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3 hours lecture, 0 hour(s) laboratory, 3 units

Catalog Description
This course introduces students to California and federal construction safety standards and regulations. Included are an integrated study of hazard recognition and abatement principles related to the construction worksite and study of compliance issues and challenges facing safety professionals, including mishap and case study analysis, California and federal construction safety standards, worksite inspection, interfacing with compliance officials, vertical and horizontal standards and common construction industry compliance issues.

Recommended Preparation:
ENVT 100

Entrance Skills
Without the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge, students entering this course will be highly unlikely to succeed:

•  Ability to analyze and research California and federal safety standards.
•  Ability to evaluate written fact scenarios (e.g. worksite or mishap summaries) in order to identify general safety compliance issues.

Course Content Regulatory
1) Regulatory History and Background
•  OSHA Act and resultant state impacts upon safety
•  Rule development
•  California and federal standards
•  Interfacing with compliance officials
•  Construction industry mishap statistics

2) Safety Program Management
• Worksite inspections
• Mishap/accident investigation and reporting
• Case studies/lessons learned
• Risk assessment
• Risk management
• Worksite safety for third parties

3) Safety Programs associated with Construction Safety
• Fall protection
• Scaffolding
• Electrical safety
• Power tool safety
• Traffic control
• Crane safety
• Weight handling
• Demolition
• Heavy equipment operation/power industrial trucks
• Explosives Safety/powder actuated tools
• Trenching and excavation
• Hazardous and toxic materials (asbestos, lead, man-made vitreous fibers, PCBs)

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:
1) Identify, describe and apply California and Federal safety regulations and standards relevant to the construction industry. ( ME a,b )

2)Apply California and Federal safety standards to assess construction worksites and recognize hazardous conditions and/or noncompliance. ( ME a,b )

3)Use California and Federal safety standards to evaluate situations of noncompliance and employ risk assessment strategies and principles to develop a hazard abatement plan. ( ME a,b )

4)Investigate construction accidents/mishaps and identify root causes of the accident/mishap based upon California and Federal safety regulations and standards. ( ME a,b )

5)Evaluate construction job processes and identify appropriate risk management strategies (e.g. engineering controls, personal protective equipment) in order to protect workers safety. ( ME a,b )


Method of Evaluation (Measuring Student Learning Outcome with Representative Assignments)

A grading system will be established by the instructor and implemented uniformly. Grades will be based on demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter determined by multiple measurements for evaluation, one of which must be exams, research paper presentation, group project, and class participation.

1) Quizzes and exams that measure student's knowledge, understanding and application of California and Federal construction safety regulations and standards related to hazardous conditions and / or noncompliance, California and Federal safety regulations and standards. ( CO1,2,3,4 )

2) Students will complete a risk assessment and develop and apply a hazard abatement plan, in compliance with California and Federal safety regulations and standards. (CO 2,3,5)

3) Based on California and Federal safety regulations and standards, students will complete a written assessment of mishap case summaries that involves a construction accident/mishap and identify root causes. (CO2,4)


Special Materials Required of Student
Course textbook, 3-ring binder, writing utensils, a desire to learn, and class participation


Minimum Instructional Facilities
Classroom with writing board, slide & overhead projection/screen, VCR/DVD and monitor


Method of Instruction

•  Integrated class room lecture, discussion and demonstration
•  Small and large group discussion
•  In-class activities and independent homework/research projects
•  Field trips designed to link course materials to real world application
•  Instructional slides, audio/video/computer presentations
•  Auxiliary use of study groups, peer tutoring and/or instructional office hours

Texts and References

•  CalOSHA 2005 Sate of California Construction Safety Orders
•  CFRs, CCRs, pertaining to California and federal construction safety standards.
•  Supplemental:
•  As assigned by instructor.

Exit Skills

Students having successfully completed this course exit with the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge:

•  Understand the identity of and relationship between California and federal authorities pertaining to enforcement of safety standards.
•  Understand and distinguish between California and federal construction safety standards.
•  Ability to implement required elements of construction safety programs.
•  Ability to identify noncompliance with applicable construction safety standards, assess associated risk and recommend hazard abatement and risk management strategies.
•  Ability to conduct accident/mishap investigations in order to determine root causes and prevent recurrence.

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