Training Schedule

EM-385-1-1 (v.2014) + OSHA 30 Training

The Federal Government requires contractors to comply with EM385-1-1 Safety and Health requirements training before any work is performed on military jobsites. There is no official approval process for EM385-1-1 training programs, However; contracting employees must complete this health and safety training. GENI’s EM385-1-1 Health & Safety training course easily meets and exceeds the standards for the federal government requirements.

This class is taught by very talented, motivated, and experienced instructors with hands-on experience whom can share “real life” scenarios. According to Global Environmental Network, Inc.’s mission statement for the class is: “The student becomes very comfortable with code research, enforcement, and compliance.” There is no room for mistakes in this industry!!! Safety is a non-negotiable item that can never be compromised.

The Global Environmental Network, Inc. printed USACE EM385-1-1 manual prescribes the safety and health requirements for all Corps of Engineers activities and operations.

The following response is from NAVFAC’s Safety Program Manager, Mr. Tony Militello, on July 06, 2011: "It is not our practice, policy, nor desire to approve or accept specific vendors that provide the safety training. It is the policy that a contractor presenting a certificate of training completion from ANY vendor having that certificate accepted as having met the contract requirement to have completed a specific training course. As point of note, the training in question is an awareness training that is intended to do specifically that - make contractors (more) aware/enlightened of the content of the EM-385-1-1, Safety and Health Manual, the compliance with which is already a contract requirement.”

This 40-hour, 8 hour/day for 5 days course was developed by the staff of experts from Global Environmental Network, Inc. (GENI) specifically designed for NAVFAC; Army Corp; Air Force; NASA; and US Coast Guard facilities construction contracts.

GENI’s goal is to provide the students with a better understanding of:

  • Contractor’s responsibility for initiating and maintaining a safety and health program that complies with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and to run a hazard free job with a major role in safety oversight.
  • Skills in program management, hazard recognition, and accident prevention. -Inspection enforcement and code recognition skills to identify, prevent, and correct construction site safety and health hazards
  • A foundational knowledge base to adequately review and assess contractor Accident Prevention Plans (APP) and Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA)
  • Skills to perform mishap investigations, proper documentation, and implementation of EM385-1-1 safety and health requirements.
  • EM 385-1-1 MANUAL AND GENI EM 385-1-1 WORKBOOK INCLUDED IN TRAINING This course uses classroom instruction, audio and visual aids, some live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and site inspections. Students will have practical experience completing hazard recognition scenarios, JHA’s, AHA’s, and APP’s.

This course meets and/or exceeds the requirements of the Unified Facilities Guide Specification (2010) 01 35 26 for Key Contractor Personnel. Course Length: Four 10-Hour Days.

The topic of EM385-1-1 Safety and Health requirements is not just another set of regulations the federal government has come up with to frustrate and confuse contractors. The Department of Defense has mandated that EM385-1-1 Safety & Health requirements be the book of choice for the safety parameters on all construction projects. If you are an eager contractor bidding for NAVFAC projects, then you must complete the EM385-1-1 course to receive a certificate. These general safety requirements are enforced by the federal government for a “Zero Tolerance” standard on construction hazard injuries and deaths. Here at Global Environmental Network, Inc., we teach the student at an in-depth level about EM385-1-1, and how to use the manual in great detail. Our focus and main priority is the student learning the subject matter and becoming very comfortable with the material by the end of the 40-hour course.

While the EM-385 regulations match up well with OSHA rules in the Construction Safety Orders for the most part, experienced safety professionals can easily overlook the differences in specific requirements. That’s why the Department of Defense requires proof of training that covers the use of the USACE Safety and Health Requirements Manual. This is the main reason as to why we are offering this course.

Our approach is based on the principle that new information can be absorbed more readily by starting from familiar territory – the OSHA Construction Safety Orders. Our combined course follows the standard 10-Hour OSHA Construction Outreach Program and connects the dots by discussing specific points of difference as each topic is being covered.


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EM-385 is NOT a new model of diesel-electric car! It is the Safety & Health Requirements Manual published by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for DoD projects, and it is serious business. The requirements in the USACE EM-385-1-1 Manual are MANDATORY for contractors who work on military installations. If you hope to ;profit by performing contract work on Department of Defense property, you need to be thoroughly familiar with this manual. At first glance, it looks a lot like the OSHA 29CFR Part 1926 regulations for construction. In fact, it is a lot like it, but there are differences in some details, and the Devil is truly in the DETAILS. You are unlikely to win a contract in the first place if you have not at least met the administrative requirements for safety plans; activity hazard analyses; hazard communication requirements; and a small mountain of other paperwork. However, having met all of these, you can still find yourself in serious trouble if you overlooked the differences between Part 1926 and EM-385 in those critical details. A contracting officer can stop your work if noncompliance with one or more of those little details is determined to be a contract 8violation, and the penalty for late completion may be $2,000 a day.

