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

Updated to train the standards outlined in the 2024 EM 385-1-1 USACE manual, this course is easier to follow and better organized, making it simpler for you to learn worksite safety and training rules.

Starting March 15, 2024, military and contract workers on projects bid after this date are required to complete this training.

This course focuses on understanding the roles of safety officers, spotting unsafe conditions, making accident prevention plans, and using hazard analysis forms. It also teaches specific safety practices like choosing PPE, handling materials safely, preventing falls, ensuring safe access, staying safe during excavations, and using tools correctly. These updates help participants better understand safety protocols compared to before, when the focus was more on raising awareness.

Boost your understanding of the latest EM 385-1-1 standards and guidelines by signing up for our online course today.

Course Facts

What You Get

Certificate of Completion

Who Should Take the Training?

Contractors and military and government employees


24 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

Topics Covered  


Lesson 1: Safety and Occupational Health Program Management for United States Army Corps of Engineers 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: Hand and Power Tools (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 13)

Lesson 9: Material Handling, Storage, Disposal, and Conveyors (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 14)

Lesson 10: Demolition, Renovation, and Re-Occupancy (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 17)

Lesson 11: Vehicles, Machinery, and Mechanized Equipment (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 18)

Lesson 12: Fall Protection (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 21)

Lesson 13: Work Platforms and Scaffolding (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 22)

Lesson 14: Safe Access (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 24)

Lesson 15: Excavation and Trenching (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 25)

Lesson 16: Underground Construction, Shafts, and Caissons (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 26)

Lesson 17: Confined Space (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 34)

Lesson 18: Emergency Operations (EM 385-1-1 Chapter 37)

Course Summary

What You'll Learn 

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. 


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.

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


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