24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Hazard Recognition Course

The online 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course provides a thorough overview of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCACE) safety and health requirements for construction contract work. This training is required for all contractors working on military projects.

Other workers who must complete this training include supervisors and government or military employees who enforce EM 385-1-1 regulations. Collateral Duty Safety Officers (CDSOs) can also complete this course to satisfy their 24 hours of mandatory refresher training.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn about USACE standards for workplace safety and specific best practices for construction work. The course provides a detailed overview of safety and health topics found in the Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Manual (EM 385-1-1).

About the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Online Training Course

The 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course has numerous benefits, including:

  • 24/7 course access
  • You're guaranteed to pass
  • Provides 2.4 IACET continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Instantly download your Certificate of Completion
  • Train at your own pace

Once you finish the course and pass a brief test on the core topics, you can instantly download your Certificate of Completion. The 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course takes at least 24 hours to complete, not including the final exam.

American Safety Council is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). American Safety Council complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, American Safety Council is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

American Safety Council is authorized by IACET to offer 2.4 CEUs for this program.

Who Should Take the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training Course?

This course is ideal for workers who must comply with EM 385-1-1 training standards, including:

  • Contractors working on military installations or Army Corps projects
  • Military or government employees who must enforce or comply with EM 385-1-1 standards
  • USACE Collateral Duty Safety Officers who must fulfill 24 hours of required refresher training

24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Course Details

This online course features 16 learning modules on workplace safety topics covered in the EM 385-1-1 manual. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of USACE safety and health standards required for military and government contract work. At the end of each module, you will need to pass a five-question quiz.

Once you have completed the course, you must take a 25-question final exam on the topics presented. If you do not pass your exam on the first attempt, you can retake it until you get a passing score of 70% or higher.

After you have successfully completed and the course and passed the final exam, your Certificate of Completion will be available for instant download.

Learning Objectives for 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training

The primary goal of this course is to provide workers with the necessary training to comply with safety and health standards set forth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in EM 385-1-1.

Course learning objectives include:

  • Recognize EM 385 regulations that CDSOs and contractors must observe when inspecting a worksite
  • Apply EM 385 standards toward the prevention of common hazards and worksite accidents
  • Choose appropriate engineering controls, safety monitoring systems and personal protective equipment (PPE) on the worksite
  • Understand best practices for safe equipment use during different worksite tasks

24-Hour EM 385-1-1 Training Course Outline

The 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 training course is divided into 16 learning modules. You can find a full outline of each module below.

Module 1: Program Management

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • General Guidelines for Safety
  • Orientation and Training Guidelines
  • Accidents and Emergencies

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning worksite management
  • List training and physical qualification standards for USACE employees
  • Discuss guidelines for accident reporting, emergency planning and explosive use

Module 2: Medical and First Aid

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Medical Accessibility
  • First Aid Kits
  • First Aid Stations and Health Clinics
  • Personnel Qualifications

Learning objectives include:

  • Name EM 385-1-1 standards that regulate medical and first-aid administration, including personnel requirements
  • List safety requirements for first-aid kits and automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Describe guidelines for establishing first-aid stations and health clinics

Module 3: Temporary Facilities

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Fencing and Warning Signs
  • Temporary Work Camps
  • Access and Haul Roads
  • Roadway Construction

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 manual regulations concerning the establishment and usage of temporary facilities
  • Discuss guidelines for establishing access and haul roads adjacent to the worksite

Module 4: Personal Protective and Safety Equipment

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • General PPE Guidelines
  • Types of PPE
  • Aquatic PPE

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • List requirements for PPE use during electrical work
  • Describe guidelines that address aquatic PPE use

Module 5: Welding and Cutting

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • Protection and Safety Standards
  • Oxyfuel Gas Welding and Cutting
  • Arc Welding and Cutting
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Other Welding Types

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning welding and cutting safety
  • Describe the operational components of gas, arc, gas metal, plasma and thermite welding and cutting

Module 6: Electrical

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Electrical Work Guidelines
  • Grounding
  • Temporary Wiring and Lighting Hazardous (Classified) Locations
  • Batteries and Battery Charging
  • Hazardous (Classified) Locations
  • Power Transmission and Distribution
  • Work Environments

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning electrical work
  • List requirements for hazardous work tasks, such as using temporary wiring and lighting and working near overhead lines
  • Describe guidelines addressing electrical work that is performed in classified locations, substations and communication facilities

Module 7: Materials Handling, Storage and Disposal

Topics covered in Module 7 include:

  • General Materials Handling Guidelines
  • Material Hoists
  • Materials Storage and Housekeeping
  • Materials Debris and Disposal

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations for materials handling, storage and disposal
  • List requirements for using hoisting systems to lift heavy materials
  • Describe effective methods of proper material storage, such as regular housekeeping tasks and debris netting

Module 8: Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • Training and Licensing
  • Inspection, Maintenance and Repairs
  • Guarding and Safety Devices
  • Operation Rules
  • Transportation of Personnel
  • Machinery and Mechanized Equipment
  • Drilling Equipment
  • All-Terrain, Utility and Specialized Vehicles

