Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)


Prep Course

DAY 1: 9 hrs
Actual student & instructor contact course time: 7 hrs
Lunch time: 1 hr
10 minute breaks: 1 hr total

Introduction to Safety and OSHA: 3 hrs

  1. Explain the difference between compliance and best practice:
  2. Describe the following terms:
  3. Inspections, Citations, and Penalties (see
  4. General Safety and Health Provisions, Competent Person, Subpart C (see
  5. Value of Safety and Health and Safety and Health Program: Safety & Health Management Systems eTool; Safety Management Systems 10 safety programs
  6. OSHA 800 number and available resources: OSHA publications, eTools, etc. (see

Hazard Recognition, Evaluation, and Control with HAZ ID Struck by & caught in/between: 2 hrs

  1. Describe the Job Safety Analysis Process using Hazard Identification
  2. Explain the OSHA Hazard Identification energy sources (see Appendix)
  3. Describe the Hazard control process involving Engineering, Administrative, and Personal Protective Equipment Controls (see Appendix)
  4. Identify common hazards using the safety alerts from: | |
  5. Describe common Safe Work Practices used to control hazards

Hazard Communication: 2 hrs

  1. Identify different types of warning labels (see
  2. Explain how a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is used (see
  3. Explain proper on-site safety and emergency response procedures (see

DAY 2: 9 hrs
Actual student & instructor contact course time: 7 hrs
Lunch time: 1 hr
10 minute breaks: 1 hr total

Personal Protective Equipment and Lifesaving Equipment: 2 hrs

  1. Describe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) purpose, use, maintenance, storage, and what hazard it is being used as a last resort to control (see and
  2. Hard hat, Hearing protection, Safety glasses & face shield, Work clothing & gloves, Boots
  3. Identify and describe the 3 main types of respirators used in construction (see and

Work Zone Safety including signs, signals, and barricades: 30 mins

  1. Identify signs, signals, and barricades that will help you perform your job safely
  2. Identify the hazards and safeguard of working in a highway work zone
  3. See

Electrical and High Voltage Hazards: 2 hrs

  1. Describe the risks associated with working around electricity and high voltage
  2. Describe the effects of electrical shock on the human body
  3. Define insulation and grounding
  4. Describe how a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) works
  5. Explain where a ground fault circuit interrupter is required
  6. Discuss the purpose of an assured equipment grounding conductor program
  7. Define Lock-Out & Tag-Out and describe how it protects workers
  8. See (construction eTool; Electrical section)

Fire Protection and Prevention: 2 hrs

  1. Identify the typical fuel sources found on a construction site
  2. Identify the typical sources of ignition found on a construction site
  3. Explain the procedures for proper handling and storage of flammable materials
  4. Explain the classes of fire extinguishers and name the type of fire for which each is most effective
  5. Identify the type and use of a fire extinguisher from its label
  6. Use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire

Hand and Power Tool Safety: 30 mins

  1. Identify different types of power tools
  2. Describe the uses of hand and power tools
  3. List the five most common power sources for power tools
  4. Describe the risks associated with hand tools
  5. Describe the risks associated with each type of power tools
  6. Explain how to minimize the risks associated with operating hand and power tools
  7. See (construction eTool)

DAY 3: 9 hrs
Actual student & instructor contact course time: 7 hrs
Lunch time: 1 hr
10 minute breaks: 1 hr total

Welding Safety: 2 hrs

  1. Identify and describe the safety hazards associated with welding and metal cutting operations
  2. Identify the purpose and characteristics of a hot work permit
  3. Describe the fire hazards associated with welding operations
  4. Identify the hazards associated with handling and storing compressed gasses
  5. Identify the hazards associated with toxic fumes generated by welding and cutting processes and the methods used to avoid these hazards
  6. Describe the methods used to prevent injury to workers, including use of correct personal protective equipment

Fall Protection: 2 hrs

  1. Participate in a facilitated discussion of the most recent Z359 fall protection standard and how they apply to industrial fall protection
  2. State the ABC’s of fall protection
  3. Demonstrate the correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting personal fall protection systems including anchor placement, shock absorbing lanyards, connectors, and a personal fall protection harness using 100% tie off and a self-retracting lifeline (SRL)
  4. Discuss the theory of passive and active fall protection systems
  5. Discuss the theory of a vertical lifeline
  6. Complete a fall arrest system clearance diagram exercise
  7. Understand the importance of priority of rescue plans, including self-rescue, assisted rescue, and one person load lowering and raising mechanical advantage system
  8. Discuss the basic theory of orthostatic intolerance
  9. See

