OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety

This course is designed to assist both employers and employees to achieve compliance with OSHA standards regarding trenching and excavation safety.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Trenching and Excavation Safety Training
  • Specific Excavation Requirements
  • Requirements for Protective Systems
  • Soil Classification
  • Sloping and Benching
  • Timber Shoring for Trenches
  • Employer and Employee Responsibilities

Course Description

This course is designed to assist both employers and employees to achieve compliance with OSHA standards regarding trenching and excavation safety. They will learn to identify hazards encountered when working in or near trenching and excavation sites and correction of these hazards, soil testing methods, trench protection systems, and general safety requirements.

Our OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Trenching and Excavation Safety Training

  • Regulations for Trenching and Excavating
  • Definitions and Key Terms
  • What Is an Excavation?

Specific Excavation Requirements

  • Underground Installations
  • Entering and Coming Out of Excavations
  • Other Hazardous Exposures
  • Mobile Equipment
  • Hazardous Atmospheres
  • Emergency Rescue Equipment
  • Protection from Hazards of Water Accumulation
  • Stability of Nearby Structures
  • Protection of Employees from Loose Rock or Soil
  • Inspections
  • Walkways

Requirements for Protective Systems

  • Design of Sloping and Benching Systems
  • Design of Support Systems, Shield Systems, and Other Protective Systems
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Installation and Removal of Support
  • Additional Requirements for Support Systems for Trench Excavations
  • Working Above Employees Using Sloping and Benching Systems
  • Shield Systems

Soil Classification (Appendix A)

  • Definitions
  • Requirements of Soil Classification
  • Acceptable Visual Tests of Excavation Sites
  • Acceptable Manual Tests of Excavation Sites

Sloping and Benching (Appendix B)

  • Requirements for Sloping and Benching
  • Configurations of Sloping and Benching Systems
  • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Type A Soil
  • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Type B Soil
  • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Type C Soil
  • Slope Configurations for Excavations Made in Layered Soils

Timber Shoring for Trenches (Appendix C)

  • Aluminum Hydraulic Shoring for Trenches (Appendix D)
  • Alternatives to Timber Shoring (Appendix E)
  • Selection of Protective Systems (Appendix F)

Employer and Employee Responsibilities

Summary

Additional Resources

Final Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

All employers, supervisors and workers whose job duties require them to be in or around trenching and excavation work.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to 29 CFR 1926.21 Safety training and education:

(b) Employer responsibility. (2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.

It is our recommendation that workers be retrained on Trenching and Excavation Safety at least every three years.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course focuses on the Trenching and Excavation Safety Standard for the Construction Industry as described in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926 Subpart P and will address the identification and correction of hazards, soil testing methods, trench protection systems, and general safety requirements.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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