OSHA 10 General Industry Course Description

10-hr General Ind. Course Description

I often get asked what the outline or course description is for the OSHA 10-hr General Industry Outreach Training Program. Below is a course description and outline:

General Industry” applies to every industry except for construction, maritime and agriculture. Examples of where the OSHA General Industry standards apply include but are not limited to: manufacturing of all kinds, cleaning companies, maintenance and facilities, catering, restaurants, hotels, offices, mechanics, other shops, HVAC fabrication, marble and granite fab shops, and any other place of business that is not construction, ship building or agriculture.

This training program is intended to provide entry level general industry workers information about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to contact OSHA as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards. This training is intended to be customized as you can see in the outline below. This program can be geared toward supervisors, but the OSHA 30-hr General Industry Outreach Training is best designed for that. The training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards which a worker may encounter. Per OSHA’s instruction, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards. Instructional time must be a minimum of 10 hours.

Per OSHA there are 7 hours of Mandatory topics with time allotments for each topic, 2 hours of Elective topics, and 1 hour of Optional topics. The minimum topic requirements are as follows:

Mandatory – 7 hours

a)   Introduction to OSHA – 2 hours.

  1. OSHA has required content for this module that each Outreach Trainer must use.
  2. Covers workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. It includes helpful worker safety and health resources. It also provides samples of a weekly fatality and 3 catastrophe report, material data safety sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.
  3. Materials include an Instructor Guide, PowerPoint slides, student handouts, and participatory activities.

b)   Walking and Working Surfaces, including fall protection – 1 hour.
c)   Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention and Protection Plans – 1 hour.
d)   Electrical – 1 hour.
e)   Personal Protective Equipment – 1 hour.
f)    Hazard Communication – 1 hour.

Elective – 2 hours

Must present at least two hours of training on the following topics. At least two topics must be presented. The minimum length of any topic is one-half hour.
a)   Hazardous Materials
b)   Materials Handling
c)   Machine Guarding
d)   Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
e)   Bloodborne Pathogens
f)    Ergonomics
g)   Safety and Health Program
h)   Fall Protection

Optional – 1 hour

Teach other general industry hazards or policies and/or expand on the mandatory or elective topics. The minimum length of any topic is one-half hour.

The Outreach Training Program is voluntary. However, some states and local jurisdictions have enacted laws mandating Outreach training. Some employers, unions, and various other jurisdictions also require workers to have this training to work on job sites and to fulfill their own safety training goals.

If you have any questions or would like more detail, please contact us and ask for me, the Spanish OSHA Guy! (Or… you could just ask for Steve.) Thanks for taking the time to read this far down. I look forward to the opportunity and privilege of training you and your employees.

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  1. Steve Penfield
    4 weeks ago

    Hi Steve,

    What is the cost of this program, and is this class an online class?


    • spanishOSHAguy
      4 weeks ago

      Hi Steve Penfield,
      Thanks for the question. The cost for an in-person OSHA 10-hr class varies from trainer to trainer. And yes, there is also an online version that you can choose from. OSHA maintains a list of OSHA-accepted providers for online 10-hr Outreach Training in Construction and in General Industry. See this webpage: https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/training_providers.html
      Anyway, I’ll contact you via email and see how many people you expect and give you a custom quote.
      All my best,
      Steven St. Laurent

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