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Who is ARSC?
Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils
What does ARSC do?
ARSC is 29-member organization and growing across the country. ARSC’s mission is to provide to ARSC members world-class safety education, risk management services and resources that are consistent, cost-effective, reciprocal and that conform to regulatory standards and industry accepted practices that will result in a safer world.
Why ARSC?
ARSC programs focus on the needs of industry. The contractors, the facilities and the workers benefit from cost and time savings by the reduction of repetitive training while assuring the quality of the training from council to council. There is also a savings to the ARSC members by reducing the amount of money each individual council must spend to develop their own programs
What is TRCSO?
TRCSO is course code that prints on the TRMA badge representing completion of the T
hree Rivers Contractor Safety Orientation.  TRCSO will be discontinued effective 12/13/2019, but remains valid safety training through its expiration date. 
What is TRCSR?
TRCSR is course code that prints on the TRMA badge representing completion of the Three Rivers Contractor Safety Refresher.  TRCSR will be discontinued effective 12/13/2019, but remains valid safety training through its expiration date. 
What is 28BOP?
280BOP is the course code that will print on the TRMA badges beginning 12/16/19 representing successful completion of the Basic Orientation Plus® (BOP) course offered by TRMA.  Three Rivers is the 28th member of ARSC so courses developed or offered by Three Rivers will begin with “28” (28 Basic Orientation Plus)

What is Basic Orientation Plus (BOP)?
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. For a complete listing of topics: https://arsc.net/basic-orientation-plus
What is the delivery method of Basic Orientation Plus (BOP)?
Basic Orientation Plus® orientation is an instructor-led course that culminates with a 50-question electronic test.
How long is the Basic Orientation Plus (BOP) Class?
The classroom portion is approximately 5-1/2 hours, followed by a 50-question electronic test. Typically, trainees complete the test in approximately 30 minutes, but 90 minutes are allotted before the test will automatically score and end.
When is the BOP Class available?
Beginning 12/16/19 this class will be offered by TRMA Monday – Thursday at 7:30 AM. Class starts promptly at 7:30am.  It is strongly advised, the participates arrive to the center by 7am to complete registration and check-in processing before the start.  Late arrivals may not be admitted. 
What is the BOP course fee?
$58
What is 28BOPR?
28 Basic Orientation Plus Refresher.  28BOPR will print on the TRMA badges beginning 12/16/19 representing successful completion of the Basic Orientation Plus Refresher (BOPR) offered by TRMA. 
What is Basic Orientation Plus Refresher (BOPR)?
BOPR reviews the information provided in the Basic Orientation Plus course for the purpose of re-informing and updating the experienced employee.
What is the delivery method of Basic Orientation Plus Refresher (BOPR)?
BOPR is a self-paced computer-based training module that culminates with a 50-question electronic test.
How long is the BOPR Course?
BOPR is computer-based-training (CBT) is approximately 1-1/2 hours, followed by a 50-question test.  On average, the test requires approximately 30 minutes, but 90 minutes are allotted before the test will automatically score and end.
When is the BOPR Course Available?
Beginning 12/16/19 BOPR will be offered by TRMA Monday – Friday from 6:30 am to 1pm.  
What is the BOPR course fee?
$53
Where else will the 28 prefix be shown?
All TRMA course codes will be transitioned from TR to 28 beginning on December 16th.  So, badges issued after December 16th, will show 28 and the course ID.  Those issued prior to December 16th, reflect the TR (e.g, OLD TRFPCBT becomes 28FPCBT) 
Is there a difference between a TR prefix and 28?
Only the prefix is changing.  The course ID remains the same to reflect the same course.  The 28 assists other councils to recognize your training. 
What is covered in the BOP Course?
See outline and study guide
How can Plants prepare for the updated TRMA training?

  1. Confirm with TRMA that plant will begin accepting BOP vs. CSO as of Dec. 16th
  2. Review service agreements to ensure BOP is an acceptable contractor safety training
  3. Update site security systems and operating procedures acknowledging the new training code (28BOP and 28BOPR vs. TRCSO and TRCSR). Note: TRCSO and TRCSR is valid until individual expiration date. Beginning 12/16/19 contractor orientation will be titled 28BOP and 28BOPR.
  4. Communicate necessary changes to current contractors

How can Contractors prepare for the updated TRMA training?

  1. Review service agreements to ensure BOP/BOPR are acceptable contractor safety training.
  2. Understand site security systems and operating procedures to ensure new training codes will be accepted as of 12/16/19 (28BOP and 28BOPR vs. TRCSO and TRCSR)
  3. Plan for the additional time required (6 – 6 ½ hours) for employees to complete BOP instead of CSO/CSR. NOTE:  Basic Orientation Plus Refresher (BOPR) REQUIRES completion of the Basic Orientation Plus (BOP) course.  (Neither TRCSO or TRCSR are accepted substitutes to meet the requirement.)
  4. Be aware that reciprocal BOP and BOPR require a valid social security number be entered for BOP testing to be allowed. 

How is TRMA becoming an ARSC Council beneficial to Plants and Contractors?
There are several aspects of ARSC membership that is beneficial to both plants and contractors, but most notably is their flagship “Basic Orientation Plus” training. This program was developed to reduce redundant training thereby increasing the effectiveness of training while reducing cost.
Other benefits include an annual updates of training material; comprehensive student guides; shorter annual refresher training resulting is fewer hours training and associated costs.
More scheduling options to complete the training:

  • Monday through Thursday (4 days) offering Basic Orientation Plus (BOP)
  • Basic Orientation Plus Refresher (BOPR) 5 days – offered as open seating when the lab is open. 

What impact will this have on plants and contractors?

  1. Plants need to review service agreements with contractors to ensure BOP is an acceptable contractor safety training.
  2. Plant site security systems and operating procedures may need to be updated to acknowledge the new training code (28BOP and 28BOPR vs. TRCSO and TRCSR).
  3. Contractor employees will be required to complete BOP at least initially. BOPR is only available to people who have completed BOP.
  4. CSO and CSR will no longer be offered after 12/12/19.
  5. TRMA will be closed on Friday 12/13/19 for system conversion and testing.
  6. TRCSO and TRCSR is valid until individual expiration date. Beginning 12/16/19 contractor orientation will be titled 28BOP and 28BOPR.
  7. To align with ARSC standard practices, Expiration dates for BOP and BOPR will be at the end of the month and not the given day.

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