OSX 960 • OSHA 3015: Excavation, Trenching...

OSX 960 • OSHA 3015: Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics

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Course Description

Excavation & TrenchingThis course covers OSHA Standards related to excavation and trenching. Topics include practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and un-shored slopes. Introduction to various types of shoring, soil Classification, and protective systems will be emphasized.

Testing methods are demonstrated and students participate in workshops in the use of instruments such as penetrometers, torvane shears, and engineering rods. Upon course completion students will have the ability to assess employer’s compliance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, utilize soil testing methods to classify soil types, determine protective systems for excavation operations, and training requirements.

Who Should Attend

Individuals responsible for overseeing safety in industries such as: Construction, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Maritime and General Industry.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe basic concepts of soil mechanics and how environmental factors affect soil stability
  2. Identify hazards related to excavations and excavating equipment.
  3. Describe sloping and shoring requirements and the use of trench shields
  4. Identify various types of protective systems
  5. Demonstrate various soil tests, including the pocket penetrometer and trovane shear methods
  6. Describe the duties of competent person as defined by OSHA
  7. Describe OSHA Excavation Standards Subpart P
  8. Document excavation inspections.

CEUs: 2.2
Prerequisites: None
Course Length: 3 days
Recommended Materials: Pen, pencil, highlighter and writing pad


 Registration Eligibility

Students who wish to participate in OSHA–numbered courses in the online synchronous video conferencing format must have a valid physical address in Region 9 (CA, NV, HI, AZ, Guam, and American Samoa), or obtain permission from their local OTIEC to attend a class outside their home region.

Other CSUDH OTIEC courses can be taken by anyone (no residency required).



System and Equipment Requirements

It is important that students review the system and equipment requirements listed below to be able to successfully take part in a CSUDH OTIEC course, whether participating in person or online via video conferencing.

  In-Person System and Equipment Requirements

  • A laptop with built-in camera, Wi-Fi capability

  Online System and Equipment Requirements

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (4G/LTE or better)
  • Access to computer or laptop with built-in camera – one student per device
  • OSHA 510, 511, 500 and 501 Students only:
    Additional stand-alone webcam or secondary device (phone)
  • Built-in or external speakers/headset and microphone

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