Course 618 Managing Safety and Health: Construction

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Modules: 3
Hours: 2
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 618 Managing Safety and Health in Construction

Key Topics

  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Contractor Safety
  • Worksite Analysis
  • Hazard Controls
  • Training

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



Construction is a high hazard industry that has a wide range of activities involving alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential and commercial building construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs.

Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.

This course is an introduction to the Construction Safety Management System (CSMS), working with contractors, and worksite analysis.

The information, tools, and resources provided in this course are designed to help you, whether you're a worker or an employer, to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards.

Like all construction companies, you need to tailor your CSMS to your own specific work operations and work environments.

An effective safety culture and CSMS have the following primary elements:

  • leadership and accountability
  • involvement and communications
  • worksite analysis
  • hazard identification, prevention, and control
  • education and training
  • evaluation and continuous improvement

The standards apply to:

  • All contractors who enter into contracts which are for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating.
  • All subcontractors who agree to perform any part of the labor or material requirements of a contract.
  • All suppliers who furnish any supplies or materials, if the work involved is performed on or near a construction site, or if the supplier fabricates the goods or materials specifically for the construction project, and the work can be said to be a construction activity.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - CSMS Basics

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Define and identify components of a successful safety culture.
  • Define and discuss the characteristics of safety commitment and leadership.
  • Describe the four primary components of a construction safety management system (CSMS).
  • List and give examples of the four categories of employers on construction sites.
  • Discuss employer and supervisor responsibilities on construction sites.
  • List and describe safety programs for accountability, training, and hazard controls.
  • Describe how an effective CSMS benefits productivity and profitability.

Module 2 - Working with Contractors

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the importance of planning before the construction project begins.
  • Discuss the importance of Pre-Bid, Pre-Mobilization, and weekly safety meetings.
  • Discuss important safety criteria for selecting contractors.
  • Describe how DART, TCIR, and EMR data is used in selecting contractors.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities for project engineers, head contractors, and safety representatives.
  • Discuss employer options when confronted with contractor non-compliance.
  • Discuss important multi-employer communication and coordination criteria.

Module 3 - Worksite Analysis

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • List and describe the five primary processes for construction worksite analysis.
  • Discuss the importance of the comprehensive baseline survey.
  • List and give examples of hazards and exposure to hazards on the construction site.
  • Identify the five primary categories of hazards in construction.
  • Describe the importance of the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA).
  • Describe the four primary categories of worksite change analysis.
  • Describe the importance of conducting safety inspections.
  • Give examples of the five "Hierarchy of Controls" hazard control strategies.
  • Describe Deming's PDSA cycle for continually improving hazard controls.

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Course 618 Final Exam

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  1. Recommended Practices in Construction - OSHA
  2. Field Operation Manuel - OSHA
  3. Construction E-Tool- OSHA
  4. OSHA Training Guidelines - OSHA
  5. Injury Data and Statistics - CDC
  6. The ABCs of Construction Safety - OR-OSHA

Additional Resources

  1. Construction Glossary - OSHA
  2. SLIDERULE for Buildings
  3. The ABCs of Construction Safety - OR-OSHA