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations that guide use of vehicles, machinery and other types of work equipment
  • List requirements for operating different types of vehicles, such as cars, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility vehicles (UVs) and specialty vehicles
  • Discuss guidelines for using heavy machinery and mechanized equipment

Module 9: Fall Protection

Topics covered in Module 9 include:

  • General Fall Protection Guidelines
  • Fall Protection Personnel
  • Fall Protection for Worksites
  • Personal Fall Protection Systems
  • Scaffolds, Work Platforms and Elevating Devices
  • Fall Warning and Rescue

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning fall protection on a worksite
  • Describe the responsibilities and training relevant for workers exposed to fall hazards
  • List regulations that apply to fall controls such as covers, netting, monitoring systems and ladder-climbing devices

Module 10: Work Platforms and Scaffolding

Topics covered in Module 10 include:

  • Structure and Hazard Prevention Regulations
  • Scaffold Use (Excluding Elevating Aerial Work Platforms)
  • Metal Scaffolds and Towers
  • Suspended Scaffolds
  • Hanging Scaffolds
  • Specialized Scaffolds
  • Adjustable Scaffolds
  • Elevating Platforms

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning the use of work platforms and scaffolding
  • Select appropriate methods for reducing safety hazards when working with a variety of scaffold systems and work platforms

Module 11: Demolition, Renovation and Re-Occupancy

Topics covered in Module 11 include:

  • General Planning Guidelines
  • Demolition Work
  • Structural Demolition
  • Mechanical Demolition

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning demolition, renovation and re-occupancy of structures
  • List safety guidelines that govern structural demolition work

Module 12: Safe Access

Topics covered in Module 12 include:

  • General Planning and Design Guidelines
  • Ladders
  • Floor, Wall and Roof Holes and Openings
  • Stairways and Ramps
  • Hoist, Elevator and Rope Access

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning safe access for all work areas
  • Explain the requirements for using ladders, hoists and elevators
  • Explain the requirements for constructing stairways, ramps, handrails, and roof, floor and wall openings

Module 13: Excavations and Trenching

Topics covered in Module 13 include:

  • Competent Persons Guidelines
  • Safe Access
  • Sloping and Benching
  • Support Systems

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 manual regulations concerning excavation and trenching work on a jobsite
  • List guidelines addressing access methods for an excavation site, such as benching and sloping
  • Describe safety requirements for different support systems used within an excavation

Module 14: Hand and Power Tools

Topics covered in Module 14 include:

  • Tool Inspection and Maintenance Guidelines
  • Tool Guarding and Grounding
  • Grinding and Abrasive Machinery
  • Power Saws and Woodworking Machinery
  • Pneumatic Power Tools
  • Explosive-Actuated Tools
  • Other Types of Tools

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning the use of hand and power tools
  • Describe procedures for the safe use of hand and power tools

Module 15: Confined Space Entry

Topics covered in Module 15 include:

  • Non-Marine Facilities
  • Confined Spaces on Ships and Vessels
  • Air Monitoring and Confined Spaces Labeling

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning access and egress for confined spaces
  • Discuss guidelines for confined and enclosed spaces located on ships and vessels

Module 16: Underground Construction, Shafts and Caissons

Topics covered in Module 16 include:

  • General Guidelines
  • Hazardous Classifications
  • Air Monitoring, Air Quality Standards and Ventilation
  • Fire Prevention and Protection
  • Drilling Machines and Guidelines
  • Other Regulations

Learning objectives include:

  • State EM 385-1-1 regulations concerning underground construction, including the use of shafts and caissons
  • List guidelines that address worker safety while performing work underground
  • Discuss protective measures required when performing compressed air work or underground blasting

Frequently Asked Questions

What does EM stand for?

The EM in EM 385-1-1 stands for “Engineers manual.” The 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course covers requirements set forth in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EM-385-1-1 manual.

What is the EM 385-1-1 Manual?

The EM 385-1-1 manual is a 930-page training manual by the Army Corps of Engineers. It details safety regulations and requirements for construction on military or government contracting projects. Requirements in the manual are mandatory for anyone working on military contracts.

Is this OSHA training?

EM 385 courses are not OSHA-authorized and are not considered OSHA training programs. OSHA training covers similar topics, but the Army Corps of Engineers follows certain safety and health requirements that OSHA training does not address.

Is the 24-Hour EM 385-1-1 course approved?

This online course meets EM 385 training requirements of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAFVAC-SW) and various other military and federal organizations.

However, the federal government and its agencies do not officially approve any courses related to EM 385-1-1. Check with your employer to ensure that this course will meet all training requirements. Your Certificate of Completion will be issued by American Safety Council.

Does the course certificate expire?

No, your certificate will never expire. But you should check with your employer to see if further training is required. Some roles require retraining, such as CDSOs who must complete 24 hours of EM 385-1-1 refresher training every four years.

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