The administrative end of these projects is a much bigger deal than what you might expect. A Project-specific Accident Prevention Plan (APP) must be submitted on request, and you can lose the contract if it is judged to be inadequate. They want something much more detailed than the basic Incident & Injury Prevention Plan (IIPP) we are all required to maintain under Cal/OSHA requirements. They want real details that specifically address the risks involved in the activities of the project. This plan must be based on detailed studies of the potential hazards involved in the project. A separate Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) must be conducted for each activity in each phase of the project. Each AHA must provide detailed information on the precautions and control measures to be utilized for each identified hazard. The EM-385 manual goes into great detail about these and other planning and safety management issues. If you fail to address all of the elements, your plan (and you) will likely be rejected.

After clearing these rather formidable hurdles, you start the job and sometimes get into worse trouble. While the EM-385 regulations match up well with OSHA rules in the Construction Safety Orders for the most part, experienced safety professionals can easily overlook the differences in specific requirements. That’s why the Department of Defense requires proof of training that covers the use of the USACE Safety and Health Manual. And that’s why we are offering this course.

Our approach is based on the principle that new information can be absorbed more readily by starting from familiar territory – the OSHA Construction Safety Orders. Our combined course follows the standard 10-Hour OSHA Construction Outreach Program and connects the dots by discussing specific points of difference as each topic is being covered.

Our approach is based on the principle that new information can be absorbed more readily by starting from familiar territory – the OSHA Construction Safety Orders. Our combined course follows the standard 10-Hour OSHA Construction Outreach Program and connects the dots by discussing specific points of difference as each topic is being covered. HERE'S WHAT THE LATEST (2014) EDITION OF THE EM-385 MANUAL SAYS ABOUT ONE ELEMENT OF THE APP: RESPONSIBILITIES AND LINES OF AUTHORITIES. Provide the following:

Here's What the Latest (2014) Edition of the EM-385 Manual Says About One Element of the APP

Responsibilities and Lines of Authories. Provide the following:

*A statement of the employer’s ultimate responsibility for the implementation of his SOH program; Identification and accountability of personnel responsible for safety at both corporate and project level. Contracts specifically requiring safety or industrial hygiene personnel shall include a copy of their resumes.

*The names of Competent and/or Qualified Person(s) and proof of competency/ qualification to meet specific OSHA Competent/Qualified Person(s) requirements must be attached. The District SOHO will review the qualifications for acceptance.

*Requirements that no work shall be performed unless a designated competent person is present on the job site.

*Requirements for pre-task safety and health analysis.

*Lines of authority.

*Policies and procedures regarding noncompliance with safety requirements (to include disciplinary actions for violation of safety requirements) should be identified.

*Provide written company procedures for holding managers and supervisors accountable for safety.


Qualifications shall inculde the OSHA-30 Hour course or equvalent course areas as listed here:

*OSH Act/General Duty Clause

*29 CFR 1904, Recordkeeping

*Subpart C: General Safety and Health Provisions, Competent Person

*Subpart D: Occupational Health and Environmental Controls, Citations and Safety Programs

*Subpart E: PPE, types and requirements for use

*Subpart F: understanding fire protection in the workplace

*Subpart K: Electrical

*Subpart M: Fall Protection

*Rigging, welding and cutting, scaffolding, excavations, concrete and masonry, demolition; health hazards in construction, materials handling, storage and disposal, hand and power tools, motor vehicles, mechanized equipment, marine operations, steel erection, stairways and ladders, confined spaces or any others that are applicable to the work being performed.

EM-385 Information

Who Needs This Course, and Why?

There are several categories of project personnel who must provide documentation of training on the EM-385 Manual.  Project Managers, Safety Managers, and Site Safety Officers must have current OSHA cards for the 30-Hour Outreach Program PLUS at least 10 hours of class on EM-385.  Some facilities require the OSHA 30 for all site personnel; others require it only for key safety supervisors.  All require the OSHA 10 as a minimum.  And all facilities require compliance with EM-385.  Familiarity with the critical differences is beneficial for all personnel and crucial for foremen and supervisors who will be enforcing your safety program. 

What Will You Learn?

The focus of the course is two-fold.  The core is the OSHA 10-Hour Construction curriculum, including coverage of the topics listed above.  Differences between the EM-385 Manual and the OSHA Construction Safety Orders are discussed during each topic.  You will learn about the 10 specific areas listed in the MINIMUM BASIC OUTLINE FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION PLANS provided in Appendix A of EM-385. These must be addressed in considerable detail.  The Activity Hazard Analysis requirements are also very demanding.  The AHAs become the foundation of a properly constructed APP.  Our workshop provides a framework for developing AHAs and using them to build the APP.   A copy of the latest edition of the EM-385-1-1 Manual is included in the course material. 

