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Snowplow Operator Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or CSA.

We Offer Three Differnt Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Training Course?

Our Snowplow training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy and components, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the basic anatomy and components of dump-truck-mounted snowplows. This will include an explanation of the importance of pre-shift inspections and common problems to look for while inspecting your plow before each use. Next, we will discuss safe snowplow operating procedures.

Next, we will discuss safe snowplow operating procedures. This will cover principles such as how to prepare your plow and spreader for use, how to carefully travel to and from a worksite, how to safely operate your plow and spreader, and how to store the plow after use.
Lastly, we will go over common hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities and how to prevent, avoid, or minimize them. To reinforce the importance of following safe operations and to identify these hazards before operating a snowplow, we will provide case studies based on true accident profiles.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA. Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.132 – Personal Protective Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling
  • CFR 383.91- Commercial motor vehicle groups
  • CFR 390.21- Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment
  • CFR 395.8 – Driver’s record of duty status
  • CFR 396.11- Driver vehicle inspection report(s)
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPES, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
  • CSA Z94.3.1-16 – Guideline for selection, use and care of eye and face protectors
  • CSA Z96-15 – High Visibility Apparel
  • CSA Z617-06 – PPE
  • Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training and other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific OSHA training requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher health and safety training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

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    Did You Know?

    According to statistics from the Iowa Department of Transportation, there are an average of 46 snowplow-related accidents each year

    The first snowplows were created in 1862 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It consisted of a wooden wedge mounted onto a horse-drawn cart. (Source: National Snow & Ice Data Center).

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