16- and 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Hazard Recognition Training

Meet your training requirements for 16-hour or 40-hour EM 385-1-1 training online at your own pace. Immediately upon completing the coursework, you can download your certificate of completion.

EM 385-1-1 training provides an orientation to regulations and guidelines outlined in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Manual, also known as the EM 385-1-1 Manual. Your online training will cover EM 385-1-1 safety and health requirements, including hazard recognition techniques that will prepare you to avoid injuries on the job.

Our EM-385-1-1 courses were developed by OSHA-authorized trainers and reviewed by industry experts from the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. The courses are approved and accepted through American Safety Council.

EM 385-1-1 Course Details

Training Requirements

Satisfies Training Requirements for:

16- or 40-Hour EM 385-1-1

American Safety Council

Approved by:

American Safety Council

workers

Designed for:

Military contract workers and federal employees

certificate

Provides:

Instant download of certificate of completion

Online Course

Format:

100% online course

Support

Support:

24/7 customer support

What Is EM 385-1-1?

EM 385-1-1 is a set of regulations developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). It details safety and health requirements for construction contract work related to military or government projects.

Who Needs EM 385-1-1 Training?

EM 385-1-1 training compliance is mandatory for anyone working on military contracts or projects, including contractors, supervisors and military or government employees who must enforce or comply with EM 385-1-1 standards.

The 16-hour course is designed for contractors and military or government employees. The 40-hour course, which provides an in-depth overview of additional safety and health topics, is typically required for managers and supervisors working on military contracts or projects.

About the 16-Hour EM 385-1-1 Course

Workers who must complete the 16-hour EM 385-1-1 course include:

  • Contractors working on military installations or Army Corps projects
  • Military or government employees who must enforce EM 385-1-1 standards
  • Military or government employees who must comply with EM 385-1-1 standards

16-Hour Course Topics

  • Program Management
  • Medical and First-Aid Requirements
  • Temporary Facilities
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Welding and Cutting
  • Electrical
  • Material Handling, Storage and Disposal
  • Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment
  • Fall Protection
  • Work Platforms and Scaffolding
  • Demolition
  • Safe Access
  • Excavation and Trenching
  • Underground Construction

Testing Requirements

Each of the 14 course lessons ends with a brief quiz, and you're required to score at least 70% before you can advance to the next section. You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each quiz.

The course ends with a 25-question final exam, and there is no time limit. To pass the course and earn your certificate, you must score at least 70%. If you fail the exam, you can immediately retake it for no additional charge. You have an unlimited number of attempts at the final exam, so you're guaranteed to pass.

About the 40-Hour EM 385-1-1 Course

The 40-hour course is designed for managers, supervisors, contractors and construction personnel who are working on military contracts and must complete 40 hours of EM 385-1-1 training.

40-Hour Course Topics

  • Program Management
  • Sanitation
  • Medical and First-Aid Requirements
  • Temporary Facilities
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazardous or Toxic Agents and Environments
  • Lighting
  • Accident Prevention
  • Fire Prevention
  • Welding and Cutting
  • Electrical
  • Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Material Handling, Storage and Disposal
  • Rigging
  • Load Handling Equipment (LHE)
  • Conveyors
  • Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment
  • Floating Point and Marine Activities
  • Pressurized Equipment and Systems
  • Fall Protection
  • Work Platforms and Scaffolding
  • Demolition
  • Safe Access
  • Excavation and Trenching
  • Underground Construction
  • Concrete, Masonry, Roofing and Residential Construction
  • Steel Erection
  • Blasting
  • Diving Operations
  • Tree Maintenance and Removal
  • Airfield and Aircraft Operations
  • HAZWOPER
  • Confined Space Entry

Each of the 34 lessons ends with a brief quiz, and you're required to score at least 70% before you can advance to the next section. You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each quiz.

The course ends with a 25-question final exam with no time limit. To pass the course and earn your certificate, you must score at least 70%. If you fail the exam, you can immediately retake it for no additional charge. You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass.

Meet SSHO Training Requirements

This course can assist you in meeting your Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) training requirements.

According to the EM 385-1-1 Manual, an SSHO is a qualified representative that is responsible for on-site safety and health.

SSHOs assist the contractor's project management team with managing, communicating, implementing and enforcing compliance with the Accident Prevention Plan and other accepted safety and health documentation.

Contractors for federally funded projects are required to employ at least one SSHO at each jobsite. The primary SSHO is responsible for the overall management, implementation and enforcement of the contractor's safety and health program.

SSHOs are required to maintain their competencies with an additional eight hours of formal, online or self-study training on safety and health-related coursework each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need EM 385-1-1 training?

EM 385-1-1 training compliance is mandatory for anyone working on military contracts or projects, including contractors and military or government employees who must enforce or comply with EM 385-1-1 standards.

This includes:

  • Contractors working on military installations or Army Corps projects
  • Military or government employees who must enforce EM 385-1-1 standards
  • Military or government employees who must comply with EM 385-1-1 standards

Some jobs may require additional safety training, such as OSHA 10- or 30-hour courses.

Are these courses approved?

Our online EM 385-1-1 courses meet the training requirements of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC Southwest) and many other military and federal organizations.

However, the federal government and its agencies do not officially approve any courses related to EM-385-1-1, and no courses or certificates from any provider will include such approval.

Generally, we recommend that students check with their employer to ensure that the course meets specific training requirements. The certificate of completion issued upon course completion is from American Safety Council.

What's the difference between 16- and 40-hour EM 385-1-1 training?

Both training courses are designed for military or government contractors who are required to meet EM 385-1-1 training standards.

The 16-hour EM 385-1-1 training applies to contractors working on military installations or Army Corps projects, or military or government employees who must comply with or enforce EM 385-1-1 standards.

The 40-hour course is designed for managers, supervisors, contractors and construction personnel working on military contracts that must comply with EM 385-1-1 regulations and compliance standards.

All topics from the 16-hour course are covered in the 40-hour version, which includes more than a dozen additional safety and health topics relevant to project supervisors or managers.

Is EM 385-1-1 training the same as OSHA training?

While both training programs cover similar topics, EM 385-1-1 safety requirements are more stringent than OSHA standards in some areas. The EM 385-1-1 course addresses some topics not covered in OSHA training, including accident prevention plans, program management and job site inspections.

Do I have to complete the EM 385-1-1 course in one sitting?

No. Recognizing that many professionals must work full-time while earning the certification or refreshing their knowledge, the online EM 385-1-1 course is available 24/7 and allows students to work at their own pace.

You do not need to finish the course in a single sitting. You can work whenever you want. When you log off, the system will save your progress so you can pick back up exactly where you left off.

What if I have questions while taking the course?

Access to a qualified course instructor is included with the course. You can email an instructor anytime to get answers to questions you have about the course content.

Does the course have a final exam?

Yes. Both courses require you to pass a final exam and a brief quiz at the end of each section. You must get a minimum score of 70% on the final exam and each quiz to earn your certificate.

When will I receive my course certificate?

Upon completion of the course and final exam, you can immediately download and print your certificate of completion.

Will my certificate expire?

No. While the certificate does not expire, check with your employer or the terms of your contract to see if further training is required. For example, SSHOs and other employees may be required to complete eight or more hours of continuing education or retraining annually.

What does the "EM" in EM 385-1-1 stand for?

EM is shorthand for Engineers Manual.

What does SSHO mean?

SSHO stands for Site Safety and Health Officer. The SSHO assists a contractor's project management team with managing, communicating, implementing and enforcing compliance with the contractor's Accident Prevention Plan and other required safety and health documentation.