With the increased volume of training centers offering health and safety training courses in the region, there continue to be increased instances of fraudulent and unauthorized health and safety certificates being provided to employees.
Not only should organizations have an obligation to verify that new hires and those attending training have and receive genuine certificates from authorized and certified trainers. It is also necessary for the employees themselves to realize what you save in time and money could cost a life. While some may be going out of their way to acquire these fake credentials, there are also those who fall prey to “quick and easy” training scams from training centers that are not accredited or authorized to provide health and safety training.
Take, for example, OSHA; many training centers are offering OSHA 10/30 hours outreach training courses in general industry and construction and offering OSHA cards and certificates displaying the OSHA logo.
OSHA is a regulatory and compliance body of health and safety in the United States of America in which offers a 10 hour and 30 hour awareness classes for workers on OSHA regulations and standards related to different jobs at the workplace. OSHA issues a wallet-size card to all participants, such as workers, supervisors, etc. OSHA is no longer issuing any cards to any trainees outside the United States of America since 2010.
OSHA does not have an International Training Program nor offers OSHA Training Institute (OTI) courses outside its jurisdiction. Its training programs are intended for workers within the agency’s geographic jurisdiction. These locations include the 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Wake Island, Outer Continental Shelf Lands defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and Johnston Island.
An OSHA Wallet Card Is a Mark of Achievement, and you don’t need OSHA “certification” to be properly trained in workplace safety principles. OSHA wallet cards are recognized by all 50 U.S. states and provide proof that a worker has met OSHA training standards in the course level indicated.
OSHA does not certify, endorse, or recommend any workplace safety trainer or course provider. Never enrol in a training course offered by someone who claims to be an “OSHA certified” trainer. Qualified trainers in OSHA standards must complete OSHA outreach training to become Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers. Such trainers often have an academic degree and must have 3-5 years of relevant experience in construction or another industry. Instructors must pass both the OSHA Standards training for their industry and OSHA Trainer courses to achieve Authorized OSHA Trainer status. In addition, effective OSHA must maintain continual personal development to update their knowledge.
Although training centers may provide safety and health training to workers outside the OSHA’s geographic jurisdiction, it must be done outside of the Outreach Training Program and without OSHA’s involvement. Under such a plan, training centers may design and issue their certificates, cards, badges, stickers, etc. as long as they do not indicate that the program is supported by OSHA or is a part of the OSHA Outreach Training Program.