NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Center finds OSHA construction training may improve safety, more research needed

    August 1, 2012

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Silver Spring, MD – Although many people who take OSHA-approved construction safety courses believe the training is beneficial and improves safety, more research is needed to determine the training’s impact and value, according to a recent study (.pdf file).

    The Center for Construction Research and Training, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, surveyed 100 Massachusetts workers about the OSHA 10-hour class for construction. A 2008 rule (.pdf file) required the training for all workers on publicly funded projects in the state.

    Prior to the rule, the training was standard in most large-scale projects in both the public and private arena, according to respondents, but the requirement helped set a “baseline” encouraging the private sector to adopt the rule as an industry standard.

    Respondents said a greater number of workers received safety training because of the rule, which may have helped improve safety culture on construction sites. No negative economic impact due to the rule was perceived.

    Many respondents believed the training needs of workers with limited English language skills were not being met, despite the availability of foreign language training.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.