The Outreach Training Program provides basic safety and health information and education — it does not fulfill an employer’s requirement to provide training under specific OSHA standards. The OSHA Outreach Training Program for the Construction Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the construction industry. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.
It is important to note that this is a voluntary program and does not meet the training requirements for any OSHA standards. Although some states, municipalities or others may require outreach training as a condition of employment, it is not an OSHA requirement. None of the courses within the Outreach Training Program is considered a certification.
Through this program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers. The 10-hour class is intended for entry level workers, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation’s productivity.
The following sample safety and health programs are intended to provide examples of written programs on various workplace safety and health topics. They are not intended to supersede the requirements in OSHA standards. Employers should consult the applicable OSHA standards for the specific requirements applicable to their workplaces. Employers can use these sample programs as guidance when developing their own customized programs that are tailored to their specific workplaces.
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Fall Protection
- General Safety and Health Programs
- Hazard Communication Standard
- Powered Industrial Trucks
- Permit-Required Confined Spaces Program
- Respiratory Protection
- Shipyard Employment
- OSHA eTools for Developing Customized Programs
- Sample Programs From State On-Site Consultation Programs
Confined Spaces such as manholes, crawl spaces, and tanks – are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation.
This webpage contains information on the new regulation, compliance assistance documents, and other resources OSHA has to help employers and workers understand the rule. OSHA will continue to publish new guidance products in the coming months, and will post them here. Please check the website often for updates
“The New Confined Space rule will save lives of construction workers. Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. The new rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health.”
Construction workers often perform tasks in confined spaces – work areas that (1) are large enough for an employee to enter, (2) have limited means of entry or exit, and (3) are not designed for continuous occupancy. These spaces can present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be prevented if addressed prior to entering the space to perform work. This page is a starting point for finding information about these spaces, the hazards they may present, and ways to safely work in them.
Compliance Assistance Materials
• Frequently Asked Questions. (April 2015).
• Confined Spaces in Construction: Pits (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet, (April 2015).
• Confined Spaces in Construction: Sewer Systems (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet, (April 2015).
• Permit-Required Confined Spaces in General Industry (PDF). OSHA QuickCards™, (OSHA 3214-2011).
Also available in Spanish (PDF).
Federal Register Notices
• Confined Spaces in Construction. Proposed Rule: 72 FR 67351-67425. (November 28, 2007).
• Silent Killer in a Newly Constructed Manhole (PPT*). OSHA.
• Construction Confined Space Stakeholder Meetings. OSHA.
▪ Washington, DC October 4, 2000 (PDF*)
▪ Houston, Texas October 11, 2000 (PDF*)
▪ Wakefield, Massachusetts October 24, 2000 (PDF*)
• Report of the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel on the Draft OSHA Standard for Confined Spaces in Construction.
OSHA Docket S107A, (November 24, 2003).
• Calibrating and Testing Direct-Reading Portable Gas Monitors. OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIBs), (September 30, 2013). Provides workers and employers guidance on calibrating and testing direct-reading portable gas monitors (hereafter, “DRPGMs” or “instruments”).
• Confined Spaces. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.