Safety Training Certification

What is “Certification?”

Certification in the context of workplace safety and health training is verifiable documentation that training, and in some cases evaluation, of employees has taken place. Employee training and evaluation is “certified” either by the employer or a third party organization that is authorized by a regulatory agency to provide training and certification. OSHA itself does not “certify” employees or the employee training programs of any business, agency, or educational institution.

OSHA Requirements for Employers to “Self-Certify”

With the exception of OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and Asbestos worker training rules, OSHA has 10 additional rules that require employers to “self-certify” or document that affected employees have satisfactorily completed the training needed to safely perform their tasks.

Following is the complete list of OSHA-required training topics that require the employer to certify or otherwise record that its employees have been properly trained to perform their tasks safely:

  • Confined spaces
  • Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Forklift operator
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Logging (certify each employee, including supervisors, in first aid and CPR)
  • Power press operators
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Powered platform operators
  • Telecommunications
  • Cadmium

OSHA Requirements for Third-Party Certification

There are 2 OSHA regulations that require trained workers to be certified by an authorized third-party organization:

  • Asbestos—Class I, Class II, and Competent Person training and certification must follow EPA’s model accreditation plan requirements for documentation of training)
  • HAZWOPER—site workers, managers, and supervisors who complete the training and field experience must be given a written certificate before performing any work at a hazardous waste site.

TrainingToday Resources to Self-Certify Training

TrainingToday offers course completion certificates and the following courses to help you satisfy employer training self-certification requirements for:

  • Confined spaces
  • Forklift
  • PPE
  • Lockout and Tagout

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