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24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Online Course

The 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 online certificate course ensures that contractors, supervisors and government employees are compliant with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) standards for workplace safety and health.

This intermediate-level EM 385-1-1 training is required for employees and contractors who must comply with EM 385-1-1 training requirements for military or government contract work. This course also fulfills the 24 hours of required refresher training that Collateral Duty Safety Officers (CDSOs) must complete every four years.

In this training, you will learn about U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations for workplace safety and health as outlined in the EM 385-1-1 manual. Course topics include worksite management, personal protective equipment requirements, fall prevention and more.

Note: This course does not fulfill the USACE 24-Hour Fall Protection Competent Person Training requirement, which must include at least eight hours of in-person training.

Complete Your 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Course Online

Our online 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course has numerous benefits, including:

  • 100% online training
  • Guaranteed to pass
  • Instantly download your certificate of completion
  • Provides 2.4 IACET continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Train at your own pace

Once you finish the course and pass a brief test on the core topics, you can instantly download your Certificate of Completion. The course takes about 24 hours to complete, not including the final exam.

About IACET CEUs

American Safety Council is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). American Safety Council complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, American Safety Council is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

American Safety Council is authorized by IACET to offer 2.4 CEUs for this program.

Who Should Take the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training Course?

This course is ideal for workers who need 24 hours of EM 385-1-1 training, including:

  • Contractors working on military installations or USACE projects
  • Military or government employees who must enforce or comply with EM 385-1-1 standards
  • CDSOs who must complete 24 hours of refresher training every four years

We also provide the 16-Hour EM 385-1-1 course and 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 course for other workers who need to comply with EM 385-1-1 training requirements.

About the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Course

Throughout the course’s 16 learning modules, you will complete 24 hours of training on workplace safety and health standards outlined in the Army Corps of Engineers Manual EM 385-1-1.

Each module ends with a five-question quiz. You must score at least 70% on each quiz to advance to the next section. You will have an unlimited number of attempts to pass.

When you complete the course, you will be prompted to take a 25-question final exam. If you do not pass your exam on the first attempt, you can retake it until you get a passing score of 70% or higher.

After you complete the course and pass the final exam, your certificate of completion will be available for instant download.

Learning Objectives for the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Online Course

The primary goal of this course is to provide workers with the necessary training to comply with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safety and health standards found in the EM 385-1-1 manual.

Key topics covered in the course include:

  • Identify EM 385-1-1 regulations that CDSOs and contractors must observe when inspecting a worksite
  • Apply EM 385-1-1 standards to prevent common hazards and worksite accidents
  • Choose appropriate engineering controls, safety monitoring systems and personal protective equipment (PPE) for USACE-contracted work
  • Explain best practices for safe equipment use during various worksite tasks

24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training Course Outline

The 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 training course is divided into 16 learning modules on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor safety and health requirements. You can find a full outline of each module below.

Module 1: Program Management

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • General Guidelines for Safety
  • Orientation and Training Guidelines
  • Accidents and Emergencies

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning worksite management
  • List training and physical qualification standards for USACE employees
  • Discuss guidelines for accident reporting, emergency planning and explosive use

Module 2: Medical and First Aid

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Medical Accessibility
  • First Aid Kits
  • First Aid Stations and Health Clinics
  • Personnel Qualifications

Learning objectives include:

  • Name EM 385-1-1 standards that regulate medical and first-aid administration, including personnel requirements
  • List safety requirements for first-aid kits and automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Describe guidelines for establishing first-aid stations and health clinics

Module 3: Temporary Facilities

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Fencing and Warning Signs
  • Temporary Work Camps
  • Access and Haul Roads
  • Roadway Construction

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 manual regulations concerning the establishment and usage of temporary facilities
  • Discuss guidelines for establishing access and haul roads adjacent to the worksite

Module 4: Personal Protective and Safety Equipment

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • General PPE Guidelines
  • Types of PPE
  • Aquatic PPE

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • List requirements for PPE use during electrical work
  • Describe guidelines that address aquatic PPE use

Module 5: Welding and Cutting

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • Protection and Safety Standards
  • Oxyfuel Gas Welding and Cutting
  • Arc Welding and Cutting
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Other Welding Types

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning welding and cutting safety
  • Describe the operational components of gas, arc, gas metal, plasma and thermite welding and cutting

Module 6: Electrical

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Electrical Work Guidelines
  • Grounding
  • Temporary Wiring and Lighting Hazardous (Classified) Locations
  • Batteries and Battery Charging
  • Hazardous (Classified) Locations
  • Power Transmission and Distribution
  • Work Environments

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning electrical work
  • List requirements for hazardous work tasks, such as using temporary wiring and lighting and working near overhead lines
  • Describe guidelines addressing electrical work that is performed in classified locations, substations and communication facilities

Module 7: Materials Handling, Storage and Disposal

Topics covered in Module 7 include:

  • General Materials Handling Guidelines
  • Material Hoists
  • Materials Storage and Housekeeping
  • Materials Debris and Disposal

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations for materials handling, storage and disposal
  • List requirements for using hoisting systems to lift heavy materials
  • Describe effective methods of proper material storage, such as regular housekeeping tasks and debris netting

