Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Global OSHA Organization
What is Global OSHA?
The Global Occupational Safety and Health Academy, LLC (Global OSHA) is an international occupational safety and health training organization which provides and governs training programs and courses on a global basis. Global OSHA conducts instructor-led and online training courses; authorizes affiliate training organizations worldwide to offer Global OSHA programs and courses; and authorizes Global OSHA Authorized Trainers to conduct introductory and intermediate level worker courses at locations worldwide.
Is Global OSHA a government agency?
No. Global OSHA is not a government agency and receives no funding from the U.S Department of Labor or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Global OSHA supports its training programs and activities through tuition and fees.
What are the key benefits of Global OSHA?
Global OSHA is founded and managed by former senior management staff from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Directorate of Training and Education. The organization and its staff are uniquely qualified to develop and administer occupational safety and health training programs and courses for workers and trainer credentials for safety professionals.
Because Global OSHA is not a government agency, it is able to operate with more flexibility; outside the constraints of the Congressional budget process and any undue political influence. Global OSHA can be more responsive to the needs of its customers in developing training programs, courses, and certificate programs. Global OSHA can deliver contract and customized training, offer exam prep courses, online training, and issue digital badges.
What training programs are offered by Global OSHA?
The programs offered by Global OSHA include the Global OSHA Training Center Program and the Global Outreach Training Program. These programs are modeled after the USDOL OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center Program and Outreach Training Program offered through USDOL. These USDOL programs have been highly successful in developing a network of trainers to provide worker training throughout the United States. Through these USDOL programs, more than 6 million people were trained between 2012 and 2018. However, these USDOL programs are only authorized to be conducted within OSHA’s geographic jurisdiction.
Where are training programs offered by Global OSHA?
All Global OSHA programs and courses are available to be conducted worldwide, with the exception of those countries subject to sanction or embargo by the U.S. Government. For additional information regarding countries subject to sanction or embargo, please visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions Programs and Information Webpage.
Is it legal to use the name Global OSHA?
Yes. Global Occupational Safety and Health Academy, LLC is registered and licensed with the State of Illinois, along with its trade name, Global OSHA.
Global Outreach Training Program
Is the Global Outreach Training Program related to the OSHA Outreach Training Program?
Although the Global Outreach Training Program is modeled after the USDOL OSHA Outreach Training Program, there are several significant differences between the two programs. These include the course delivery, course training content, and course completion documentation.
The Global Outreach Training Program offers the same hazard recognition topics as the USDOL Outreach Training Program. But the Global Outreach Training Program offers greater flexibility for training locations, more robust training credentials, and no training topics related to policy or legal matters. All Global OSHA programs and courses are available to be conducted worldwide. See the comparison chart for details.
In order to become a Global OSHA Authorized Trainer, an individual must 1) demonstrate required experience, 2) complete a prerequisite course, and 3) complete a Global OSHA trainer course.
Trainers currently authorized, and in good standing, through the domestic OSHA Outreach Training Program may qualify for immediate authorization as Global OSHA Authorized Trainers by completing only the eight-hour prerequisite course; Global OSHA course #550 Fundamentals of Adult Training. See OSHA Outreach Trainer Equivalency Authorization.
Can I attend a Global OSHA Trainer Course online?
Yes, Global OSHA offers its trainer courses via live Webinar. These courses are conducted in English language over five consecutive days (Mon-Fri). Students are required to develop and present a brief presentation on a specific safety and health topic. For additional information or to register for a trainer course Webinar, click here.
Is Update Training Required by Global OSHA?
Global Outreach Training Program course completion cards contain expiration dates. Trainer cards expire after four years. Cards issued for the #100 and #200 series classes expire after five years. Update courses are required in order for the card to remain valid.
Why should a worker take training?
Global Outreach Training Program classes make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards by focusing on awareness, recognition, and avoidance. This helps workers to perform their jobs in a safe and healthful manner, and avoid injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
Which training should a worker take?
The #100 level introductory level training courses are intended for entry level workers as an orientation to hazards that are most frequently encountered and most dangerous at a specific type of workplace or job site. The focus is on hazard awareness, identification, recognition, and avoidance in the workplace.
The #200 intermediate level training courses are intended for experienced workers or those individuals with some safety responsibility. This may include a variety of personnel such as supervisors, foremen, managers, team leaders, and project managers. The focus is on hazard awareness, identification, recognition, avoidance, abatement, prevention, and control in the workplace.
How do I find a Global OSHA Authorized Trainer?
Global OSHA maintains a Web page which lists its Global OSHA Authorized Trainers and shows a world map of their locations. To view the page, click here.
Global OSHA Training Centers
What is a Global OSHA Training Center?
Global OSHA Training Centers are an international network of affiliate training organizations authorized to conduct training on behalf of the Global Occupational Safety and Health Academy. The Global OSHA Training Center Program was created to meet the ongoing demand for high quality occupational safety and health training for safety professionals and workers in locations outside the United States. Modeled after the USDOL OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center program, these organizations demonstrate advanced experience and proficiency in developing and conducting occupational safety and health curriculum. This includes highly-qualified instructional staff and world-class training facilities.
What courses can Global OSHA Training Centers offer?
Global OSHA Training Centers can conduct the #300 series courses, which are one day in length. These courses are available to meet the needs of workers and employers who would like to benefit from the Global OSHA curriculum, but are unable to attend multi-day courses. The topics for these courses include, but are not limited to Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomics, Lockout Tagout, Respiratory Protection, and Safety and Health Systems.
