Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry

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OSHA 501 General Industry Trainer Course


This course is designed for personnel interested in teaching the 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health outreach program to their employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour programs as well as on those that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. Course participants are briefed on effective instructional approaches and the effective use of visual aids and handouts. This course allows the student to become a trainer in the Outreach Program and to conduct both a 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health course and to issue cards to participants verifying course completion.

Prerequisites: Course #511 and five years* of general industry safety experience. A college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for two years of experience. You cannot register for this course until your prerequisites have been verified. Click here to download the verification form. Once you have submitted the form and it has been approved, you will receive a registration code that will allow you to register for this course.

For additional information on becoming a General Industry Authorized Trainer, click here to go to the trainer page.

*Five years of safety experience means: The person has knowledge of the OSHA standards gained by using them in their job for at least five years. They do not need to have devoted all of their time to safety and health, but safety and health was a part of their responsibilities. The OSHA Outreach Trainer course prerequisite verification process requires a prospective student to document at least five (5) years of occupational (workplace) safety and health experience in a respective industry (General Industry or Construction).  It is the responsibility of the OTI Education Center to evaluate information submitted on the form to determine IF an individual has met all the prerequisite requirements set forth by the Directorate of Training and Education/OSHA.  It’s expected that the workplace experience noted on the form is detailed in such a way that it is sufficiently broad in scope and application, that an OTI Education Center may consider the applicant to possess the potential to be effective, i.e. teaching a wide variety of safety and health hazards, prevention and mitigation methods to entry level workers and/or workers and supervisors with some safety responsibilities. Safety and health experience need not be full time, but it must be clear that a fair percentage of work time is spent on safety related activities that support the control or elimination of recognized workplace hazards, and enhances well-being of self and co-workers.

NOTE: Students in this course who wish to participate as authorized trainers in the Outreach Program must successfully pass a written exam at the end of this course. Outreach trainers are required to attend Course #503 at least once every four years to maintain their trainer status.


Participants are provided with documentation and instructions to aid them in being successful Outreach Instructors along with various handout material, and electronic copies of resource materials.


This course is delivered in person using a combination of lectures, audio/visual presentations, group workshops, and hands-on demonstrations. All participants in this course will be required to prepare and conduct a short training session on a topic or topics assigned by the instructor during the workshop.


Additional Information:

  • Prerequisites  - Completion of OSHA #511 Course and fulfillment of experience requirements (click on link to download form and instructions)
  • Books Required - All required manuals are included in course enrollment fee and will b ine distributed as part of the course including a copy of the current 29 CFR 1910 General Industry Standards
  • Continuing Education Credit - 2.6 CEU's
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