Construction Safety Orientation

Construction Safety Orientation is part of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s safety initiatives for those employed in the construction industry. Construction Safety Orientation is offered to employers and employees in the construction industry by OSHA or its authorized trainers.

Construction Safety Orientation is offered as either a 10-hour or 30-hour course to employees by OSHA-authorized trainers. The aim of the Construction Safety Orientation training is provide training to employees and employers in this industry to help them recognize, abate, avoid, and prevent injuries in the workplace. In addition, Construction Safety Orientation also involves providing training to the employees and employers about their rights and duties at the workplace.

OSHA's Outreach Training Program is voluntary

There are two reasons for OSHA recommends Construction Safety Orientation:

  • OSHA's Outreach Training Program is voluntary;
  • OSHA's Outreach Training Program, being basic, does not provide the full training requirements that the employer has to meet under set OSHA standards. Because of this reason, OSHA's Outreach Training Program is not considered a certification.

The need for Construction Safety Orientation

The sheer size of the American construction industry is the best reason for the need for Construction Safety Orientation: A little over two percent of the entire American population - something like 6.5 million people are engaged in the construction industry at more than a quarter of a million construction sites across the nation.

This perhaps gives some perspective of the magnitude of the tendency for injuries and deaths in this industry. In fact, it is known that construction accounts for the highest rate of fatal injuries among all industries in the US.

The most common types of hazards in a workplace

In a construction workplace, workers could be prone to almost any kind of injury or hazard. According to osha.gov, the most common reasons include:

  • Falls (from heights);
  • Trench collapse;
  • Scaffold collapse;
  • Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast;
  • Failure to use proper personal protective equipment; and
  • Repetitive motion injuries.

Some general aspects of Construction Safety Orientation

There is a wide range of industries and activities which call for individual levels of precautions to be taken for different kinds of potential hazards. Employers have to build in Construction Safety Orientation into all the potential places of hazard at the workplace with the help of OSHA-authorized trainers. Some of the general points they can keep in mind to ensure Construction Safety Orientation can include:

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