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November 18, 2010

OSHA Revises Time Limits for Worker Training Program

Effective immediately, OSHA outreach trainers must conduct 10-hour courses over a minimum of two days and 30-hour courses over at least four days. The change comes after audits showed some classes were lasting up to 13 hours daily, while others were not meeting minimum time requirements.

Revised program policy now requires OSHA trainers to limit worker training classes to a maximum of 7½ hours per day. Before OSHA made this change, there were no limitations on how long these classes could last each day. OSHA became concerned that long, mentally-fatiguing class days might cause students to miss essential safety and health training.

This policy change is effective immediately and will be reflected in the next revision of the Outreach Training Program Guidelines. OSHA will not recognize training classes that exceed 7½ hours per day or do not meet all program content requirements. In such cases trainers will not receive completion cards to distribute to students. Trainers may, however, submit written requests for exceptions to limiting training days to 7½ hours based on extenuating circumstances.

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