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Snow Removal 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 is an OSHA Competent Presentation the you can present yourself to 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 Snow Removal safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.
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.

Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 3 – 3.5 hours.

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA General Duty Clause
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D – Walking-Working Surfaces
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart J – General Environmental Controls
  • 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles
  • Canada Standards

  • ANSI/ASCA A1000-2014 – System Requirements for Snow and Ice Management Services
  • ANSI B71.3-2005 – Snow Throwers
  • ISO 8437-3:2019 – Snow Throwers – Safety Requirements and Test Procedures – Ride-On Snow Throwers
  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • 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 OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, OSHA’s standard 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.

    Stay Informed On All Things

    Did You Know?

    There are more than 500 snowblower amputations each year.

    There are an average of 1,300 deaths related to hypothermia a year. (Source: CDC).

    Nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet. (Source: DOT).

    Snow Removal Training Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the safety precautions for shoveling snow?

    Proper ergonomics are necessary for safe snow shoveling. Keep your knees bent and your back straight, and make sure that you lift with your legs. You should also lift smaller portions of snow at once than you would think. If you are not physically active, do a warm-up exercise before snow shoveling, or avoid shoveling altogether.

    How do you plow snow safely?

    Be mindful of everything that is around you. Pedestrians, other vehicles, and road-side objects like mailboxes all present hazards to snow removal vehicles. Know the size of your plow and avoid plowing too closely to hazards. Additionally, you should follow all traffic laws and regulations. When driving, maintain a distance of at least three vehicle lengths between yourself and other vehicles, and drive more slowly than you normally would.

    What is one special danger of a snowplow?

    Snowplow operators frequently operate specifically during dark, cold, and icy conditions. This is compounded with long hours and early call times. Operator stress and fatigue can lead to inattentiveness, which in turn can lead to disaster. Snowplow operators must ensure that they get adequate sleep and take breaks whenever needed.

    Is black ice really black?

    Black ice is actually translucent, so it is almost impossible to see it on roadways. Instead, it appears slippery and shiny. This hazard is one of the reasons that snow removal operators must drive slowly and cautiously. Make sure that all tires are clean and have sufficient tread to keep you safe while you operate.

    Is a Safety Data Sheet required for material spreaders?

    Yes. Anti-ice or de-icing substances contain chemicals that can be hazardous if misused. A Safety Data Sheet mitigates these dangers by detailing how to use the chemicals, as well as how to respond if an incident occurs.

    Is carbon monoxide a greater danger in the winter?

    Because more doors and windows are closed in the winter, carbon monoxide becomes a greater risk. Remember that you should never run a machine in an unventilated area, even for a short time. Also, make sure that you are keeping the exhaust of your vehicle free from snow build-up. A clogged exhaust will not be able to release carbon monoxide and will cycle it back into the vehicle.

    What is the main cause of death when shoveling snow

    Heart attack. Cold weather constricts your arteries, causing your heart to work harder to keep blood pumping. This is why it is so important that you don’t overdo it while shoveling snow. Wear warm, moisture-wicking and wind-resistant clothing to help keep your body temperature regulated.
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