40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training (Updated for 2024)

Ensure compliance with USACE safety guidelines and learn how to work on military projects safely with this 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 training. Enroll now!

  • User-friendly course design
  • Instantly print completion certificate
  • For SSHOs who need to comply with USACE
  • Covers the 2024 EM 385-1-1 manual
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About This Course s-mod-info

EM 385 40-hour training is designed to ensure compliance with the safety and health standards outlined in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) EM 385-1-1 manual. It is essential for Site Safety & Health Officers (SSHOs) working on military contracts or projects. It helps individuals understand their responsibilities, recognize construction site hazards, and respond effectively to prevent potential injuries, accidents, or site shutdowns.

This course explores the updated 2024 guidelines of the EM 385 manual, emphasizing USACE safety and health requirements. Participants gain valuable insights into safety practices, covering essential areas such as personal protective equipment selection, safe use of ladders and hand tools, and proper protection during excavation and trenching.

Course updates include additional critical topics like Rope Access, Uncrewed Aircraft, and Emergency Operations. Plus, the Program Management section has been restructured into two chapters, tailored separately for United States Army Corps of Engineers Personnel and Contractors.

Recommended for civilian contractors, military personnel, and government employees, this training provides essential knowledge for navigating USACE compliance. Get started by enrolling today!

Learning Outcomes

Topics Covered

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Safety and Occupational Health Program Management for United States Army Corps of Engineers Personnel
  • Chapter 2: Safety and Occupational Health Program Management for Contractors
  • Chapter 3: Medical and First Aid
  • Chapter 4: Temporary Facilities
  • Chapter 5: Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment
  • Chapter 6: Hazardous or Toxic Agents and Environments
  • Chapter 7: Lighting 
  • Chapter 8: Accident Prevention Signs, Tags, Labels, Signals, and Traffic Control
  • Chapter 9: Fire Prevention and Protection
  • Chapter 10: Welding and Cutting
  • Chapter 11: Electrical
  • Chapter 12: Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Chapter 13: Hand and Power Tools
  • Chapter 14: Material Handling, Storage, Disposal, and Conveyors
  • Chapter 15: Rigging 
  • Chapter 16: Load Handling Equipment 
  • Chapter 17: Demolition, Renovation, and Re-Occupancy
  • Chapter 18: Vehicles, Machinery, and Mechanized Equipment
  • Chapter 19: Floating Plant and Marine Activities 
  • Chapter 20: Pressurized Equipment and Systems
  • Chapter 21: Fall Protection
  • Chapter 22: Work Platforms and Scaffolding
  • Chapter 23: Rope Access
  • Chapter 24: Safe Access
  • Chapter 25: Excavation and Trenching
  • Chapter 26: Underground Construction, Shafts, and Caissons
  • Chapter 27: Concrete, Masonry, Roofing, and Wood Construction
  • Chapter 28: Steel Erection 
  • Chapter 29: Blasting 
  • Chapter 30: Diving Operations 
  • Chapter 31: Tree Maintenance and Removal 
  • Chapter 32: Airfield and Aircraft Operations
  • Chapter 33: Uncrewed Aircraft
  • Chapter 34: Confined Space
  • Chapter 35: Sanitation
  • Chapter 36: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
  • Chapter 37: Emergency Operations
  • Course Summary

What You'll Learn 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Enhance the awareness of Site Safety & Health Officers (SSHOs) and other project personnel performing work on Federal construction, service, and environmental contracts, and to provide all contractor on-site personnel an opportunity to obtain adequate knowledge to assess unsafe worksite conditions.
  • How to properly prepare a site-specific Accident Prevention Plan (APP).
  • How to effectively serve as a site safety health official (SSHO).
  • Know the SSHO qualifications and responsibilities.
  • Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) forms and their development.
  • Site personnel training, incident response and reporting procedures, jobsite auditing, and hazard communication.

Students taking this EM 385-1-1 Safety & Health Topics online course will learn the following topics. More detailed and focused objectives are described within the content of each of the topics.

  • Select and use the appropriate PPE on USACE contracts and contracts executed under EM 385-1-1.
  • Describe proper methods for material handling, storage, and disposal.
  • Describe proper equipment and methods for fall protection.
  • Explain the requirements for safe access, use of ladders, and protection for floor and wall openings.
  • Describe proper methods for protection during excavation and trenching activities.
  • Describe safe use of hand and power tools.

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Which EM 385-1-1 Training Course Do I Need?

Determining the appropriate EM 385 training depends on your role on EM 385-1-1 regulated sites. If you are a Site Safety & Health Officer (SSHO), supervisor, crew leader, or manager, the 40-hour training is mandatory. Supervisors, crew leaders, or managers who are not SSHOs should opt for the 24-hour course. For non-supervisory employees, the 16-hour course is sufficient. Additionally, everyone involved in EM 385-1-1 regulated sites must complete an 8-hour refresher training every year. 

What is the 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training?

The 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training is an advanced course offering comprehensive coverage of the EM 385-1-1 manual. It delves into various safety and health topics crucial for project supervisors or managers, including program management, fall prevention, and personal protective equipment.

Who Should Take the 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training?

This training is tailored for managers, supervisors, contractors, and construction workers engaged in military contracts, mandated to comply with USACE EM 385-1-1 laws and standards.

When Will I Receive My 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training Certificate?

Upon successful completion of the EM 385-1-1 course and passing the final exam, you'll instantly receive your Certificate of Completion. Your certificate remains valid indefinitely, but it's advisable to confirm with your employer or contract regarding additional training requirements.