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Course 833 - Developing a Construction Safety Management System

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Modules: 10
Hours: 8
Sector: Construction

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Course 833 Developing a Construction Safety Management System

Key Topics

  • What is a CSMS?
  • CSMS Design, Development, and Deployment
  • The 5 STARS of Leadership and Commitment
  • Successful Safety Cultures
  • Worker Instruction and Training
  • Employee Involvement and Construction Safety Committees
  • Developing Vision and Mission Statements
  • Controlling Worksite Hazards
  • Management Roles and Responsibilities
  • Managing Subcontractors
  • Worksite Inspection, Analysis, and Evaluation
  • Continuous Quality and Safety Improvement
  • Writing Policies, Programs, Processes, Procedures, Work Practices, and Rules

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Contractor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Course Introduction

Despite its high fatality rate, construction can be a safe occupation when workers are aware of the hazards, and use an effective Construction Safety Management System (CSMS).

OSHA's construction standards require construction employers to have accident prevention programs that provide for frequent and regular inspection of the jobsites, materials, and equipment by competent persons designated by the employers.

An effective construction safety management system makes all the difference in preventing injuries and illnesses in the worksite. The result is lower accident-related costs. Other benefits include reduced absenteeism, lower turnover, higher productivity, and improved employee morale. And it's the right thing to do.

This course highlights the requirements in the updated standard for excavation and trenching operations, provides methods for protecting employees against cave-ins, and describes safe work practices for employees. A necessary first step in planning the approach to any trenching or other excavation project is to understand what could go wrong. This understanding can help avoid many of the problems associated with excavation.

Safety does pay

A good way to begin the creation of an effective construction safety management system (CSMS) is to determine which standards and rules apply to the work being performed by your company. Construction employers should be in compliance with OSHA's construction standards within CFR 29 1926, Construction.

The “3D” Process of the CSMS

Using the 3D model, the CSMS is implemented in three phases:

  1. The Design Phase – The employer designs vision and mission statements, goals, objectives, roles, and responsibilities.
  2. The Development Phase – The employer develops policies, plans, programs, processes, procedures and practices.
  3. The Deployment Phase – The employer deploys the CSMS to everyone through instruction, training, feedback, CSMS analysis and evaluation, and continuous Improvement.

We’ll discuss each of the three phases and the components of each phase throughout the course.

Hopefully, management in your company will be convinced that the 3D model will work to create a world-class CSMS and culture that is both efficient and effective in preventing and controlling hazards. Let’s continue by discussing what you’ll need to do to create that world-class CSMS using the 3D model.

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To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Setting the Foundation
  2. 3D Process: Design
  3. 3D Process: Develop
  4. Policies and Processes
  5. Procedures and Practices
  6. 3D Process: Deploy
  7. Worksite Analysis
  8. Controlling Worksite Hazards
  9. Managing Subcontractors
  10. Improving the CSMS

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Course 833 Final Exam

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  • Construction Industry - OSHA
  • Construction Industry Safety and Health E-Tool - OSHA
  • Recommended Practices in Construction, OSHA
  • Field Operation Manuel, OSHA
  • OSHA Training Guidelines

Additional Resources

  • Construction Glossary
  • Injury Data and Statistics
  • SLIDERULE for Buildings