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Walking and Working Surfaces Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Different Types of Training on Walking-Working Surfaces

Our regulation-aligned Walking and Working 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, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

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

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

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

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What’s in the Walking and Working Surfaces Training Course?

Our Walking & Working Surfaces Safety Training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. This class contains sections on outdoor and indoor surfaces, prevention, accident profiles, and more.

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.

While this training encompasses many important safety standards, you will still need to familiarize yourself with any other federal, state, and local standards that apply to your specific workplace.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Walking & Working Surfaces Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.21 Subpart D – Walking-Working Surfaces
  • Canada Standards

  • CLC 2.14 (1) (2) (3)
  • CLC 3.14 & 3.15
  • British Columbia, OHS 4.39-4.41
  • Saskatchewan, Part IX Section 124,189,195
  • Yukon Part 1.51 (1)(2)(3)

    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 regulation-aligned 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 Walking & Working Surfaces Safety Training?

    Regulations make it very clear that any employees working in or around slip, trip, and fall hazards must be trained (no matter how long they’ve been on the job). The standards also state that the employer is responsible for overseeing employee safety training and evaluating the permit space program in order to confirm that the employees have the understanding, knowledge, and skills needed for safe confined space entry operations.

    When it comes to refresher 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.

    Stay Informed On All Things Walking and Working Surfaces

    Did You Know?

    In 2013, nearly 600 workers died in falls from a higher level.

    That same year, approximately 47,000 suffered time-lost injuries due to slip, trips, and falls.

    More than 6.8 million people were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries in 2019. (Source: National Safety Council).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the most common type of accident in general industry?

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    Slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of these kinds of accidents. They are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities, and they cause 15% of all accidental deaths in general industry. (University of Iowa)

    How can slip, trip, and fall accidents be prevented?

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    These types of accidents can generally be avoided by paying attention to work surroundings, keeping walkways clear, and using guardrails.

    What types of conditions can make a working surface unsafe?

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    Walking and working surfaces should be free of snow and ice, spills or leaks, unsecured objects, loose boards, etc. These surfaces should be inspected regularly and kept clear and in good condition.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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