Explanation of requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and other related federal and state legislation as applied to the building construction industry. Standards for accident prevention, hazard identification, and responsibility for compliance emphasized. Offered: A.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and other related federal and state legislation as applied to the building construction industry. Standards for accident prevention, hazard identification, and responsibility for compliance emphasized. Offered: A.
Student learning goals
Navigate the OSHA website to research safety standards for various construction processes by topic or index number. Be able to evaluate a subcontractor's safety record with information provided online.
Realize the importance for safety in construction. Understand the true costs of an injury and how it can affect the bottom line for a contractor or owner. You will be able to estimate the costs of minor to serious incidents.
You will be able to initiate an accident investigation and document the facts for the project records and OSHA requirements. You will begin to determine the root cause of the accident and recommend changes to prevent it from happening again.
You will be able to create a Job Hazard Analysis for each phase of work on a construction project. This would also include specific hazards as Fall Protection Plans, excavation slope analysis and Hazard Analysis for Personal Protection Equipment.
You should be able to inspect any phase of construction work we have covered and address hazards to compile a list for correction.
You should be able to develop a Project Specific Safety Plan or IIPP for any type of construction project.
General method of instruction
Every Tuesday there will be a conference call for a class lecture. I will cover the Class Lessons each week and discuss the corresponding OSHA codes, statistics and construction methods. The call will be recorded and available for playback the following day.
Each of you has a variety of construction experience in this class. Weekly you should read the OSHA code section related to that construction topic. I have added additional links to OSHA website for your review. One resource is the PowerPoints I use for teaching the OSHA 10 Hour classes. There is another link for safety videos relating to safety topics. These can help you understand methods of construction systems you may not be familiar with.
Class assignments and grading
Construction is a team effort. You may work for the general contractor, architect or owner but 80% of the work is performed by specialty trades. Each of you has expertise in various types of construction. The Discussion Forum is your opportunity to review the weekly topic and discuss with other students the potential hazards and recommend methods to prevent injuries. The weekly assignment is typically a Job Hazard Analysis developed for each phase of work and a specific section for your Site Safety Plan. Final sections will be included in your Site Specific Safety Plan. Quizzes are used to monitor your progress. A Site Specific Safety Plan is your final project and will be submitted at the end as a complete plan.
The weekly assignment consists of a Job Hazard Analysis developed for each phase of work and a related section for your Site Safety Plan. Quizzes are self graded and are part of your grade.
The Discussion Forum is your opportunity to review the weekly topic and discuss with other students. You should give your response to the question or comment on another studentís response to be graded. A Site Specific Safety Plan is your final project and will be submitted at the end as a complete plan. This is the greatest portion of your grade.
Grading is subjective depending on the amount of effort you put into your work. Brief JHA's without any details or forum responses of "I agree" will not be graded very highly.