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Cal/OSHA 10-Hour Training for General Industry is a 100% online course designed to assist entry-level workers in satisfying Cal/OSHA training requirements.

Train at your own pace and instantly print your Cal/OSHA certification after you complete the course. You will also earn a wallet-sized OSHA 10 DOL card that is printed on durable plastic and accepted nationwide.

About Cal/OSHA 10-Hour Training for General Industry

Training Standards

Satisfies Training Standards for:

Cal/OSHA Title 8 Regulations and OSHA Part 1910

General Industry Workers

Designed for:

Entry-Level General Industry Workers in California

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Cal/OSHA Certificate and Wallet-Sized OSHA 10 Card Printed on Durable Plastic

Who Needs 10-Hour Cal/OSHA Training for General Industry?

California's state OSHA plan requires general industry employers to ensure that workers receive training on all job-related safety and health topics outlined in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.

The 10-hour Cal/OSHA course is designed for entry-level general industry workers. The course explains workplace safety and health requirements for general industry, including fields such as manufacturing, health care, warehousing and more.

This training covers Cal/OSHA regulations as well as federal OSHA safety guidelines. Cal/OSHA covers almost every worker in California, including state and local government employees. Some employees are exempt from Cal/OSHA, including offshore maritime workers, Post Office workers and other federal employees.

Learning Objectives

Throughout the course, you'll learn about key safety and health topics, including Cal/OSHA general industry requirements and federal OSHA guidelines.

Upon completion of Cal/OSHA training, you'll be prepared to:

  • Explain the difference between federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA
  • List your rights as a worker under Cal/OSHA
  • State employer responsibilities under Cal/OSHA
  • Identify health hazards that are pertinent to Cal/OSHA
  • List the components of an Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  • Use effective tactics to prevent heat illness
  • List OSHA and Cal/OSHA government resources that support worker safety

You'll also learn about the following topics related to federal OSHA:

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans and Fire Prevention
  • Electrical
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazard Communication
  • Material Handling
  • Machine Guarding
  • Bloodborne Pathogens

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Cal/OSHA Course Outline

Cal/OSHA 10-Hour Training for General Industry includes 12 modules on Cal/OSHA requirements. You can find a full overview of each module below.

Module 1: Introduction to Federal OSHA

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • About OSHA
  • Inspections
  • Citations
  • OSHA Resources

Learning objectives include:

  • Outline OSHA's history, mission, purpose and standards
  • Explain types of OSHA inspections, OSHA citations, the most frequently cited violations and penalties
  • Identify OSHA resources available to workers

Module 2: Introduction to Cal/OSHA

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • About Cal/OSHA
  • Specific Cal/OSHA Standards
  • Inspections and Citations
  • Cal/OSHA Resources

Learning objectives include:

  • Outline Cal/OSHA's mission, purpose and standards
  • Identify Cal/OSHA standards that differ from federal standards
  • Define Cal/OSHA's inspection and citation process
  • Identify Cal/OSHA resources available to workers

Module 3: Workers' Rights

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Workers' Rights Under Cal/OSHA
  • Employee Responsibilities

Learning objectives include:

  • Define workers' rights under Cal/OSHA
  • Explain how to cooperate with Cal/OSHA enforcement personnel during inspections
  • Define employee responsibilities in the workplace

Module 4: Employer Responsibilities

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Training Requirements and Other Employer Responsibilities
  • Recordkeeping

Learning objectives include:

  • Outline responsibilities assigned to employers under Cal/OSHA
  • Define an employer's training responsibilities under Cal/OSHA
  • Describe the types of records employers are required to keep

Module 5: Noise Hazards

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • Basics of Noise
  • Noise-Related Exposure Hazards
  • Evaluating Noise
  • Reducing Noise Hazards

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain how the ears process sound
  • Differentiate noise from sound
  • Identify common noise-related hazards and associated health risks
  • Describe how decibels are measured
  • List methods used to reduce the effects of noise-related hazards

Module 6: Hazard Communication

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Hazardous Substances
  • Physical and Health Risks of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Labeling and Safety Data Sheets

Learning objectives include:

  • Define hazardous substances and list examples
  • Identify health hazards associated with certain hazardous chemicals
  • Describe the labeling requirements for hazardous materials
  • Explain how to read a Safety Data Sheet

Module 7: Asbestos

Topics covered in Module 7 include:

  • Asbestos Basics
  • Health Hazards of Asbestos Exposure
  • Types of Asbestos Worker Training

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain what asbestos is and where it's used
  • List health hazards associated with asbestos exposure
  • Define proper asbestos training

Module 8: Lead

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • Lead Hazards and Exposure
  • Signs and Symptoms of Lead Exposure
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safe Work Practices Around Lead

Learning objectives include:

