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What courses are offered at OSHA Training Institute Education Centers?

A list of the courses offered through authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Centers can be located at http://www.osha.gov/dte/edcenters/course_description.html.

What types of courses are offered by OSHA Training Institute Education Centers?

OSHA courses currently available through the OTI Education Centers include the most popular ones such as the #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry and #501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry. These “train-the-trainer” courses support the OSHA Outreach Training Program, which is the agency’s primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health. Also available through the OTI Education Centers are trainer update courses (#502, #503), Course #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry, #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry and course #5410 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry.

Other OTI Education Center course offerings address such topics as Hazardous Materials, Machine Guarding, Ergonomics, Confined Space, Excavation, Electrical Standards, and Fall Arrest Systems. There are currently a number of one-day seminars in subject areas such as safety and health management, recordkeeping, health care ergonomic guidelines, accident investigation, and emergency evacuation. These courses were added to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend the full-week courses, but would like to benefit from the OSHA training curriculum. A complete listing of courses and a searchable schedule is located at http://www.osha.gov/dte/edcenters/course_description.html.

Can OSHA Training Institute Education Centers deliver on-site safety and health training for companies?

Yes. The OTI Education Centers offer added value in their ability to provide customized corporate training solutions and accommodate requests for on-site training courses.

What if I miss a day in an OSHA Training Institute Education Center course? What if I can’t make it for the entire course?

One-hundred percent attendance is required at all OSHA Training Institute Education Center courses. Please only register for courses for which this requirement can be met.

What is the cancellation policy for OSHA Training Institute Education Center courses?

  • Cancellations received by noon two (2) business days prior to the first day of class will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received after noon two (2) business days prior to the first day of class will not receive a refund but may be eligible for a transfer.
  • No call, no show students will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.

Cancellations should be made by calling 877-345-2515 or emailing info@midsouthoti.org.

Refunds can take up to 10 business days. Appeals to refund decisions can be made by emailing info@midsouthoti.org.

Please note: In the event that Mid-South cancels a class, students will receive a full refund. If you must make travel arrangements, please confirm that your class has met the minimum enrollment number required prior to booking a flight or lodging. Mid-South will not be responsible for expenses associated with travel in any circumstance.

Does the OSHA Course #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry make you a competent person? What courses make you a competent person?

No, the OSHA courses offered through OSHA Training Institute Education Centers will not qualify a student as a competent person. Please see the appropriate OSHA standard to determine what is required to be a competent person.

May an authorized training organization charge fees for student course completion cards?

OSHA Training Institute Education Centers do not receive any funding from OSHA. These organizations support their training programs and Outreach Training Program administrative activities through tuition and fees. For this reason, OSHA authorizes OSHA Training Institute Education Centers to charge fees for processing requests for student course completion cards.

What is the difference between the 30-hour construction outreach training and the OSHA Course #510?

The 30-hour Construction Outreach training is taught by OSHA authorized Construction Outreach Trainers and is intended to provide a variety of training to workers with some safety responsibility. Workers must receive additional training on hazards specific to their job. Training emphasizes construction hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards. Students that successfully complete this training will receive a 30-hour Construction Industry completion card.

The OSHA Course #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction is taught through an authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center. OSHA Course #510 covers OSHA standards, policies, and procedures in the construction industry, as well as construction safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA construction standards. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. Students that successfully complete the course receive a course certificate.

What is the difference between the 30-hour general industry outreach training and the OSHA Course #511?

The 30-hour General Industry Outreach training is taught by OSHA authorized General Industry Outreach Trainers and is intended to provide a variety of training to workers with some safety responsibility. Workers must receive additional training on hazards specific to their job. Training should emphasize general industry hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards. Students that successfully complete this training will receive a 30-hour General Industry completion card.

The OSHA Course #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry is taught through an authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center. OSHA Course #511 covers OSHA standards, policies, and procedures in general industry with special emphasis on those areas in general industry which are most hazardous. Students that successfully complete the course receive a course certificate.

I am new to safety. Which courses should I take?

For a complete listing of OSHA’s training-related requirements, see OSHA Publication #2254, Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines. The OSHA #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry, OSHA #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry or OSHA #5410 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry are standards-based courses and appropriate as an introduction to the safety and health field. If you would like a basic safety and health training program, the 10-hour or 30-hour Outreach Training for your specific industry, General, Construction or Maritime may be beneficial. The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches workers about their rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint, as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job-related hazards. For more information regarding the Outreach Training Program, please visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/index.html.