Trenching and Excavation Outline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published first Excavation and Trenching Standard, 1926 Subpart P in 1971 to safeguard workers from the hazards of excavation.

This course focuses on the regulations outlined in the revised OSHA’s standard for excavation and trenching operations. It also explains safe work practices for employees and outlines techniques for protecting employees against cave-ins.

Goals of the Course

This training serves to address the requirements of the OSHA’s Excavation and Trenching Standard and includes knowledge that can assist personnel connected with trenching and digging in recognizing hazardous conditions, taking protective measures, and following best practices. The course also contains a discussion on the composition of soil as well as an outline of the numerous characteristics that are linked with the various categories of soil. The failure of a trench or excavation is also described, along with some of the most frequent sorts of soil conditions that can cause such failure.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for general industry.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for construction sector.

HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA guidelines.

Audience Specified

The audience of this course are supervisor, contractor, employee and manager.

Learning Outcome:

Training Modules:

Module 1


Module 2

The Fundamentals

Module 3

Characteristics and Types of Soil

Module 4

Why Soil Fails

Module 5

Protective Methods

Module 6

Requirements of Employers

Module 7

Safety at Jobsite

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