Here are some answers to common questions. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, contact us.
What are the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils, Inc. (ARSC) and reciprocity?
ARSC Member councils are councils whose training meet the standards set for certain non-site-specific courses, such as Basic Plus. These courses are transferable from one member council to another. Trainees do not have to retake a transferable course if he or she has passed the course within the year at an ARSC Member council. For more information on ARSC and a list of Member councils and transferable courses, visit the ARSC website at www.arsc.net
When do you open and when can I take classes?
Monday thru Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phillips 66 Sweeny Lab
Monday thru Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Basic Orientation Plus is offered at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Freeport Location only. All Site Specific Training is Computer Based Training (CBT) Format. CBT courses available Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (must begin test early enough to complete by closing time).
What do I do if I have lost my BSC badge?
To get a replacement, bring a proper ID to the BSC check-in window. The charge is $10.00 cash or $13.00 with a debit or credit card.
I've lost my ID. Can I still come to class?
We require a state or government-issued picture ID, including a State Driver License, U.S. Territories Driver License, State or Federal Identification Card, State or Federal Inmate Card (includes County & Municipality), Military Identification, TWIC card, or a valid passport that contains a current photo.
I was supposed to come in for training this morning, but missed class. Can you reschedule me?
BSC registrations are active for three calendar days or until they are canceled by the registering company. Failure to attend training or cancel within the 3 days will result in the company being billed for a “no-show.”
Do you take special requests or offer by-appointment courses?
Some courses are not held regularly, but are available by appointment with a minimum number of students required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I have personnel who have an English comprehension problem. Can we send someone to help them with the test?
Per our owner facilities, we are obligated to test according to their requirements. Only plant representatives can make exceptions to these requirements. You must ask them to email email@example.com permitting BSC to test “with assistance” before registering your personnel. The verbal assistance must be given by a company employee.
Do you have any study materials we can use to prepare our employees for your safety tests?
There is a study guide available for the ARSC Basic Safety Plus course required by most owner facilities. This can be found at https://www.arsc.net/basic-orientation-plus. We do not furnish any material to prep your employees for testing here.
What courses do my employees need to have to enter a specific site?
Minimum site requirements can be found on our website www.bsctx.org. It is recommended that you reach out to your site point of contact to verify if there are any job-specific training requirements.
I'm scheduled for an instructor led class and cannot make it. Will my company be charged for the class if I don't attend?
All instructor led classes (except Basic Plus) must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid being charged the full cost of the course.
Can I have my cell phone with me?
Cell phone use is not allowed in the lab. Cell phones must be turned off or on silent mode. Cell phone or smart watch use, for any purpose, will result in dismissal from the computer testing lab at all BSC locations for 24 hours.
ID Requirement FAQs
Do I have to provide my social security number for training?
A social security number is required in order for a reciprocal Basic Orientation Plus or Basic Orientation Plus Refresher by the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils (ARSC). This requirement is to ensure that the training history can be verified by other ARSC safety councils. Basic Plus can, however, can be delivered with a non-reciprocal course code to foreign nationals or anyone who does not want to provide their social security number. Some trainees prefer to provide their social security number to facilitate reciprocal training records and to have one consolidated identifier to be used for background checks, training, and drug and alcohol testing. Providing the social security number during the initial trainee setup ensures that all of these records can follow the trainee regardless of the service provider. There are site-specific courses that require a social security verification or background check that would require the trainee to provide their social security number. BSC issues a BSC ID number to every person trained at our facility. This BSC ID number appears in clear text on our badge and is encoded in the barcode which is located on the bottom and back of the badge. This barcode is used by Gatecheck software to validate training or can be used by our Link registration system. The social security number does not appear on our badge in any way.
What type of identification does BSC accept?
We require a state or government-issued picture ID. US driver’s license or identification card, US military ID, Department of Corrections card, or international passport. You must present ID every time you are trained at BSC.