Differences Between Construction and General Industry OSHA Training

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | August 31, 2013 | 0

Differences Between Construction and General Industry OSHA Training

For workers new to the world of safety, there are subtle and glaring differences in regulation between Construction safety or General Industry safety. At times, we have students who are confused and wonder which course they should take when it comes to OSHA 10 or 30-hour training for Construction or General Industry Outreach Training. Students may wonder if they should opt for the OSHA Outreach training in construction just because I work in construction. These are probably the questions you have in mind.  However, the specific OSHA online training depends simply on the industry you belong to. One is simply not better than the other, although some notable differences are present.

While Construction type work is regulated by the 29 CFR 1926 regulations, General Industry regulation covers many industries including healthcare, manufacturing and warehouse distribution, and construction, too. That’s right! There are regulations in the 29 CFR 1910 that apply to the construction industry as well. Regardless of your industry, get the course required by your employer. General Industry worker or Construction worker, the courses are designed to give employees an entry level understanding of recognizing hazards in the workplace and understanding the role OSHA plays, in partnership with employers, to keep employees safe. .

Found below are sample curriculums for OSHA Outreach 10-Hour training (Construction and General Industry) from OSHAcampus.com:



Module 1: Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act

Module 2: General Safety and Health Provisions

Module 3A: Health Hazards: Hazard Communication

Module 3B: Health Hazards: Hazardous Materials

Module 4: Cranes and Rigging

Module 5: Focus Four: Electrical Safety

Module 6: Struck By and Caught in Between

Module 7: Fall Protection

Module 8: Personal Protective Equipment

Module 9: Hand and Power Tools

Module 10: Scaffolds

Module 11: Stairways and Ladders

Final Exam


General Industries


Module 1: Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act

Module 2: Walking and Working Surfaces

Module 3: Emergency Action Plan

Module 4: Hazardous Materials

Module 5: Personal Protective Equipment

Module 6: Machine Guarding Safety

Module 7: Electrical Safety

Module 8: Hazard Communication

Module 9: Hazardous Substances and Industrial Hygiene

Module 10: Safety and Health Programs

Final Exam

Generally speaking, both programs cover health and safety, hazard communication, fall protection (different requirements for Construction and GI), electrical safety, and using personal protective equipment. If differences between the courses are present, then it would be because of industry-specific topics—for example Cranes and Rigging course is taught in Construction. General Industry has crane uses in manufacturing for example but is not used in the same way as in construction.

Stay safe!


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