OSHA unveils new Outreach Training Program cards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has introduced new completion cards for its Outreach Training Program. The cards are more durable and secure to reduce fraud and improve efficiency.

OSHA's Outreach Training Program is composed of 10- and 30-hour voluntary safety courses for industry workers and 15-hour classes for disaster site workers, which cover the basics of workers' rights, OSHA protections, and identifying and avoiding workplace hazards. The courses are not required by OSHA though some cities and employers require workers to complete them. More than 830,000 students were trained through the program during 2015.

Classes are taught by independent consultants trained through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers, and completion cards are given to students at the conclusion of each course. The cards originally were printed on paper, but Feb. 29 marked the switch to new completion cards printed on more durable card stock with authorizing logos, a watermark when copied and a QR code for authentication. Student cards include student name, trainer name, date of issue and the OTI Education Center that produced the card. Trainer cards include trainer name, trainer ID number, expiration date and the OTI Education Center where the trainer was authorized.