The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now offering more secure cards for its Outreach Training Program, including 10-hour and 30-hour classes. Classes are taught through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers, a national network of organizations authorized by OSHA. At the conclusion of the courses, students previously received completion cards printed on paper.
New outreach cards are expected to reduce fraud because they will be more difficult to copy. To reduce the amount of time it takes to request and process program cards, each OTI Education Center has developed its own Outreach Training Portal. Additionally, under the direction of OSHA, the OTI Education Centers have created their own electronic databases to verify training through the QR codes printed on the new cards.
What to Expect from New Outreach Cards
The new cards cost $8 each, compared to $5 for the paper cards, and are made similarly to credit cards. Card information includes authorizing logos, watermarks when copied and QR codes. Trainer cards provide the trainer name and ID number, expiration date and OTI Education Center where the trainer was authorized. Student cards have the student and trainer name, date of issue and the OTI Education Center that produced the card.
New Cards Issued for In-Person Training Only
Workers with existing 10-hour and 30-hour cards won’t be required to obtain new cards. However, they will have the option of purchasing a new card through their trainers if the course was taken in the past three years. At this time, new cards are only being offered for in-person training sessions.
For more information, visit http://midsouthoti.org/outreach-trainer-program/request-cards.