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Excavation and Trenching

OSHA defines an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the Earth’s surface formed by earth removal. A trench is defined as a narrow excavation (in relation to its length) made below the surface of the ground. In general, the depth of a trench is greater than its width, but the width of a trench (measured at the bottom) is not greater than 15 feet (4.6 m).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Excavation standards, 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1926, Subpart P, contain requirements for excavation and trenching operations.

Government Regulations:
29 CFR 1926 Subpart P
29 CFR § 570.68 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D and H
29 CFR 1926 Subpart G – Signs, Signals and Barricades

Who Needs this Training?
Training must be conducted when workers are hired and at least annually after for those who have excavation responsibilities. Training must cover applicable local rules related to:
• Digging
• Including any tolerance zones
• Ground markings
• Or other relevant elements of safe digging to prevent the striking of a pipe

Dangers of Remaining Uncertified:
The competent person(s) must be trained in accordance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, and all other programs that may apply and must demonstrate a thorough understanding and knowledge of the programs and the hazards associated.

All other employees working in and around the excavation must be trained in the recognition of hazards associated with trenching and excavating.

Included Topics:
By the end of this course, we will have covered the following topics:
Introduction – 0:13
Topic 1: Introduction – 3:15
Topic 2: Soil Classifications – 5:42
Topic 3: Preplanning – 2:07
Topic 4: Protective Systems – 4:33
Topic 5: Additional Hazards and Protections – 5:04
Summary – 0:14

Course Layout:
Course format consists of video instruction, intermediate quizzes, and Final Knowledge Check.

Course Duration:
A minimum of 30 minutes is required to complete this course.

OSHA requires annual recertification for workers where occupational exposure takes place.

Certificate of Completion:
A completion certificate is available for printing immediately upon successfully finishing the course.

Excavation and Trenching

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