EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health Training

All of our online courses for EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health Training are designed to be fully compliant with the most recent EM385 regulations. We offer a full suite of EM385 courses including 40-hour, 24-hour, 16-hour, and 8-hour refresher courses. Please choose the course you are interested in below.

40-hour EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health

Course Description This training provides a complete look at all regulations outlined in the EM 385-1-1 manual. Completion of this course supports worker compliance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contractor Safety and Health Requirements. EM 385-1-1 compliance is a requirement for all contractors working on military contracts and p...

Course Hours: 40 Price: 395

24-hour EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health

Course Description This course covers 17 sections of EM385-1-1 and can be taken completely online. Each section starts with a real life case study, emphasizing the importance of following the procedures and protocols.   Course Prerequisite There are no prerequisite requirements for this course.   Course Objectives ...

Course Hours: 24 Price: 285

16-hour EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health

Course Description This course is for every contractor and their employees working on sites using EM385 regulations. Training on the specific requirements must be done in order to ensure compliance. EM385-1-1, the Engineers Manual released by the US Army Corps of Engineers, outlines the standards that must be followed to ensure the...

Course Hours: 16 Price: 210

8-hour EM 385-1-1 USACE Safety & Health

Refresher Course Course Description This 8-hour online course provides the needed topics to satisfy the annual requirements for an SSHO. According to EM385-1-1 regulations, an 8-hour refresher training course must be completed annually for Site Safety Health Officers (SSHOs) who have already completed the full 40-hour training. A...

Course Hours: 8 Price: 185


What is EM 385-1-1?

EM 385-1-1 is the most recent version of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Safety and Health Requirements Manual. "EM" stands for "Engineer's Manual," and "385" is the document number for USACE's occupational safety and health manual. The "-1-1" indicates the current document version.

The safety and health requirements laid out in EM 385-1-1 are mandatory for anyone working for USACE or on military contracts, including private contractors.

Is EM 385 Training Mandatory?

If you'll be working on a construction site that must conform with the Engineer's Manual, then EM 385 training is required.

The level of EM 385 course you need will depend on your degree of responsibility on the job. Completion of the correct training is sometimes referred to as "EM 385-1-1 certification."

Which EM 385-1-1 Certification Do I Need?

There are four different types of EM 385 courses: 8-hour, 16-hour, 24-hour, and 40-hour.

If you're a Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO), you need to complete an initial 40-hour EM 385 training. SSHOs also need to complete annual refreshers by taking the 8-hour refresher course.

If you're a manager or a supervisor – someone who leads a team or supervises others – then you're required to complete the initial 24-hour EM 385 training.

All other workers and contractors need the 16-hour EM 385 training.

There is no formal refresher requirement for anyone below the level of SSHO but given the responsibility to follow EM 385's complicated mandates, it's smart to repeat your training periodically.

What's the Difference Between EM 385 Courses and OSHA Training?

EM 385 courses and OSHA courses focus on different regulations. Both protect the occupational safety and health for construction and demolition workers, but EM 385 courses focus on the appropriate Engineer's Manual, while OSHA training focuses on 29 CFR 1926 and parts of §1910.

There's a lot of overlap between USACE and OSHA's safety and health requirements, but EM 385 tends to be far stricter. This is especially true when it comes to planning, documentation, inspections, and safety management.

While OSHA training is required for all construction workers in the private sector, EM 385-1-1 certification is required for members of USACE and private contractors that win federal bids. This means that some private-sector construction workers may need both types of training.