More About The AHA

EM-385, 01.A.13: Contractor-Required AHA. “Before beginning each work activity involving a type of work presenting hazards not experienced in previous project operations or where a new work crew or subcontractor is to perform the work, the Contractor(s) performing that work activity shall prepare an AHA.”  The AHA must define the activities and identify the work sequences, specific hazards, site conditions, equipment, materials and control measures for each activity.  This is somewhat more involved than what many of you may be used to doing.  Remember that this will serve as the foundation of your APP, and without a strong foundation, developing an acceptable plan will be difficult.

Training and EM-385

EM-385 is much more specific regarding qualifications of trainers, content and frequency of training, and documentation of meetings.  Each AHA should be reviewed with everyone who is involved in or affected by the activity.  How often must you conduct training for the various categories of personnel?  What about initial training? EM-385 is more specific than either OSHA or Cal/OSHA on these issues.


OSHA requires “frequent and regular” inspections.  EM-385 is more specific.  The competent person must be identified, and daily inspections are stipulated, plus your plan must include a timetable for corrective action, which must also be included in the inspection reports.


Stephen Horner

Stephen Horner posses over 27 years of emergency response, hazardous materials emergency response, terrorism liaison officer, emergency manager, communications manager, training officer, underground storage tank inspector, contaminated site remediation specialist, multi- incident multi-command management, office administration, billing, and scheduling experience. His experience extends in public safety which includes serving as a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team Specialist for 24 years, Training Officer, Hazardous Materials Program Manager, Emergency Operations Manager, Acting Battalion Chief, and a EH&S Content Development Manager.  He holds a Masters Degree in Emergency Services, a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Studies, and (4) additional degrees including Fire Officer/Chief Officer/Fire Technology Public Fire Service/Fire Technology- Hazardous s Materials.  Mr. Horner teaches at Santa Ana College in Fire Technology, including ICS.  He also has experience as a Training Officer offering courses in Emergency Response, Hazardous Materials, ICS, Captains / Engineers / Firefighters / Reserve Firefighters Academy Training, Respiratory Training, Wild land & High-Rise firefighting and more. 

Mr. Horner developed the curriculum and training program for the Fire Academies, and a member of the State Fire Training Fire Officer Curriculum Committee developing course materials for company officers responding to hazardous materials incidents. Mr. Horner was also responsible for training and supervising Inspectors and Environmental Remediation Specialists for the Underground Storage Tank Division. He holds twenty one years experience as a Hazardous Materials/Hazwoper Instructor, EM385-1-1 Instructor, Site Safety Officer, and a Fire Technology Instructor.  He has attended the National Fire Academy on two occasions for Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices. Stephen also attended Texas Engineering Training School for Hazardous Materials Emergency response for Unified Command of Terrorist Incidents. He manages Global Environmental Network’s Content Development Team, developing Environmental Health & Safety manuals for clients nation-wide, creating, developing and customizing project programs to meet client needs. In addition, he leads and supports his team in monitoring the progress of a project and applies GENI’s Benchmark of Excellence methodology while enforcing project standards to meet client expectations.

Bruce Lokkesmoe

Bruce Lokkesmoe has been actively involved in the EH&S profession since 1975. During that time he has worked for both distributors and manufacturers of technical safety and environmental products. He is currently the EH&S Specialist and primary instructor for GENI. His duties include developing, updating, and editing training material for a wide variety of Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance courses. He also has prepared Site Specific Health & Safety Plans, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Sampling & Analysis Plans, and performed Work Area Monitoring services involving environmental and health risks such as potential exposure to airborne hazards of asbestos, lead, hydrocarbons, pesticides, and PCBs, to name a few. He is OSHA 500 and CPESC Certified, and is an OSHA 30 Outreach Instructor. He has developed a thorough understanding of the California Safety and Environmental regulations.

Drake Muat

Mr. Muat is President and Director of Training for Global Environmental Network, Inc. He and his partner started Global Environmental Network, Inc. in 1992 as a health and safety training organization with sells of $200.00. He has grown the company into a multimillion dollar company servicing more than 200 clients in the areas of private and public construction and State and Local Public Works.

Mr. Muat is a Retired Fire Captain. He gained his strong management skill during his employment in Newport Beach, CA as a Fire Captain where he completed his training under the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, Hazardous Materials Section, IC and ID. He established the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team for the City of Newport Beach, CA, and assisted in developing their Emergency Response Plan. In addition he has chaired the first committee to write the Emergency Response Plan for the County of Orange, CA. Prior to becoming the Captain of the Hazardous Materials team Muat was a Paramedic Coordinator where he experienced hands on medical emergencies and provided training in CPR and First Aid. He has served as Operation Chief for the following major incidents: Oil Well fires; Electroplating fires; Airline fires and large wild land fires. Mr. Muat is a Subject Mater Expert (SME) in all levels of Federal and State EPA, DOT and OSHA emergency properness programs.