16-hour EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health (Updated for 2024)

Course Description Course Description

This course is for any contractor and their employees working on sites following 2024 EM 385-1-1 USACE rules. Training on the specific requirements must be done in order to ensure compliance. EM 385-1-1, the Engineers Manual released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), lays out the standards that need to be followed for the safest possible work environment on military and other projects. Find out how it's different from CFR 1910 and 1926 regulations, and what extra steps your team needs to take to keep the worksite safe.

Starting March 15, 2024, military and contract workers on projects bid after this date are required to complete this training even if they recently completed the previous version.

Not following EM 385 rules can lead to hefty fines on the job site, so it's vital for every team member to get the right training. This 16-Hour EM 385-1-1 online course covers everything needed for employees who are not in supervisory roles.

Updated to train the standards outlined in the 2024 EM 385-1-1 USACE manual, this course is easier to follow and better organized to get you back to the worksite faster.

Course Pre-Requisite Course Prerequisite

There are no prerequisite requirements for this course. However, it would be helpful to have already taken an OSHA Outreach course (General Industry or Construction).

Course Facts

What You Get

Certificate of Completion

Who Should Take the Training?

Non-supervisor employee roles


16 hours

Course Format

100% online

Standards Covered

EM 385-1-1 manual

Course Access

Courses Available 24/7

Course Structure

At your own pace, save progress as you go


Support available by email, phone, or chat

Course Updates

Content is updated and current

Course Objectives Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • The responsibilities of Site Safety & Health Officers (SSHOs), Collateral Duty Safety Officers (CDSOs), and other project personnel performing work on Federal construction, service, and environmental contracts.
  • How to assess unsafe worksite conditions. 
  • How to properly prepare a site-specific Accident Prevention Plan (APP). 
  • Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) forms and their development. 
  • Site personnel training, incident response and reporting procedures, jobsite auditing, and hazard communication. 

Students taking this online course will learn the following topics. More detailed and focused objectives are described within the content of each of the topics. 

  1. Select and use the appropriate PPE on USACE contracts and contracts executed under EM 385-1-1. 
  2. Describe the proper methods for material handling, storage, and disposal. 
  3. Describe the proper equipment and methods for fall protection. 
  4. Explain the requirements for safe access, use of ladders, and protection for floor and wall openings. 
  5. Describe the proper methods for protection during excavation and trenching activities. 
  6. Describe the safe use of hand and power tools.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1: Safety and Occupational Health Program Management for USACE Personnel (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 1)
  • Lesson 2: Safety and Occupational Health Program Management for Contractors (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 2)
  • Lesson 3: Medical and First Aid (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 3)
  • Lesson 4: Temporary Facilities (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 4)
  • Lesson 5: Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 5)
  • Lesson 6: Welding and Cutting (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 10)
  • Lesson 7: Electrical (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 11)
  • Lesson 8: Material Handling, Storage, Disposal, and Conveyors (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 14)
  • Lesson 9: Demolition, Renovation, and Re-Occupancy (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 17)
  • Lesson 10: Vehicles, Machinery, and Mechanized Equipment (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 18)
  • Lesson 11: Fall Protection (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 21)
  • Lesson 12: Work Platforms and Scaffolding (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 22)
  • Lesson 13: Safe Access (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 24)
  • Lesson 14: Excavation and Trenching (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 25)
  • Lesson 15: Confined Space (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 34)
  • Course Summary

Testing Testing

All quizzes must be passed with a 70% to proceed forward to the next lesson.

The final exam must be passed with a 70% to successfully complete the course. If you fail any quiz or exam three times you will be permanently locked out of the program online and will be forced to complete the course in the classroom.

Completion Completion

Once you complete the course, you will be provided with a completion certificate which will be available through your My Training page. Please be aware the certificate is not an official document.


Which EM 385-1-1 Training Course Should I Take?  

Site Safety Health Officers (SSHOs) working on sites regulated by EM 385-1-1 need 40 hours of training in compliance with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contractor Safety and Health Requirements.  

If you're a supervisor, crew leader, or manager working these sites, you need the 24-hour course instead. If you're a non-supervisory employee, then the 16-hour course is sufficient. 

For your annual refresher training, you’ll need to complete an 8-hour course. 

Why Choose Us?

Our 100% online EM 385-1-1 course is taught by experienced instructors who have hands-on experience in the field. The instructors share real-life experiences. This 40-hour training package provides information comparative to the US Army Corps Safety and Health Requirements Manual, EM 385-1-1, and applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction standards for contractors, military, and government employees.

Our EM 385-1-1 course grants our students 24/7 online access to their job site safety training courses. Course takers complete their training at their own pace, at any time, and from anywhere.

16-hour EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health (Updated for 2024)


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