Basic Orientation Plus® & Basic Orientation Plus-Refresher® & Additional Programs

ARSC was created to address the need for uniform and consistent training of contract workers in the petrochemical plant environment. Our programs are now used in many industrial environments. We currently have twenty-three members within our organization and several of those have multiple locations. We anticipate continued growth with our membership in the near future as many membership inquiries continue coming in from across the country. This growth is important to organization and the industries we serve, but growth for the sake of growth is not our objective. Becoming a member of the Association requires that applicants meet a stringent set of requirements that are designed to assure the organization maintains the credibility and professionalism, which our customer base demands.


ARSC has two specific programs for general safety awareness training that are taught at the member organization locations, Basic Orientation Plus® and Basic Orientation Plus-Refresher®.


The Basic Orientation Plus® reciprocal contractor safety awareness training program was designed to meet the classroom training requirements of the standards listed in the Code of Federal Regulations as enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the components it covers. The following pages of this report contain a chart that highlights what is covered in each of these components and what the employer must cover.


The actual methods of compliance with these standards will depend on the rules, regulations and procedures in effect at each specific refinery or plant worksite.


The components or modules as we call them of the Basic Orientation Plus® program are as follows:

  • Hazard Communication (HazCom) and Chemical Safety
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Electrical Safety Related Work Practices for Non-Qualified Workers
  • Elevated Work
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Excavation, Trenching & Shoring
  • Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  • General Rules & Emergency Response

In addition to these modules many of our members add local enhancements to the program for their specific area. After completion of the classroom training a validated test containing fifty questions is administered and each student must be able to answer at least seventy percent of the questions correctly to be deemed a passing score. This program consists of a newly revised ninety-three minute state-of-the-art video, an instructor’s manual on CD ROM, Power Point Presentation, and a validated bank of test questions and test design template. The total training time for the Basic Orientation Plus® program is approximately four and one half hours including the test.


We also offer an ARSC Study guide as optional curriculum for members that would like to provide an extra resource to those students that may need some extra assistance in preparation for the program or would like some additional information. You may find a copy of this Study Guide in PDF format on the ARSC website and also on many of the ARSC member websites.


Our program is designed to be instructor lead for the first time worker and there is a refresher program that may be administered by an instructor or in computer based training (CBT) format on an annual basis. The Basic Orientation Plus-Refresher® program takes approximately two hours to complete in CBT format.


Both of these programs are reviewed for revisions needed at least annually by the ARSC Curriculum Committee.


I’m sure you are aware that these programs are not meant to relieve contract companies of all training responsibilities. There is always some job specific information that cannot be covered in a classroom or computer based training and must be covered in the field.


We currently have offered nine additional programs to be considered for reciprocity among our membership and anticipate more programs to be reciprocal in the future. These nine programs are: Bloodborne Pathogens, Confined Space, Electrical Safety, Elevated Work, Hazcom, Hearing Conservation, Lockout-Tagout, PSM, and Respiratory Protection.



The purpose of this orientation is to inform the new contractor employee of general safety rules, regulations, practices, and principles associated with the construction and contract maintenance/services industry, as well as, re-informing and updating the experienced employee. This course will qualify as an OSHA mandated orientation. The following topics are covered in this orientation:


Introduction to Basic Orientation Plus

  • Introduce and view “General Safety” Video
  • Review course topics.
  • Smoking rules.
  • Plant entry and security.
  • Accident Reports.
  • Problems and doubts-importance asking and informing your supervisor.
  • Personal safety considerations.

Hazard Communication

  • Introduce and view “Hazard Communication” Video.
  • Describe the “Right-to-Know” Law under OSHA regulations.
  • Define Hazardous Material.
  • Describe methods of recognizing hazards.
  • Explain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’)
  • Discuss Marking and Labeling for Hazardous Materials.
  • Describe the NFPA and HMIS methods for labeling.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Introduce and view “Personal Protective Equipment” Video.
  • Controlling Hazards.
  • Assessment and Selection.
  • Selection and fitting guidelines.
  • Devices and Adjustable Features.
  • Reassessment of Hazards.
  • Cleaning and Maintenance.

Respiratory Protection

  • Introduce and View “Respiratory Protection” Video.
  • OSHA and NIOSH requirements.
  • Respiratory Hazards.
  • Types of respirators.
  • Fitting the respirator.

Hearing Conservation

  • Introduce an View “Hearing Conservation” Video.
  • Effects of noise and the way we hear.
  • Symptoms of Exposure.
  • OSHA Hearing and Conservation Standard.
  • Monitoring and Audiometric Testing.
  • Administrative & Engineering Controls.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.

Electrical Safe-Work Practices

  • Introduce and view “Electrical safety related work practices for the non-qualified worker” Video.
  • Causes of Electrical Accidents.
  • Unsafe Work Practices.
  • Energized and De-energized equipment.
  • Lockout/Tagout procedures.
  • Working on Energized Circuits Safely.
  • Overhead Line Safety.
  • Energized parts General Safety Considerations.
  • Safe work Practices for Portable Electrical Equipment.

Elevated Work

  • Introduce and View ” Elevated Work Surfaces” Video.
  • Hazards of Elevated Work.
  • Employer/Employee responsibilities.
  • Types of Fall Protection Systems.
  • Scaffold User Safety.
  • Scaffold Inspection.
  • Ladder Safety.
  • Training Requirements.

Process Safety Management

  • Introduce and View ” Process Safety Management” Video.
  • Introduction to Process Safety Management.
  • Employee Involvement.
  • Process Safety Information.
  • Process Hazard Analysis.(PHA)
  • Operating Procedures and Practices.
  • Employee Training.
  • Contractors.
  • Pre-Startup Safety.
  • Mechanical Integrity.
  • Non-routine Work Authorizations.
  • Managing Change.
  • Investigation of Incidents.
  • Emergency Preparedness.
  • Compliance Audits.

General Rules and Emergency Response

  • Introduce and View ” General Rules and Emergency Response” Video
  • Owner/Employer Responsibilities.
  • Employee Responsibilities.
  • Accident Reporting and Emergency Notifications.
  • Controlled Substance Policies.
  • Permits and Work Authorizations.
  • Job site Maintenance and Housekeeping.
  • Vehicle and Equipment Rules and Operations.
  • Hand Injuries.
  • Back and Lifting Safety.
  • Fire Prevention.
  • Emergency Action Plans.
  • Alarms and Communications.

Excavation, Trenching and Shoring

Job Hazard Analysis/Job Safety Analysis

Review and Testing

  • Question and Answer Period
  • Comprehensive Written Test.