Construction Safety

Course Titles and Descriptions

Aerial Lift Safety

Today we’re going to talk about aerial lift safety. You may know this type of equipment by commonly used names such as “cherry pickers” or “snorkel lifts.” It is any telescoping or articulating device mounted on a vehicle used to elevate or position people. . It includes a platform such as a bucket or basket to carry personnel. Various types of equipment include aerial lifts, and they are often mounted on trucks. Aerial lifts are used in various industries, such as utilities, construction, and tree service. Because aerial lifts can be hazardous, they are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. If you work in aerial lifts or near them on the ground, you need to understand the hazards, the basic regulatory requirements, and the safety work practices that must be followed to prevent accidents and injuries.

Arc Flash Safety: Unqualified Person

This session provides information about arc flash, shock hazards, and best safety practices for “unqualified persons” who work around electrical equipment but who lack the skills, knowledge, and training to work on or near exposed, energized electrical equipment. In this session, we’ll talk about the hazards and risks of working around exposed, energized electrical equipment. We’ll also discuss general safe work practices from the consensus standard, National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, that can help prevent arc flash incidents.

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is a well-known health hazard and is highly regulated. However, this was not always the case. There are numerous materials in existing buildings and structures that contain asbestos and having the ability to recognize them is important. This training session about asbestos awareness is designed for employees who may contact or work near asbestos-containing material (known as ACM), asbestos-containing building material (known as ACBM), or presumed asbestos-containing material (known as PACM), but do not disturb it as part of their normal work activities.

Avoiding Back Injuries

Back injuries are among the most common workplace injuries that cause lost days away from work. No matter what job you perform, you can injure your back on the job. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to avoid back injuries and the lifetime of pain and medical bills that can come with them. In this training session, you’ll learn what risk factors and hazards expose you to back injuries and what you can do to help keep your back healthy and pain-free.

Basic First Aid for Medical Emergencies

The main purpose of this session is to familiarize you with basic first-aid procedures. By the time this session is over, you will be able to recognize the benefits of obtaining first-aid and CPR certification; identify proper procedures for a variety of medical emergencies; assist in administering first aid when a coworker is injured; and do no further harm.

Battery Safety

This session provides information about battery safety and is intended for any employees who handle or use batteries in the workplace. We’ll discuss all the key issues associated with using batteries safely, including battery hazards, charging, and maintenance. This session focuses primarily on the large lead-acid batteries, as well as lithium-ion batteries used in a variety of industrial equipment. The main objective of this session is to make sure you work safely with batteries on the job.

Blasting and Explosives Safety

Adherence to blasting safety precautions is of utmost importance in every area of working with dangerous explosives, and safety precautions are strictly enforced by OSHA. By the time the session is over, you will understand the importance of treating the explosives you work with and the blasting process with respect; key blaster qualifications and skills; federal regulations for handling, storing, and transporting explosives; how to take proper precautions when loading and detonating explosives; and the rules to follow during and after the blasting process.

Chainsaw Safety for Construction Workers

The main objective of this session is to give you information that will help you safely use chain saws. At the end of the training session, you will be able to understand how chain saws work, including maintenance tips, how to identify the basic risks associated with chainsaw use, how to prepare and protect yourself with the right personal protective equipment (PPE), and you’ll learn safe work practices for using a chain saw, as well as what not to do.

Contractor Safety

In today’s training session, we’ll review the key elements of a typical host employer’s safety program. Contractors will be required to follow the host employer’s safety program while performing their work. Familiarity with the host employer’s site and safety program is crucial to reducing the risk of injury.

Crane Rigging in Construction

This training session focuses on safe rigging for crane and derrick operations at construction sites. A critical job for the safety of any crane or derrick operation is rigging the load. Rigging is the most time-consuming of any crane operation and represents the greatest hazard potential. In this training session, we’ll cover the fundamentals of rigging cranes and derricks.

Dipping, Coating, and Cleaning Operations

The main objective of this session is to talk about the hazards of dipping and coating operations and the precautions you must take to protect your health and safety. By the time this session is over, you will be able to recognize the health and safety hazards of dipping, coating, and cleaning operations, understand controls used to protect you from accidents and exposures, work safely with flammable liquids used in the processes, and know what to do in an emergency.

Electrical Safety for Unqualified Construction Workers

This training session will discuss the hazards of electricity and how to prevent exposure to electrical hazards. By the end of the training session, you will be able to understand the hazards of electricity, identify and avoid common electrical hazards, and follow safe work practices around electrical equipment.

Excavation Safety for Construction Workers

The main objective of this session is to help you learn how important it is to work safely in excavations or trenches. At the end of the training session, you will understand preventive measures required by law, your role in working safely, your employer’s obligations to protect you, hazardous atmospheres, and types of protective systems.

