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 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 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 →.

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 will contact you once we review your application to discuss your local's safety training needs. We can only reimburse locals who apply before training takes place and who've received an approval notice. The approved local must pay for the OSHA Training Institute 501 and 511 courses and will receive reimbursement only after the successful completion of both courses 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 paid directly to the local after the successful completion of both courses and only if the application is approved prior to enrollment in the OTI classes.