How Much Does OSHA Training Typically Cost?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the Department of Labor. It was created in 1971 as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Act signed by President Richard Nixon. Its mission is to ensure safe and healthy working conditions by enforcing standards and providing training on health and safety. OSHA also enforces a variety of statutes and regulations that protect whistle blowers from OSHA violations.

OSHA has implemented a variety of training programs throughout its history. The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) was founded in 1972 and still provides health and safety training today. OSHA also founded the Voluntary Protection Programs in 1982, which allows businesses to be designated as “model workplaces” if they meet certain criteria. Furthermore, OSHA founded the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program in 2001 to train personnel in reducing workplace hazards. The cost of this training varies significantly, depending on several factors.


Employers are responsible for providing their workers with training on specific occupational hazards, as required by OSHA. OSHA Publication 2254, Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines lists the required training for these hazards. However, the OSHA courses most commonly taken by workers include the outreach training courses, which are taught by OSHA-authorized trainers. OSHA doesn’t require these courses, although many businesses and jurisdictions do. Outreach training courses educate workers on workplace hazards, including an overview of OSHA, their rights regarding those hazards, employer responsibilities, and the process for filing a complaint.

This training primarily consists of 10 and 30-hour courses. The 10-hour programs are primarily designed for entry-level workers, while the 30-hour courses provide workers and supervisors with greater detail on safety responsibility. All of these courses include an overview of the hazards commonly encountered in a typical job site. They also cover the identification, avoidance, control, and prevention of hazards.

OSHA 10-Hour Training

The 10-hour OSHA courses include a course for general industry and another one specifically for construction. The general industry course is for workers in most types of manufacturing, transportation, and services, including healthcare. The OSHA 10-hour construction course is designed for workers in new construction, major renovation, and demolition. It covers basic health and safety hazards specific to construction work and an overview of OSHA.

OSHA 30-Hour Training

The 30-hour OSHA training courses primarily include the general industry and construction courses. The general industry course applies to most business sectors, including manufacturing, service, maintenance, food manufacturing, oil and gas, and healthcare. The construction course applies to workers in new construction, major renovation, and demolition.

The 30-hour courses provide advanced information on occupational health and safety to personnel who are responsible for monitoring and implementing OSHA health and safety regulations. These personnel include but are not limited to managers, supervisors, foremen, superintendents, safety staff and committee members. The 30-hour courses include an extensive overview of OSHA’s functions and the procedures for locating the OSHA regulations that are relevant to a particular industrial sector. Neither of these courses requires any prerequisites.


Workers who successfully complete the 10 or 30-hour OSHA outreach training courses receive a wall certificate immediately following completion of the class, allowing them to work on any job site that maintains this requirement. They will also receive a wallet card in the mail after the training records have been processed. These courses are recognized in all 50 states, Washington DC, and US territories. The 10-hour construction course is required for all construction workers in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island


The cost of OSHA training is primarily dependent upon the length of the course and the training setting. Online courses are the least expensive method of taking these courses. For example, online courses typically cost between $60 and $80 for the 10-hour courses and $160 to $180 for the 30-hour courses. However attendees don’t get the benefit of having a live instructor or learning from their peers.

In-person OSHA training is more expensive than online training averaging about $200 for 10-hour courses and $500 for 30-hour courses.

Some colleges and universities also provide OSHA training. The tuition for these courses depends on the specific institution, although it’s generally more expensive than other training settings. For example, a community college in California charges about $300 for the 10-hour courses and about $650 for the 30-hour courses.

Many training companies provide OSHA or safety training at an employer’s work site. This form of training is typically highly customized for each class, so the cost varies greatly. These classes are typically larger than other training settings to minimize the cost for each worker. The facilities available at the onsite location and its distance from the training center may also affect the cost of these classes.

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