30 Hour Construction Industry


Designated Training Topics. The 30-hour Construction Course is intended to provide a variety of training to workers with some safety responsibility. Training should emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, as well as OSHA standards. Instructional time must be a minimum of 30 hours. The topic requirements are as follows:

  • Mandatory – 15 hours
    • Introduction to OSHA – 2 hours.
      • Covers workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. It includes helpful worker safety and health resources. It also provides a sample weekly fatality and catastrophe report, a material data safety sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300)
      • Materials include an Instructor Guide, PowerPoint slides, student handouts, and participatory activities.
    • Managing Safety and Health – 2 hours. May include Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, job site inspections, accident prevention programs, management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, accident investigations, how to conduct safety meetings, and supervisory communication
    • OSHA Focus Four Hazards – 6 hours. Because most construction fatalities are caused by fall hazards, falls must be covered for a minimum of one hour and 15 minutes. The other focus four hazards must be covered for a minimum of one-half hour each. A trainer may spend up to 10 hours on this topic.
      • Falls (minimum one hour and 15 minutes)
      • Electrocution
      • Struck-By (e.g., falling objects, trucks, cranes)
      • Caught-In or Between (e.g., trench hazards, equipment)

Focus Four Hazards Training Requirements
All lessons for the Focus Four Hazards are required to use the following terminal (TO) and enabling (EO) objectives:

TO: Given current OSHA and industry information regarding construction worksite illnesses, injuries, and/or fatalities, the student will be able to recognize [fall, caught-in or between, struck-by, electrocution] hazards in construction.

Specifically for each of the focus four, the student will be able to:

EO 1: Identify major hazards
EO 2: Describe types of hazards
EO 3: Protect him/herself from these hazards
EO 4: Recognize employer requirements to protect workers from these hazards

Because these objectives are the expected student outcomes, trainers:

1) May not vary from these objectives when planning the training session; and
2) Must follow the participatory training model by applying effective training techniques;
3) Must make sure the objectives are measured by testing the student’s achievement.

  • Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – 2 hours
  • Health Hazards in Construction – 2 hours. May teach noise, hazard communication, and crystalline silica or any other construction health hazard.
    • Stairways and Ladders – 1 hour.
      • Elective – 12 hours. Must present at least 12 hours of training on the following topics. At least 6 of the following topics must be presented. The minimum length of any topic is one-half hour.
        • Concrete and Masonry Construction
        • Confined Space Entry
        • Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, & Conveyors
        • Ergonomics
        • Excavations
        • Fire Protection and Prevention
        • Materials Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal
        • Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment and Marine Operations; Rollover Protective Structures and Overhead Protection; and Signs, Signals and Barricades
        • Powered Industrial Vehicles
        • Safety and Health Programs
        • Scaffolds
        • Steel Erection
        • Tools – Hand and Power
        • Welding and Cutting

Optional – 3 hours. Teach other construction industry hazards or policies and/or expand on the mandatory or elective topics. The minimum length of any topic is one-half hour.

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