Funding for Locals

Develop a Local OSHA Trainer


This limited reimbursement program is a great opportunity for locals in areas without an OSHA Outreach Trainer to develop their own in-house trainer for the OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety and Health training. Locals with OSHA Outreach Trainers can then apply to use the IATSE TTF OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety © curriculum, which includes access to customized PowerPoint presentations, an instructor guide, and student books for all classes. Local union nomination of these trainers to the IATSE TTF Train the Trainer: Teaching and Presentation Techniques workshop is highly recommended. These new trainers will also be available to conduct OSHA trainings for neighboring locals. We reimburse approved locals the cost of tuition after their nominated trainer completes OSHA 511 and OSHA 501 classes at an authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center.


Why should we have a local OSHA trainer?

  1. Your local will have more flexibility when setting up OSHA classes because you will have a local trainer.

  2. Your local can apply for the OSHA 10/GES curriculum and teach OSHA classes at your local and neighboring locals using this curriculum after a brief orientation.

  3. Your local will reduce training expenses because you'll have an in-house trainer, and when you apply for the OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety curriculum, we'll ship you student books free of charge.

  4. Your trainer's name will be listed in the Trainer Database as an OSHA Outreach Trainer available to teach for locals organizing their own classes.

What else should we know?

  1. Local OSHA trainers will not teach OSHA 10/GES classes for the TTF.

  2. Your local trainer is not a TTF trainer.

  3. We will not pay your trainer directly to teach OSHA classes at your local or other locals.

  4. Other locals may contact your trainer directly to teach OSHA classes for them and those locals may apply for Course Reimbursement to defray the cost of the class. Any fees charged for teaching the class at other locals are negotiated between the trainer and the local. The TTF is not party to this.


Students must successfully complete the OSHA #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry and have five years of safety and health work experience in general industry. A degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation may be substituted for two years of work related experience. Students should obtain guidance on whether they meet this requirement from the OSHA Training Institute Education Center where they intend to receive the training. Authorized OSHA General Industry Outreach Training Program trainers are required to attend OSHA #503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers at least once every four years to maintain their trainer status. Learn more here →.

New! OSHA 503 Refresher Course

As part of our commitment to support local training efforts, we’re expanding our Develop a Local OSHA Trainer program to include reimbursement for OSHA 503. The OSHA 503 training provides an update to OSHA General Industry Standards and OSHA policies for authorized trainers and must be completed every four years.

To be eligible for this reimbursement, local unions must have developed a new OSHA Outreach Trainer with support from the TTF. Only locals who were reimbursed for OSHA 511 and OSHA 501 tuition can continue to take advantage of this program. Locals must also be actively teaching the IATSE TTF OSHA 10/General Entertainment Safety curriculum to be eligible. Locals who meet both criteria are encouraged to apply for reimbursement to send their Local OSHA Trainer to this refresher course.

We will confirm your local’s eligibility through the Training Tracker. When you apply for Course Reimbursement for your OSHA 10/GES classes, we automatically enter your classes in the Training Tracker. You can also submit classes directly to the Training Tracker if you don’t participate in the Course Reimbursement program.

Click here to learn more about OSHA 503 - Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers →

Nominate a Local Trainer

The Develop a Local OSHA Trainer Application is a fillable PDF form and must be filled out and signed by the local union president, secretary treasurer, BA, or training coordinator. The officer completing and submitting the application must be an officer other than the individual listed as a trainer on the application.

Email the application to well in advance and at least a month ahead of the OTI training dates. We can only reimburse locals who apply before training takes place and who've received an approval notice. The approved local must pay for OSHA Training Institute course tuition and will receive reimbursement only after the successful completion of required OSHA Outreach training by the nominated trainer. Locals that do not go through these steps will not be eligible for reimbursement. We can only reimburse the cost of tuition. The local or local trainer is responsible for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals.

This is not an individual reimbursement program. If you are interested in becoming an OSHA Outreach Trainer for your local, talk to your local first and have them submit an application to begin the process. All reimbursements are made directly to the local after the local trainer obtains OSHA Outreach Trainer status and only if the application is approved prior to enrollment in an OSHA Training Institute.