Global OSHA Training Centers can also conduct the #400 series courses, which are generally intended for the experienced worker level, and for safety professionals. The training expands on hazard recognition and avoidance, and addresses hazard abatement and general safety standards. These courses are three days in length. The topics for these courses include, but are not limited to Confined Space, Crane Safety, Electrical Safety, Excavation and Trenching Safety, Fall Protection, Hazardous Materials, Industrial Hygiene, Machine Guarding, Maritime Safety, Oil and Gas, Safety Leadership, and Scaffolding.
Global OSHA Training Centers conduct the #500 series trainer courses, which are three days in length. These include the trainer authorization courses, which include the Construction Safety Trainer Course and the General Safety Trainer Course.
Which organizations are currently authorized as Global OSHA Training Centers?
Global OSHA is currently accepting applications from qualified training organizations wishing to serve as Global OSHA Training Centers.
How does an organization become a Global OSHA Training Center?
Organizations interested in becoming Global OSHA Training Centers can request information by contacting:
Can an OTI Education Center also serve as a Global OSHA Training Center?
Yes. These programs are distinct and separate. Many OTI Education Centers currently serve as Education and Research Centers for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) with no conflict of interest between the programs.
Where are the Global OSHA Training Centers?
Global OSHA Training Centers can be located anywhere in the world. Global OSHA is currently accepting applications from qualified training organizations wishing to serve as Global OSHA Training Centers.
Global OSHA Training Classes
Does Global OSHA currently offer training classes?
Where can I attend Instructor-Led Classes?
Global OSHA conducts its instructor-led classes at two training facilities located in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA. To see pictures of the training facilities and classroom, visit the Course Schedule page.
Which courses does Global OSHA offer online?
Global OSHA currently offers the following courses online:
Global OSHA offers its trainer courses via live Webinar. These courses are conducted in English language over five consecutive days (Mon-Fri). Students are required to develop and present a brief presentation on a specific safety and health topic. For additional information or to register for a trainer course Webinar, click here.
Global OSHA is currently developing online versions of the #100, #101, and #103 courses in Spanish language.
Will I receive a Course Completion Card or Wallet Card for my Global OSHA training?
Course completion cards (also referred to as wallet cards) are issued for students completing the #100 and #200 series courses. Course completion cards are also issued for individuals completing the #500 and #501 trainer courses. The trainer course completion cards confirm the individual’s status as a Global OSHA Authorized Trainer.
Will I receive a Course Completion Certificate for my Global OSHA training?
Global OSHA issues course completion certificates for all training classes it conducts. For training classes conducted by Global OSHA Authorized Trainers, course completion certificates may be issued at the discretion of the trainer, in accordance with Global Outreach Training Program Requirements, Policies, & Procedures.
How are Global OSHA Course Completion Cards different from OSHA cards?
Global OSHA course completion cards include a photo of the cardholder and contain a QR code which scans to their digital badge profile page. This enables the cardholder to immediately verify the training they have received. This includes a detailed listing of the topics and instruction time. This enables the cardholder to simply share the QR code through the convenience of a wallet-size card to be scanned and viewed on a job site, in an office, or at an interview.
Will I receive a Digital Badge for my Global OSHA training?
Yes. Global OSHA issues digital badges for all training classes because it understands the importance of documenting worker knowledge, skills, and training; especially when it comes to occupational safety and health. This includes issuing a digital badge for each training topic covered in Global Outreach Training Program classes.
What are Digital Badges?
Digital badges are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Digital badges are tokens that appear as icons or logos on a Web page or other online venue. Digital badges are awarded by institutions, instructors, or groups.
Digital badges signify accomplishments, such as mastery of a skill or completion of a project. As records of achievement, Digital badges can verify and recognize the completion of training within a college course, compliance training, or continuing education program.
How Do Digital Badges Add Value?
Badges represent a different or supplemental approach to traditional learning. Students control their badges by choosing where to display them and determining who can see them. Badges can be especially useful for students because they are able to show their own development in individualized ways on different platforms. A collection of badges can function as a distributed portfolio of achievement that may be accessible from a variety of social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google Plus. In this way, badges make learning and academic accomplishment visible, which can be a significant factor in demonstrating knowledge and skills to a potential employer.
How is Global OSHA Using Digital Badges?
Global OSHA issues digital badges for all training classes because it understands the importance of documenting worker knowledge, skills, and training; especially when it comes to safety and health.
Does my Digital Badge expire?
No. Digital Badges issued by Global OSHA do not expire.
How do I provide evidence of my training to an employer?
Global OSHA includes a QR code on all course completion cards for the #100 and #200 series courses, and all trainer cards. This enables the cardholder to share the QR code through the convenience of a wallet-size card to be scanned and viewed on a job site, in an office, or at an interview.
Is the Digital Badge required?
Any requirement for a digital badge would be at the discretion of the respective party or overseeing authority establishing the training requirements. Global OSHA does not establish training requirements.
Are Digital Badges for Trainers or for Workers?
Digital badges are for safety professionals, trainers, and workers. Global OSHA issues digital badges for all training. In some cases, the badge represents an entire course. In the #100 and #200 series classes, the topics may vary. For this reason, Global OSHA issues topic badges to enable the recipient to document the level of training detail to the specific topic and hours of instruction.