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How do you get an OSHA 510 certification?

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To earn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 510 certification, complete the course curriculum on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry through a certified program provider. There is a fee for taking this course which typically runs between $700 and $900, as of 2015.

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Certified classes are located at many universities, trade schools and regional safety councils, such as West Virginia University, Georgia Tech University, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina. The course focuses on OSHA construction standards, health principles and safety principles, with emphasis on the construction industry's most hazardous features.

The course includes standard organization, background, procedures and record-keeping requirements to maintain compliance with OSHA rules and regulations. An understanding must be demonstrated of general industrial hazards, including fire, power tools, welding and fall protection as well as recognition of warning signs, signals and barricades.

Safety knowledge specific to the construction industry is required for course completion, including electric and electrical transmission safety and specific construction processes, such as erecting scaffolding, excavation and demolition. The mechanical operation codes covered include those for motor vehicles, cranes, material handling and rollover protections. In addition, worker health hazards are covered, such as toxic and hazardous substance handling and the proper use of personal protection equipment.

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