Excavation & Trenching Awareness Training, Course Code 1425

4 hour Training with 4 CEUs upon successful Completion
Target Audience:CEUs for Current License Holders, CEUs for Renewal of License, Water System Operators & Waste-Water System Operators

Excavation & Trenching Awareness Training– an Overview of the Standards


The goal of this course is to establish safe work practices, evaluate conditions and understand the protective systems associated with excavations.

Topics include:

  • Identifying risk factors
  • Design of protective systems
  • Soil types
  • Shoring, sloping and combines systems
  • Material and equipment
  • Competent person, inspections and planning

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have specific regulations to protect employees while working in trenches and excavations. Each excavation or trench is required to be inspected by a competent person daily. The inspections shall be conducted prior to the start of work and as needed throughout the shift. Inspections shall also be made after every rainstorm or other hazard increasing occurrence. When the competent person finds evidence of a situation that could result in a possible cave-in, or other hazardous conditions, exposed employees must be removed from the excavation until the necessary precautions have been taken to ensure their safety.

Each soil or rock deposit shall be classified in accordance with the definitions in the OSHA standards. The classification of the deposits shall be made based on the results of at least one visual and one manual analysis. Soil types may be reclassified as necessary to reflect changes in the excavation. An excavation permit has been included to assist employers in meeting the OSHA requirements. The objectives of the standards are to minimize hazards by specifying design characteristics of safety systems to be used when working in or around an excavation or trench.