Safety Essentials Certificate Program

Safety Essentials Certificate Program

This comprehensive, 20-hour safety essentials program has been customized to provide necessary safety training to help broaden worker and employer knowledge of the recognition to avoid and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces. 

This program includes National Safety Council Defensive Driving Certification, OSHA 10-hr. General Industry program and Safety Committee Development and Certification Program.  Other modules equip the participant with the understanding and basic mastery of job safety analysis, industrial ergonomics, risk factors and how to develop a functional safety committee.

Certification Requirment

Seven courses, 20 hours

A Penn State Safety Essentials Certificate is awarded upon completion of the seven required courses. Courses may also be taken individually.

Fee: $495 for entire certificate. Individual courses are priced separately below.

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry

Provides entry level general industry workers with information about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job-related hazards on a job site. The training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards which a worker may encounter. Training  emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention. Learning objectives on some of these topics are included on a CD which is distributed in all OSHA General Industry trainer classes, and available for download at the Outreach Training Program website (

OSHA Recordkeeping (1 hour)

Participants will be instructed on the key components of the OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations, including:

OSHA Recordable Incidents, how OSHA Logs are completed, how to track lost time, restricted duty, occupational illnesses, and other injuries, and OSHA Posting requirements.

Defensive Driving—DDC 4

DDC 4 provides the learner with the key to learn with understanding, skills and techniques to avoid collisions, reduce traffic violations, and change driver behaviors and attitudes. DDC 4 offers the greatest flexibility for organizations who would like to customize their training program in session blocks. The course is available in English and Spanish and can be tailored to address local driving and road conditions and company policy.

PA State Safety Committee Development (1.5 hours)

This module illustrates the benefits of the PA State Safety Committee discount program. Students will gain valuable knowledge about the program, how to develop a state-approved committee and how to file the initial application. Topics covered include committee makeup, meetings, minutes, agendas and training. In addition to the nuts and bolts, tips to maintain an active and energetic committee for years to come are emphasized.

Safety Program Development (1 hour)

Participants will discuss the fundamental components of workplace safety programs, including: management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard recognition and control, and safety and health training and education.

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) (1 hour)

JSAs are an essential component of high-level safety programs. Developing effective JSAs can be difficult when not properly understood.  Students will review the process of identifying the basic steps of a job, identifying the hazards and appropriate corrective measures.   Emphasis will be placed on differentiating between actual steps and corrective measures; two concepts which are often misunderstood.

Introduction to Ergonomics (1.5 hours)

Ergonomics is the study of relationship between people and their work environment. This module will focus on industrial ergonomics with a lesser emphasis on office ergonomics.  Topics covered will include: ergonomic risk factors, ergonomic injuries/illnesses, ergonomic efficiency, evaluation, and controls.

Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is due upon registration. Registration cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until one week prior to the first class. After that, the individual may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.