Published: September 28, 2021

Understanding USACE and the EM 385-1-1 Manual

What is USACE?

USACE stands for the “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” Believe it or not, the organization has been around since the revolutionary war. George Washington needed engineers who were also trained in military combat to perform construction on certain army forts. Today, USACE has a wide range of engineering duties, such as constructing fighting positions for the military or building dams and energy sources throughout the country. The big difference between typical engineers and USACE is the extensive safety training that USACE must receive and follow during their projects.

Some projects that USACE have worked on include flood controls for the Napa River in California, creating habitats for endangered species in Iowa, and completing water supply projects for public health and safety.

What is the EM 385-1-1 Manual?

The EM 385-1-1 Manual lists the specific standards for USACE. Many of the standards closely resemble OSHA’s regulations, but they are typically stricter or more specific to USACE duties. The manual covers over thirty topics, including confined space entry, fall protection, and excavation. Similar to OSHA’s standards, the EM 385-1-1 manual outlines how to safely complete their various engineering responsibilities. As a contractor, if you are working with USACE, you are required to have an extensive knowledge of the manual.

Is there a training course that covers the EM 385-1-1 Manual?

While the EM 385-1-1 manual contains plenty of important safety information, it is incredibly dense and can be difficult to understand. Because of this, Safety Provisions has created a 16-hour introductory course that covers some of the most frequently used standards, such as electrical work, scaffolding, and safety management programs.

While most EM 385-1-1 training courses simply copy and paste the information from the manual onto an online platform, Safety Provisions has striven to create a training that makes the information more accessible. Without losing any of the information of course, we have rephrased the standards in a way that makes them more understandable. We combined this effort with pictures and graphics to make the information as clear as possible. If you’re hoping to work with the Army Corp of Engineers and need a solid understanding of the EM 385-1-1 training, try out our EM 385-1-1 16 Hour Online Training. Good luck and stay safe!

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