Refinery Safety Technician Certificate

Program Overview

Refinery Safety Technician CertificateThis program consists of nine courses offered for CEU credit and is focused on the responsibilities of a safety technician in the refinery setting. Participants will be prepared with a solid foundation to assist refinery safety managers in facilitating OSHA regulations and meeting performance expectations of employers. Course content addresses refinery process overview and safety regulations; hazard recognition and conducting risk assessments; and safe work practices such as “hot “work and confined spaces in refineries. Participants who complete the certificate program will be able to perform typical functions of refinery safety staff assigned to work with maintenance subcontractors. The curriculum will prepare crafts and trades persons associated with gasoline refinery operations to enter refinery employment as a safety technician.

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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Certificate program will be able to:

  1. Identify common injury risks in a variety of refinery maintenance activities.
  2. Conduct risk assessments of work activities and identify controls
  3. Describe general refinery operations and process hazards
  4. Conduct day to day safety inspections of various work areas in a refinery setting
  5. Conduct audits of safe work practices (hot work, work at heights, confined space)
  6. Asses competency and coach employees and supervisors on safe work processes
  7. Evaluate, summarize and present data from audits and field observation to stakeholders (employees, supervisors and manager).
  8. Assist supervisors in injury case management

Required Courses

To earn the Refinery Safety Technician Certificate, participants must complete total of nine required courses:

Required Prerequisites (Complete 1)

  • OSHA 510 OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry
  • OSHA 511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry

Required (Complete 6)

Electives (Complete 2)

Requirements for RST Certificate of Completion

To earn the certificate participants will complete nine (9) required courses; at least five (5) courses must be completed through the CSUDH OTIEC. All courses must be completed within five (5) years. Courses taken through other official OSHA Training Institute Education Centers can be used to fulfill up to four (4) courses required for the Refinery Safety Technician certificate of completion.

Who Should Attend

Foremen, superintendents, loss control representatives, human resources, workers compensation administrators, risk management personnel, supervisors, safety consultants, safety engineers and safety managers.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all participants interested in the field of Occupational Safety.

Special Features

Courses are offered for continuing Education Units (CEUs). Nationally recognized standards govern attendance requirements to earn CEU credits. A permanent record is established, and students may request CSU Dominguez Hills’ transcript either online or by calling the University Records office. Students not pursuing the certificate of completion may take individual courses.

Class Time:
165 Hours

Other Time, including lab:
All Courses have lab components that is included in the 165 hours

Day or Night Classes:
Day and weekend classes

Program Prerequisites:
—At least high school-level math, reading, language and writing skills
—2 years of experience working in refineries or commercial construction related activities

Equipment Used in Program:
Personal Protective Equipment

Target Occupations:
—At least high school-level math, reading, language and writing skills
—2 years of experience working in refineries or commercial construction related activities

Target Sector:
Refinery and Commercial Construction Industry

Total Program Fees:

WIOA Funding Assistance for OSHA Students

Out of work and need training? This program is approved for funding through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Visit the America's Job Center website for more information.

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