was safety and health programs, and I stuck to some tips from the new OSHA Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines for this.

If you’d like to do the same, I encourage you to go for it. And feel free to write me with any questions you may have.

Finally, thanks to the good folks at the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, to my instructor Harvey McGill, and all my co-students.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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