  • List health hazards associated with exposure to lead
  • Identify signs and symptoms of lead exposure
  • Explain what PPE is required to work around lead
  • Outline safe practices when working around lead

Module 9: Introduction to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs)

Topics covered in Module 9 include:

  • The Purpose of Having an IIPP
  • Components of an IIPP
  • Incident Investigation

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain the purpose of an IIPP
  • Name the components of an IIPP
  • Explain how injury and illness incidents are investigated

Module 10: Getting Started on an Effective IIPP

Topics covered in Module 10 include:

  • IIPP Responsibilities and Assessments
  • How to Take Action on Assessments or Findings
  • Maintaining Your IIPP

Learning objectives include:

  • Name and define workplace IIPP assessments and responsibilities
  • Explain how to take action based on a workplace assessment or finding
  • Describe how to maintain your IIPP and remain compliant

Module 11: Heat Illness Prevention

Topics covered in Module 11 include:

  • Heat Illness Signs and Symptoms
  • Prevention Methods

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of heat illness
  • List methods to prevent heat illness
  • Describe how workers can acclimate to high temperature environments

Module 12: OSHA and Cal/OSHA Resources

Topics covered in Module 12 include:

  • Cal/OSHA Regulations in the Workplace
  • Resources for Workers

Learning objectives include:

  • Relate Cal/OSHA regulations to the workplace
  • State the importance of following OSHA standards
  • List OSHA and government resources that support workplace safety

Testing Requirements

Cal/OSHA 10-Hour Training for General Industry consists of 10 hours of OSHA-authorized training and three hours of supplemental safety and health topics required by Cal/OSHA. To earn your Cal/OSHA certification and OSHA 10 card, you'll need to pass end-of-module quizzes and two final exams.

Cal/OSHA Testing

The Cal/OSHA portion of the course includes 12 quizzes and a final exam. Each of the 12 modules ends with a five-question quiz. You will have an unlimited number of attempts to pass with a score of 80% or higher.

The final exam contains 20 questions. You will have 180 minutes to complete the exam and earn a passing score of 70% or higher. Like the quizzes, you can retake the exam until you pass.

OSHA Outreach Testing

The federal OSHA portion of the course includes nine end-of-module quizzes and a final exam. You have up to three attempts to pass each quiz with a score of 70% or higher.

If you do not pass any given quiz in three tries, you will be locked out of the course and will need to contact our support team to resume your training. Three unlocks are permitted throughout the duration of the course. If you are locked out of the course four times, you will be required to reregister for the course and restart your training.

You will have 180 minutes to pass the final exam, which includes 20 questions. You have up to three attempts to pass the final exam with a score of 70% or higher. If you do not achieve a passing score after three attempts, you will need to reregister for the course and start from the beginning.


What is Cal/OSHA?

Cal/OSHA, also known as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), enforces California's state OSHA plan. The plan includes a variety of workplace safety and health standards that protect California workers. In many areas, Cal/OSHA standards are stricter than federal OSHA standards.

Cal/OSHA standards, found in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, apply to nearly every worker in the state, including local and state government workers.

How long will it take to complete the course?

To satisfy Cal/OSHA training requirements, entry-level general industry workers need to complete a 10-hour OSHA Outreach course with three hours of supplementary training on Cal/OSHA regulations.

Due to federal OSHA rules, you can spend no more than 7.5 hours per day in OSHA Outreach training. That means it will take a minimum of two days to complete your training. Time spent on Cal/OSHA training does not count toward the 7.5-hour daily limit.

What is an OSHA 10 DOL card?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issues OSHA 10 cards to workers who complete 10 hours of OSHA Outreach training on industry-specific workplace safety topics. This wallet-sized card is printed on durable plastic and is accepted nationwide as proof of training.

Supervisors and workers with certain safety responsibilities are often required to complete 30 hours of Outreach training in order to earn an OSHA 30 card.

» Learn more about OSHA cards

When will I receive my Cal/OSHA certification and OSHA 10 DOL card?

Upon successful completion of Cal/OSHA 10-Hour Training for General Industry, you can instantly download and print your Cal/OSHA certification and OSHA Outreach training certificate. The U.S. Department of Labor will deliver your OSHA 10 card by mail six to eight weeks after course completion.

Will my Cal/OSHA certification and OSHA 10 card expire?

Your Cal/OSHA certification and OSHA card will not expire. However, employers may require you to complete refresher training periodically, such as every three to five years, to ensure you're up to date on workplace safety and health protocols. For more information about refresher training requirements, speak to your employer.

What is Cal/OSHA Title 8?

Title 8 refers to the Cal/OSHA safety and health standards listed in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations. These regulations are enforced by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. You can browse Cal/OSHA standards alphabetically or by searching for a specific topic.

» Additional Cal/OSHA FAQs

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