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Work Zone Safety Training & Certification

Our Work Zone safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.


We Offer Three Types of Work Zone Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Work Zone Safety 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 Work Zone Safety Training Course?

Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

  • General Laws & Regulations
  • Safe Practices
  • PPE
  • Equipment & Tools
  • Machinery

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.

Estimated Training Length: 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 2-2.5 hours.

Intended Audience:

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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Work Zone Safety Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA Act of 1970 General Duty Clause
  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.604 – Site Clearing
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA Standard Z96-15: High-Visibility Safety Apparel
  • BC Safety code Section 18.1-18: Traffic Control
  • Alberta Ministry of Transportation- Traffic control standards page
  • Manitoba Infrastructure- 2015 Work Zone Traffic Control Manual
  • Ontario Traffic Council- Book 7 (manual on temporary traffic control)
  • Devices Manual for Work Zones

    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 Work Zone 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 Work Zone Safety

    Did You Know?

    70 workers are injured per day in work-zone crashes across the United States.

    67% of work-related deaths in work zones were construction laborers and heavy equipment drivers. InfsStripe


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a work zone?

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    Work zones are designated areas for employees to work on a project safely. The site may be altered as the work progresses so it is important to have safe practices and regulations that the workers are aware of so they and their equipment can avoid hazards.

    What is the speed limit in work zones?

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    Federal guidelines exist and the average speed in a work zone is between 45 mph and 55 mph. This is to give drivers and workers enough time to react to dangerous situations. There are often signs indicating reduced speed zones ahead of construction zones as well.

    What is the most common accident in a work zone?

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    Rear-end crashes are the most common work zone accident. Both backing work vehicles and suddenly stopped pedestrian vehicles entering the work zone are the greatest threat in a worksite.

    What are work zone signs?

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    All temporary signs in work zones have an orange background and black letters or symbols and tell you what to do, how soon you will encounter the work zone and the speed limit through the work zone. The reduced speed limits are necessary for the safety of the workers and motorists.

    What are the four sections of the work zone?

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    The advance warning area, the transition area, the activity area, and the termination area.

    What is the traffic management plan for?

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    To address the traffic-related impacts of the construction projects in a cost-effective, timely manner with minimal interference to the traveling public through the effective application of traditional and innovative traffic mitigation strategies.


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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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