If you have completed a safety outreach training program, then you are familiar with the flimsy cards that you receive for your certification. Usually a small slip of paper, these cards aren’t just easy to tear up—they’re also easy to copy. That’s what the government thought, too, which is why they are improving their game with new OSHA outreach cards.
What’s New with the OSHA Cards
In the past, it’s easy to duplicate OSHA cards for safety training. Now? Not so much. After February 29, 2016, the OSHA outreach cards for workers who complete outreach training programs—such as the OSHA 10-hour general industry or OSHA 30-hour construction—will feature:
- An improved card stock that is more durable than previous materials (more like credit cards)
- QR codes for card authentication (via an electronic database)
- Authorizing logos
- A watermark (when copied)
- The student’s name
- The trainer’s name
- Date of issue
- The name of the OTI Education Center (where the training was conducted)
Keep in mind that the new cards will cost $8 per card, as compared to the $5 cost of old cards. The new cards intend to minimize fraud and enhance efficiency. Its new features will not only make it harder to falsify safety training records, but will also pave the way for a more systematic approach to recording and documenting safety training.
Getting Up to Date with Training
If you have completed OSHA 10 or 30-hour trainings in the past, you may update your card without having to retake the training. Simply contact the trainer who implemented your course. They will be able to grant you an updated card if the training was completed within the last three years.
New Cards for Online Workplace Safety Courses
As for online safety training programs, you will continue to receive paper cards until a corresponding system is set up for such providers. However, if your online training provider is not certified, then you are disqualified from receiving a new card. To avoid complications, always make sure that any safety program you take is from an OSHA-accepted provider. You can do this by contacting your local OSHA authorities to verify the certification of an online program you have chosen.
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