Fall Protection in Construction

This training session provides important information on fall protection at construction sites. Anyone who is exposed to potential fall hazards must be trained to identify these hazards and how to properly use fall protection. Note that this session covers general fall protection topics but does not discuss certain specific activities covered by OSHA, regulations, such as stairways, ladders, electric power lines, and steel erection work.

Flaggers’ Safety in Highway Work Zones

The main objective of this session is to provide you with important information about your duties as a flagger and about temporary traffic control zone safety generally. By the time this session is over, you will be able to recognize the hazards of flagging; identify different sections of a temporary traffic control zone; understand the temporary traffic control plan and your responsibilities as a flagger; effectively use signaling devices; and safely position warning signs, tapers, and flagging stations.

Gas Safety for Construction Workers

The main objective of this session is to make sure you, as a construction worker, know the broad scope of gas safety and what is required to comply with the law. By the time the session is over, you will understand why gas safety is important, what the OSHA standards are, procedures to stay safe when working with gas, and your responsibilities for gas safety.

Hazard Communication and GHS: What Employees Need to Know

Hazardous chemicals are found in many workplaces, and every day millions of workers face potential exposure. Therefore, it is important to know what chemicals are in your workplace, what hazards they present, and how to limit exposure to those chemicals.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard requires that employees be informed of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace and how to protect themselves from those hazards. This course describes how that information is conveyed to employees.

By the end of the training you will be able to explain the purpose of the HazCom standard; recognize the risks posed by hazardous chemicals in your workplace; explain the purpose and content of safety data sheets (SDSs) and how to access that information; interpret the information on chemical labels; and identify and apply appropriate measures to protect yourself from the chemical hazards in your workplace and respond to emergencies.

Introduction to Rough Terrain Forklift Safety

Rough terrain forklifts are a special class of forklifts, known as Class 7 powered industrial trucks, that are designed to carry heavy loads safely indoors and outdoors on rugged and sloped surfaces and in adverse weather conditions. This presentation will review the hazards and explain what you can do to prevent accidents and injuries when operating these lift trucks. The course does not cover vehicles used for earth-moving or over-the-road hauling.

Ladder Safety

Ladder accidents, injuries, and even fatalities are one of the most common forms of accidents that happen on the job. But there is a lot you can do to avoid becoming one of those accident statistics—and it starts with using the information you will be provided during this training session.

Lead Safety in Construction

The objective of this training session is to protect your health and keep you productive. At the end of the training session, you will be able to understand lead hazards, exposure, and control; respiratory protection; medical surveillance; information about chelating agents; engineering controls and work practices; and your right to access medical and air sampling records as well as a copy of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lead standard for construction.

Permit-Required Confined Space Rescue for Supervisors

There are, on average, 150 deaths nationally in permit-required confined spaces every year, and in many of those cases, a would-be rescuer was a casualty. This module provides supervisors of permit-required confined spaces with information to help them ensure that rescue services are available and that the means to summon them are operable while entrants are in such a space. The module covers confined space operations in general industry workplaces.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces in Construction: Attendant

This safety training module is for attendants at permit-required confined spaces where construction work is performed, including building new structures or upgrading existing ones. An attendant is stationed outside a permit-required confined space to monitor the entrant, conditions inside the space, prevent unauthorized entry, and summon rescuers when needed.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces in Construction: Authorized Entrant

This safety training module is for entrants at permit-required confined spaces where construction work is performed, including building new structures or upgrading existing ones.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces: Entrant

Over 2 million workers enter permit-required confined spaces annually, but less than 15 percent are trained to recognize common hazards like oxygen deficiency, engulfment, entrapment, and other safety and health threats from energized systems and toxic materials. Fortunately, there are effective and well-established safe practices, testing protocols, and hazard controls that can prevent injuries and illnesses caused by these hazards in confined spaces. This training session provides information on these safe practices for workers designated as authorized entrants for permit-required confined spaces.

Portable Power Tool Safety

Portable power tools are common at many workplaces, but many workers become complacent when using them on the job and are seriously injured as a result.  This course is designed for workers who use portable power tools such as drills, sanders, chain saws, circular saws, and grinders and provides information about the hazards and safe practices to prevent injury.  By the end of the course, you will be able to identify the hazards of portable power tools, take precautions against injury, use tool guards effectively and correctly, and understand common safety practices for specific types of tools.  Duration: 14 minutes

Refueling Equipment

The main objective of this session is to teach you how to properly refuel equipment and the construction machinery you work with every day while adhering to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules and regulations. By the time the session is over, you will understand the hazardous liquids you will be working with, how to properly dispense liquid fuel, the location of appropriate refueling areas, where to store liquid fuels, how to control fuel spills, how to protect yourself against potential fires and explosions, and important OSHA regulations and how they protect you.

Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure

This Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction presentation will help prepare workers at construction sites to recognize potential exposures to hazardous silica dust and take measures to prevent exposure. At the end of the presentation workers will be able to describe respirable crystalline silica and the health effects of exposure to silica dust, at-risk activities on construction worksites that involve airborne release of silica dust, and how to take effective precautions to prevent exposure.

Safe Forklift Operation

This course is designed to help you become a better and safer forklift operator. If you’re an experienced operator, this course may remind you of safe habits and work practices that you might have forgotten. If you’re a new operator, this course will describe the operating practices you need to follow to be a safe operator.

Scaffolds Training: Construction Safety

This training session provides basic hazard awareness and safe work practices for workers who use scaffolds to safely perform construction, repair, and maintenance work on structures and for workers who erect, maintain, and disassemble scaffolds. The course covers practices and control measures to protect workers from scaffold-related injuries caused by falls; falling objects; unstable or overloaded scaffolds; electrocution; and slips, trips, and falls on the same level. Note that this session does NOT cover permanent work platforms, aerial lifts, scissor lifts, or lifts suspended from cranes or derricks, which are covered in separate training courses.

Scissor Lifts: Operator Safety

Thousands of workers use scissor lifts to perform work at heights across a wide variety of industries. But because of this high rate of usage, there is a similarly high rate of scissor lift-related accidents. Fortunately, the majority of these incidents can be prevented through proper training. This presentation will train scissor lift operators to appreciate the hazards associated with scissor lifts; minimize those hazards; and safely operate, handle materials on, and inspect and maintain scissor lifts.

By the end of the course, workers will be able to recognize the hazards of operating scissor lifts; identify common features of scissor lift equipment; inspect scissor lifts and maintain them in a safe working condition; demonstrate safe stabilization, positioning, and operation of scissor lifts; lift loads, tools, and other work materials properly; and prevent falls through safe work practices and by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Trenching: Competent Person

This session is intended for the “competent person” at trench excavation sites—that is, a person who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards and working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees in and around excavations and who is authorized to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate the hazards.

Underground Construction (Tunneling)

The main objective of this session is to help you understand the OSHA regulation for protecting the safety and health of underground construction workers. By the end of this session, you will understand the critical role of what OSHA terms a “competent person” in maintaining jobsite safety; see what’s needed to keep everyone connected and aware; know what protections you have for ventilation, illumination, and air monitoring; list site control procedures that are designed to protect workers; know the minimum requirements for air and light, which are critical concerns for all underground workers; understand the rules for special situations, when projects include drilling and blasting, the use of cranes and hoists, or working with gas underground; learn what emergency procedures must be in place at all times, even if just one person is underground; and know what records must be kept on air quality and potentially dangerous exposures—that are available to workers during and after a project.

Underground Construction Safety

Constructing underground tunnels, shafts, chambers, and passageways exposes workers to many dangers, including reduced visibility, falling rocks and soil, difficult or limited entry and exit in work areas, exposure to air contaminants, and emergencies such as fire and explosion. This module provides workers involved in underground construction work with information about common hazards and safe work practices to prevent injuries and respond to emergencies.

Welding and Cutting Safety for Construction Workers

The objectives of this session are to discuss important safety points about welding and cutting. By the end of the session, you will be able to identify the major safety and health hazards, know the different welding processes, select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and implement controls needed to prevent or control fires.

Working in Cold Conditions (Multimedia)

Those of you who work regularly in cold conditions have more to worry about than just being uncomfortable. Cold working conditions can actually lead to health hazards that you need to protect yourself against. During this session, we’ll tell you what hazards to look out for and how you can keep yourself safe—and warm!

Working in Hot Conditions (Multimedia)

While being hot may sometimes be unavoidable, if you get too overheated and dehydrated, it could be downright dangerous. During the session, we’ll discuss how working in hot conditions can be hazardous to your health and safety, different types of heat-related illnesses you should be aware of, and what you can do to protect yourself if you work in hot conditions.

Working Safely Around Heavy Equipment

A construction site is an inherently dangerous workplace. The main goal of this session is to help you understand the importance of working safely near heavy equipment. At the end of the session, you will be able to understand the leading causes of heavy equipment-related accidents, identify dangers associated with heavy equipment, discuss what Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations say about working safely on or near heavy equipment, and learn basic precautions to stay safe on the worksite.

Working Safely Near Power Lines

The main objective of this session is to help you understand how important it is to work safely near power lines. This session is intended for general construction workers. At the end of the training session, you will be able to understand the major causes of power line-related accidents, identify dangers associated with power lines, find out what Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations say about power line safety, learn preventive measures to stay safe, and get some tips on what to do in case of an emergency.

Working Safely Outdoors

The main objective of this session is to provide you with the information you need to work safely outdoors. By the time the session is over, you will be able to identify outdoor hazards, take proper precautions to prevent injury or illness, and apply effective first aid in the event of an injury or exposure.