Module 8: Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • Training and Licensing
  • Inspection, Maintenance and Repairs
  • Guarding and Safety Devices
  • Operation Rules
  • Transportation of Personnel
  • Machinery and Mechanized Equipment
  • Drilling Equipment
  • All-Terrain, Utility and Specialized Vehicles

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations that guide use of vehicles, machinery and other types of work equipment
  • List requirements for operating different types of vehicles, such as cars, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility vehicles (UVs) and specialty vehicles
  • Discuss guidelines for using heavy machinery and mechanized equipment

Module 9: Fall Protection

Topics covered in Module 9 include:

  • General Fall Protection Guidelines
  • Fall Protection Personnel
  • Fall Protection for Worksites
  • Personal Fall Protection Systems
  • Scaffolds, Work Platforms and Elevating Devices
  • Fall Warning and Rescue

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning fall protection on a worksite
  • Describe the responsibilities and training relevant for workers exposed to fall hazards
  • List regulations that apply to fall controls such as covers, netting, monitoring systems and ladder-climbing devices

Module 10: Work Platforms and Scaffolding

Topics covered in Module 10 include:

  • Structure and Hazard Prevention Regulations
  • Scaffold Use
  • Metal Scaffolds and Towers
  • Suspended Scaffolds
  • Hanging Scaffolds
  • Specialized Scaffolds
  • Adjustable Scaffolds
  • Elevating Platforms

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning the use of work platforms and scaffolding
  • Select appropriate methods for reducing safety hazards when working with a variety of scaffold systems and work platforms

Module 11: Demolition, Renovation and Re-Occupancy

Topics covered in Module 11 include:

  • General Planning Guidelines
  • Demolition Work
  • Structural Demolition
  • Mechanical Demolition

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning demolition, renovation and re-occupancy of structures
  • List safety guidelines that govern structural demolition work

Module 12: Safe Access

Topics covered in Module 12 include:

  • General Planning and Design Guidelines
  • Ladders
  • Floor, Wall and/or Roof Holes and Openings
  • Stairways and Ramps
  • Hoist, Elevator and Rope Access

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning safe access for all work areas
  • Explain the requirements for using ladders, hoists and elevators
  • Explain the requirements for constructing stairways, ramps, handrails, and roof, floor and wall openings

Module 13: Excavations and Trenching

Topics covered in Module 13 include:

  • Guidelines for Planning, Design and Competent Persons
  • Safe Access
  • Sloping and Benching
  • Support Systems

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 manual regulations concerning excavation and trenching work on a jobsite
  • List guidelines addressing access methods for an excavation site, such as benching and sloping
  • Describe safety requirements for different support systems used within an excavation

Module 14: Hand and Power Tools

Topics covered in Module 14 include:

  • Tool Inspection and Maintenance Guidelines
  • Tool Guarding and Grounding
  • Grinding and Abrasive Machinery
  • Power Saws and Woodworking Machinery
  • Pneumatic Power Tools
  • Explosive-Actuated Tools
  • Other Types of Tools

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning the use of hand and power tools
  • Describe procedures for the safe use of hand and power tools

Module 15: Confined Space Entry

Topics covered in Module 15 include:

  • Non-Marine Facilities
  • Confined Spaces on Ships and Vessels
  • Air Monitoring and Confined Spaces Labeling

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning access and egress for confined spaces
  • Discuss guidelines for confined and enclosed spaces located on ships and vessels

Module 16: Underground Construction, Shafts and Caissons

Topics covered in Module 16 include:

  • Access and Egress
  • Communication Systems
  • Emergency Rescue Plans and Equipment
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Hazardous Classifications
  • Air Monitoring, Air Quality Standards and Ventilation
  • Fire Prevention and Protection
  • Drilling Machines and Guidelines
  • Other Regulations

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning underground construction, including the use of shafts and caissons
  • List guidelines that address worker safety while performing work underground
  • Discuss protective measures required when performing compressed air work or underground blasting

Frequently Asked Questions

What does EM stand for in EM 385-1-1?

The EM in EM 385-1-1 stands for “Engineers Manual.” The course covers important standards and guidelines covered in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements Manual, also known as EM 385-1-1

What is the EM 385-1-1 Manual?

The EM 385-1-1 Manual is a 930-page training manual by the Army Corps of Engineers that details safety and health regulations for construction on military or government projects. Requirements in the manual are mandatory for anyone working on military or government contracts.

Is this OSHA training?

EM 385-1-1 courses are not OSHA-authorized training programs. While OSHA training includes many similar topics on jobsite hazard recognition, the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course covers additional topics that standard OSHA training does not address.

Are these courses approved?

The federal government does not officially approve EM 385 courses or providers. However, our online EM 385 courses satisfy the training requirements of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAFVAC-SW) and a variety of other military and federal organizations.

Check with your employer to ensure that the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course will satisfy your training requirements. Your certificate of completion will be issued by American Safety Council.

Will my EM 385-1-1 certificate expire?

No, your certificate will never expire. However, you should check with your employer to see if additional training is required. Some contracts may require annual re-training or regularly scheduled refresher training.

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