OSHA Official Position on Online Only Training
OSHA’S OFFICIAL POSITION ON “ONLINE-ONLY” BASIC FIRST AID & CPR Training
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes interpretation letters as an official response to written questions about compliance with the federal agency’s standards and regulations. Their purpose is to provide further clarification on how a particular provision in an OSHA standard is enforced. Given the explosion of completely online basic first aid and CPR training with “instant certification” (training without hands-on skill practice or assessment by a qualified instructor) that is rapidly spreading across the Internet, ASHI asked for an interpretation letter on the issue from the OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs in 2011. Due to the threat to public health and safety that completely online basic first aid and CPR training represents, ASHI (as well as the National Safety Council) has made every effort to publicize this important interpretation letter. Recently, this effort was significantly enhanced when OSHA finally published the letter on their public website this month. Now anyone, anywhere, who wonders whether or not completely online “certification” in basic first aid and CPR is an acceptable practice for meeting OSHA regulations will have direct access to the unequivocal answer; “No”.
Read the official ruling here: