The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization that is responsible for ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for Americans. They do this by enforcing standards and regulating safety training in the areas of Construction, General Industry, Maritime, and Disaster Sites.
These training programs are intended to promote workplace safety by making workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards as well as their rights. Along with the 10 and 30-hour Outreach Programs, OSHA also regulates 15-hour classes for disaster site workers, which is a part of their new program.
Given the gaps in the Department of Labor (DOL) card process and the challenges that learners faced, OSHA recently came up with new features for the Outreach Training Program Cards. The completion cards for both 10-hour and 30-hour Outreach Training Programs are now safer and more secure. These cards are updated to help reduce fraud and improve overall efficiency.
The completion cards are going to be made using a thicker and more durable cardstock material, similar to a credit card. Each card will have authorized logos, a watermark, and a QR code for authenticity. These new changes will help to ensure the safety of the card holder and make fraudulent cards harder to develop. According to OSHA, the new cards are going to take effect after February 29, 2016.
Along with the new completion cards, OSHA is also issuing new trainer cards. The card will include the trainer’s name, ID number, expiration date, and the corresponding OTI Education Center of the authorized trainer.
The student cards, on the other hand, will include the student’s name, trainer’s name, the date when the card was issued, and the training provider. Aside from minimizing fraud, these new changes are expected to reduce the number of days needed to request and process the cards.
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