EM 385-1-1 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the USACE?

USACE stands for United States Army Corps of Engineers. They are the main orginization in charge of coordinating and carrying out the military engineering projects like construction, environmental clean-up, and research and development.

What is in your EM 385-1-1 training course?

Our course are designed to help workers and supervisors understand the purpose of the EM 385-1-1 safety manual, as well as their responsibility to
abide by it. We discuss all of the most relevant and widely applicable topics, going through each standard in the order in which they appear in the manual. One of our major goals with this project has been to re-write and organize the material in a way that makes it easier for readers to understand, since the text in the actual manual can be pretty dry and confusing. We’ve also added plenty of pictures and infographics in order to provide a better explanation of what is actually required under the USACE’s standards. We’ve really focused on making our presentation more user- friendly and informative than other published versions of the training.

What are the EM 385-1-1 Training Requirements?

EM385-1-1 training requirements vary depending on the role of the person taking the training. Collateral Duty Safety Officers, for example, have to complete 24 hours of EM 385-1-1 training every four years. For pretty much everyone else, though, a 16-hour introductory course can fulfill their EM385-1-1 training requirements. It’s the quickest and most affordable way to train employees and supervisors working on military projects.

What is EM385-1-1?

The United States Army Corps of Engineers publishes and updates the EM 385-1-1 safety manual, which contains the safety and health standards enforced on all military projects. The standards in the EM 385-1-1 manual are similar to the OSHA standards in some ways, but they are generally more strict (many passages in the manual refer to ANSI standards), and they cover a number of special situations. On military projects, the Corps of Engineers’ standards take precedence over the OSHA standards. All personnel involved with military projects must understand and follow these safety standards for the entire duration of the project. This includes military and government employees and supervisors, as well as any contractors who have contracts with the Corps of Engineers.

Is USACE Safety Training affiliated with the Army Corp of Engineers?

USACE Safety Training is not affiliated with the Army Corp of Engineers. We are simply committed to making the standards from the EM 385-1-1 manual more easily accessible, rather than simply copying and pasting them

What are the main topics covered in the USACE 8-hour and 16-hour trainings?

• The topics included in both courses are
     o Program Management
     o Medical and First Aid
• The topics included in both courses are
     o Program Management
     o Medical and First Aid
     o PPE
     o Material Handling, Storage, and Disposal
     o Fall Protection
     o Safe Access
     o Excavations and Trenching
     o Hand and Power Tools
• In addition to most of the information included in the 8-Hour course, the 16-Hour course includes
     o Temporary Facilities
     o Welding and Cutting
     o Electrical
     o Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment
     o Work Platforms and Scaffolding
     o Demolition, Renovation, and Re-Occupancy
     o Confined Space Entry

What makes USACE Safety Training qualified to produce EM 385-1-1 manual trainings?

Because the EM 385-1-1 manual is more or less a stricter set of OSHA safety standards, tackling it requires an extensive knowledge of OSHA standards. Our fifteen years in the safety business has more than prepared us.

What is the difference between the USACE 8-hour training and 16-hour training?

Besides of course the obvious difference in their length, the 8-hour training and 16-Hour training serve different purposes. The 16-hour training is an introductory course that fulfills EM 385-1-1 training requirements. The 8-Hour training is the refresher course that is required annually for those who have completed the 40-hour USACE training.

There are other training programs out there. Why should I choose USACE Safety Training?

What sets us apart from other is that our trainings are designed with the reader in mind. Rather than simply copying and pasting the information from the EM 385-1-1 manual into our trainings, we take the time to adapt over sixteen hours’ worth of information. Here at USACE Safety Training, we are passionate about ensuring that those who take our trainings come out ready to face any hazards they may encounter.
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