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Differences Between Construction and General Industry OSHA Training

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | August 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Differences Between Construction and General Industry OSHA Training

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. Should you choose OSHA Outreach training in construction just because you work in construction?

Actually, the specific OSHA online training you need depends simply on the industry you belong to. One is not better than the other, although some notable differences are present.

While construction 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


  • Orientation
  • 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

  • Orientation
  • 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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