Construction Safety Training Resources
Weekly Safety Training
Weekly Safety Training is known by many names on construction projects; tool box talks, tail gate meetings, weekly safety meetings, I’m sure there are others. Weekly safety training can keep topics fresh for the craftsmen on the project. There are a lot of free resources to download weekly safety training topics from. Click the link above to find a list to the ones we find the most helpful. If you need help getting started contact us, we can review your project six week look ahead schedule and suggest some relevant topics for weekly training. If are looking for custom safety meeting topics we can do that too. Regardless of where you get your topics weekly safety training should be delivered by your front line supervisors, leads, foreman, and superintends.
Pro Tip: Occasionally having a project manager step to the plate to deliver the safety meeting is a great way to build culture.
Monthly Safety Training
Monthly safety training sometimes called monthly safety stand-downs or monthly safety meetings can take many forms. The important thing to remember is get the meeting on the schedule and keep the training relevant to upcoming work. Scheduling monthly safety training in advance will ensure it happens when the constraints of the project begin to push everyone to longer hours. This is when the training is needed most. Setting an hour aside each month to celebrate safely accomplishing project milestones really shows a commitment to safety. Click on the link above for more information about how to incorporate safety training in your master schedule.
Pro Tip: Many vendors and suppliers have trainers that will demo and train on their products onsite, schedule a product rep to train on their tool or product.
Annual Safety Training
Annual safety training is required by many of the OSHA standards. Hearing conservation programs, hazardous waste operations and emergency response, respiratory protection program, hazardous communication, lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials are required for basic compliance. Beyond compliance annual safety training can be an effective way to sharpen project leads and front line supervisors with the skills necessary to manage projects safety. Follow the link above to learn more about implementing an annual safety training program.
Pro Tip: State and Federal OSHA offers free consultation visits, many offer free resource training that you can host on your projects. Be sure to schedule as far in advance as possible.
Compliance Safety Training
There are many state and federal standards that require employers to train employees. Some of these regulations require "training" or "instruction," others require "adequate" or "effective" training or instruction, and still others require training "in a manner" or "in language" that is understandable to employees. The many requirements can be confusing making them difficult for employers to know what and when they need to comply.
Pro Tip: Many vendors and rental companies offer training as part of a rental and or service agreement. Contact your local rental company if they do not offer free training contact us and we will put you in touch with a vendor that does.
Weekly Safety Meetings
At the most basic level the OSH Act of 1970 says that “the employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe condition”. It has been established that a company that holds weekly toolbox talks as part of a training program meets the requirements of the standard. This is a basic element that can be introduced into any safety program to help establish a culture of safety. It is recommended that you organize the safety meeting topics to match the scope of work being performed. The best place to start is the schedule. Most Foreman and Superintendents will maintain some form of look-ahead schedule. This schedule will detail the work being performed over the next 3-6 weeks. If your company does not maintain a look-ahead schedule reference the project master schedule or develop your own schedule for upcoming work. Correlate the weekly safety meeting topics with the most hazardous or most common task on schedule. We provide a list of free resources to download weekly safety meeting topics from.
External Links to free weekly training resources.
Construction Association of Michigan
Construction Toolbox Talks
Construction Working Minds
The National Framers Council
The Washington State Department of Labor
Construction Tool Box Talks
Compliance Safety Training
OSHA has many standards that require training. There are over 50 individual training requirements in the construction standard alone. Many require training to be conducted at intial assignment or when a change is made in the work process. Several require training to be conducted annually. OSHA has developed an outreach program to help companies train their workforce. Some states require outreach training for everyone working on a construction project. If you need help developing training for your company or need an instructor contact us.
External Links to free complaince training resources.
OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry
OSHA Training and Reference Materials Library
OSHA Susan Harwood Grant Products By Topic
United States Mine Rescue Association
Free Safety Materials For Safety Professionals
Health and Safety Executive
Instructor Led Construction Safety Training Available
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To help meet training requirements, OSHA created the Outreach training program, developed to promote workplace safety and health by providing access to training by DOL OSHA-Authorized trainers. Outreach training by DOL Authorized trainers helps employers meet many of the required training provisions under OSHA standards. There are a limited number of online training providers. Some are better than other, however most people in the construction industry do not perform well sitting in front of a computer for 10 or 30 hours of instruction.
Instructor Lead Training
Custom Weekly Safety Meetings
Develop an Effective Safety Program
Drug Free Workplace: MD, NC OH SC & VA
Forklift Operator (Powered Industrial Vehicle)
Hazard Communication - GHS/Haz-Com/Right-to-know
Special Emphasis/Focus Four Hazards
Note: A minmum of 10 participates are required for each course. Fewer than 10 participants does not reduct the rate of the course. All rates are for individual participatants. If you require more than 10 participatants there will be additional cost per student.
Trenching and Excavation
Contact a construction safety expert to schedule training.
(Training ID Cards issued with all training)