USF OTI Education Center

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OSHA 3015

3015 – Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics

Days: 3  Hours: 20  CEUs: 1.9  Tuition: $550  

Course Description:

This course covers the OSHA Excavation Standard and safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching. Course topics include practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations, introduction of various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic), soil classification, and use of protective systems. 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 their 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. Minimum student contact hours: 20

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Course Topics:

  • Excavations
  • Soil classification
  • Sloping and benching
  • Timber shoring for trenches
  • Aluminum hydraulic shoring for trenches
  • Alternatives to timber shoring
  • Selection of protective systems

Course Highlights:

  • Exercise on use of instrumentation and soil testing methods.

ABIH: 4.34

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 20 hours which can be claimed for CM credit. Rules and additional information for Event Providers is available at: American Board of Industrial Hygiene


Registration Policy (Changes effective January 2021)

Updated 2021 Aug 04-12:25