Elimination of grace period for OSHA Outreach Trainers will take effect January 1, 2019
The OSHA Directorate of Training and Education has announced a change regarding the grace period afforded to outreach instructors in maintaining their trainer authorization. Effective January 1, 2019, the 90-day grace period will be eliminated and the requisite update course must be completed BEFORE the expiration date indicated on the trainer’s card. If authorization lapses, not only must the individual retake the Trainer Course (OSHA 500 or 501) in order to once again be authorized to conduct the 10- and 30-hour outreach classes, but will be subject to meeting all prerequisites of becoming a trainer, up to and including completing the applicable Standards course.
See below for more information provided by OSHA Directorate of Training and Education about elimination of grace period:
“As part of its continuing effort to improve the Outreach Training Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be eliminating the authorized trainer “90-day grace period” described in Sections III.B.1.,2, and 4 of the OSHA Outreach Training Program Requirements. This change will be included in the next published revisions of the OSHA Outreach Training Program Requirements and applicable sections of each Industry Procedures document, and will become effective January 1, 2019. However, Section III.C. of the OSHA Outreach Training Program Requirements (Trainer Update Exemption for Overseas Military Service) remains in effect while the Agency evaluates the impact of this change.”
“Elimination of the grace period is intended to reduce confusion regarding trainer authorization status, and to encourage trainers to maintain their trainer authorization(s). OSHA urges authorized trainers to schedule registration, attendance, and completion of the relevant Trainer Update course well in advance of their trainer authorization expiration date. Authorized trainers that let their authorization lapse will be ineligible to attend a Trainer Update course, and will be required to meet all prerequisite requirements to attend the relevant Trainer course, to include having successfully completed the applicable OSHA Standards course(s) within seven calendar years of attendance at the Trainer course. Extensions of trainer authorizations that expire on or after January 1, 2019, will not be granted.”
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