Trenching Safety

3 modules

Course Length
60 mins

IHSA eLearning



This program is primarily for firms that excavate deeper than 1.2 metres (4 feet). Emphasis is placed on soil types, legislation, and emergency work.

Program Content

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Review of legislation
  • Emergency work
  • Determining soil types
  • Approved shoring/trenching boxes
  • Public safety
  • Use of heavy equipment
  • Locates
  • Underground hazards
  • Work area protection
  • High/low pressure gas mains

Learners will have 2 attempts to complete the final test and must achieve a score of at least 80%.

Navigating the course: 


Upon successful completion participants will be able to: 

  1. Recognize hazards associated with trenching 

  2. Recommend safe trenching practices and procedures 


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate IHSA Record of Training

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