Walking and Working Surfaces: 1 hr

  1. Explain the hazards associated with walking and working surfaces
  2. Describe how to control the hazards through prevention and hazard controls with walking and working surfaces
  3. Explain how to respond to accidents and injury on walking and working surfaces

Ladders and Scaffolding: 1 hr

  1. Identify the different types of ladders and scaffolding used on a work site
  2. Describe how to safely use ladders and scaffolding
  3. See (10hr construction ppt)

Excavations (Trenching Safety): 1 hr

  1. Describe the process and purpose of excavation
  2. Explain and identify safety hazards associated with excavation
  3. Demonstrate and explain proper on-site safety and emergency response procedures
  4. Identify the indications and explain the causes of an unstable trench
  5. Explain the importance of recognizing soil types with regard to excavation
  6. Describe the procedures used in shoring, sloping, and shielding safety methods
  7. See

DAY 4: 9 hrs
Actual student & instructor contact course time: 7 hrs
Lunch time: 1 hr
10 minute breaks: 1 hr total

Powered Industrial Vehicles: 1 hr

  1. List 5 hazards of the work to be performed while on powered industrial vehicles
  2. List 5 hazards associated with working around powered industrial vehicles
  3. Describe emergency action plans and emergency procedures for powered industrial vehicles
  4. Receive an orientation on the operation and use of powered industrial vehicles
  5. Receive an inspection checklist and have a classroom discussion on how to inspect a powered industrial vehicle
  6. Review the proper use, inspection, and emergency procedures for personal fall arrest systems

Confined Spaces: 2 hrs

  1. Describe the difference between a permit-required confined space and a non permit-required confined space
  2. Explain the purpose of an entry permit
  3. Explain the hazards associated with confined spaces
  4. Describe the responsibilities of all workers on the site
  5. Demonstrate and explain proper on-site safety and emergency response procedures

Construction Inspections, Audits, and Observations: 30 mins

  1. State the purpose of a safety inspection
  2. Explain how to conduct a safety audit
  3. Describe how to conduct an employee observation

Construction Work Permit Policies: 30 mins

  1. State the purpose of work permit policies
  2. Describe the various permits to include confined space, excavation, hotwork, Lock-Out & Tag-Out, etc.

OSHA Inspection Procedures: 30 mins

  1. Explain why OSHA inspects construction sites
  2. Describe the process for an on-site OSHA inspection
  3. Explain the difference between a focused inspection and a wall-to-wall inspection
  4. Explain the consequences of OSHA citations, violations, and fines
  5. Explain the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers during an OSHA inspection
  6. Explain OSHA’s multi-employer work site inspection and citation procedures

Construction Safety Orientation and Training: 1 hr

  1. Effectively train all employees on a job site about safety policies and procedures
  2. Coordinate safety training programs
  3. Each student will give a five minute presentation on a safety topic of their choice

Safety and Health Program: 1 hr

Materials: Please bring a personal computer. This is an instructor facilitated class where students learn to navigate OSHA regulations. We do supply a sample test bank from which each student can practice for the actual exam. the course qualifies for the 30 hours of formal training.

Additional Information

Retraining: Student is responsible for safety Training Supervisor (STS) retraining every 5 years.

Students will complete the registration in class and submit it for approval to BCSP. Once approved, students register at a testing location nearest to their primary home to sit for the exam. Students are responsible for registration and testing fees when they register with Pearson VUE. This course does not cover registration and testing fees.

To achieve the STS certification, you must pass a Safety Trained Supervisor examination.

Testing is held offsite at Pearson VUE’s Learning Center testing sites through CCHEST. STS examinations are offered by computer at Pearson VUE testing center locations around the world every business day. The examination contains 100 multiple-choice questions and candidates have two hours to complete it.

Eligibility and Examination: To gain eligibility for a STS examination, you must be of good moral character and meet the following three requirements:

  • Have two years of experience in any industry or in the industry related to the version of the STS examination to be taken
  • Have one year of experience as a supervisor or safety leader of a work group. Examples are manager, foreman, crew chief, superintendent, or member of a safety committee. This experience can be concurrent with Requirement #1. If you are training to become a supervisor or safety leader and do not have the one year experience, you can substitute two additional years of industry experience in Requirement #1.
  • Have completed 30 hours of formal safety training through a single course or multiple training course

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