Classroom OSHA 15 Hour Disaster Site Worker

OSHA Outreach Training (10 Hour, 30 Hour and Disaster Site Worker)

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About This Training

Course Purpose

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Disaster Site Worker Outreach Training Program intends to provide necessary training to workers who provide skilled support (e.g. utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or cleanup services in response to natural and man-made disasters. All workers at disaster sites need to be aware of the differences between disaster sites and regular construction or demolition worksites and be able to inspect, don, and doff air- purifying respirators. This Classroom OSHA 15 Hour Disaster Site Worker training also intends to raise awareness that pre-incident training is essential to ensure worker safety and health in response to disasters.

Are There any Prerequisites?

Completion of the 10- or 30-Hour OSHA Construction or General Industry Outreach Training Program class (either online or in the classroom) is a prerequisite for attending this class because OSHA’s Disaster Site Worker course does not cover in detail the safety and health hazards that occur on a daily basis on a normal work site.

Is This Training Required?

The OSHA Outreach Training Program is intended for workers covered under the OSH Act. The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers private-sector employers and their employees in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. For this reason, OSHA Outreach Training Program classes must be limited to training conducted within OSHA's jurisdiction.

While the OSHA Outreach Training Program course is voluntary and does not meet the training requirements contained in any OSHA standard, some states and local jurisdictions have enacted laws mandating outreach training. Additionally, 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.

We also offer the OSHA 7.5-Hour Disaster Site Worker Course as well.

For a complete list of OSHA's training-related requirements, see OSHA Publication #2254, Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines.

Scheduled Classes

There are currently no classes scheduled. Please contact us to be notified when we schedule our next class!

What Topics Does This Training Cover?

The goal of OSHA’s 15-hour Disaster Site Worker course is to provide disaster site workers an awareness of the safety and health hazards they may encounter as well as of the importance of respiratory and other personal protective equipment and proper decontamination procedures that may be used to mitigate the hazards.

Participants will support the use of an Incident Command System (ICS) through the safe performance of their job responsibilities. They’ll be able to show awareness of effects of traumatic incident stress that can result from working conditions and measures to reduce this stress.

Of primary importance is the participant’s ability to perform the following specific tasks correctly:

  • Inspection of an air-purifying respirator;
  • Donning and doffing an air-purifying respirator; and
  • Respirator user seal check.

The topic requirements are as follows:

  1. Introduction/Overview (1.25 hours);
  2. Incident Command System/Unified Command Systems (0.75 hour);
  3. Safety Hazards (2.5 hours);
  4. Health Hazards (2.0 hours);
  5. CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives) Agents (1.0 hour);
  1. Traumatic Incident Stress Awareness (0.50 hour);
  2. Respiratory Protection (3.5 hours);
  3. Other Personal Protective Equipment (1.25 hours);
  4. Decontamination (1.5 hours); and
  5. Final Exercise (0.75 hour).

To learn more about this course, download the Training Requirements in OSHA Standards PDF.