10 Essential Topics in Any Construction Safety Training

The construction industry is one of the common reasons for most accidents, injuries, and fatalities. It cannot be stressed enough by anyone that proper training and safety precautions are needed to prevent these accidents and minimize the risks in the workplace.
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Employers must properly orient and train any new employee that will deal with so many hazards. Below are some of the essential topics that should be included in your construction safety training:   

Health and Safety in the Workplace

Introduce to your workers the importance of health and safety in the workplace. The workers should not take the subject of safety lightly. It is very important that they know and understands how to minimize the risks in the workplace. Safety training will discuss various accidents and injuries, and how to respond appropriately. It emphasizes creating a safe workplace and implementing preventive measures.  

Emergency Preparedness

Discuss the steps your workers need to take once there’s an accident or injury. Make sure you give them proper orientation on who are the main stakeholders they need to inform once an accident arises.  Provide lessons about the basics of administering first aid. Make sure they document the incident for further investigation and lastly, orient them on how they can secure the area after an accident happens.   

Handling Hazardous Materials 

Handling hazardous materials in the workplace can pose significant risks to workers’ health and safety. Therefore, it is important to have appropriate training and procedures in place to minimize these risks. Teach your workers how to properly identify the hazardous materials, proper handling and storage of hazardous materials, the appropriate PPE for handling, proper labeling and signage, reading and understanding material safety data sheets, transportation and disposal and regular monitoring and testing of hazardous materials.   

Working Safely with Machinery

Introduce the machinery your workers will be using. Make sure the workers receive proper training on how to handle special equipment. Let them understand the hazards in using machinery and how to protect themselves from it. Create and inform the team the proper procedures for using and maintaining the equipment that will be used.  

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Discuss on your training how to prevent slips, trips and falls. Wearing of appropriate PPE are connected on this topic for preventing the said accidents.  

Fire Safety 

Train workers to prevent fires by identifying common triggers and creating a safe environment. Introduce fire equipment like extinguishers and teach proper use. Ensure the workplace has alarms and workers know emergency procedures. Conduct fire drills to emphasize the importance of preparation.  

Environmental awareness and waste control

Teach the basic principle of waste management which is to reduce, reuse and recycle, proper disposal of hazardous materials and how your workers can Share knowledge and encourage others to become more environmentally aware and to practice waste control.  

Electrical Safety Training

Electrical safety training covers a wide range of topics, including electrical shock, electrocution, electrical burns, arc flashes, and fires. The training may also cover safety procedures for working with electrical equipment, such as lockout/tagout procedures, personal protective equipment, and safe work practices.
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Lifting Operations

Provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to perform lifting operations safely and effectively. Cover a range of topics like the principles of safe lifting, lifting equipment, rigging and signaling, and hazard identification and risk assessment.  

Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) 

The OHSMS is a framework designed to manage and improve the safety, health, and welfare of employees in the workplace. Implementing an OHSMS can provide many benefits to an organization, including reduced incidents and accidents, increased employee morale and productivity, and improved compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.   These are some of the topics that are critical to ensure that individuals involved in construction are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to perform these operations safely and efficiently. This helps to prevent accidents and injuries, protect equipment and property, and increase productivity.   If you are looking for an all-in-one construction safety training platform our team at OptimSafety can definitely help you out. We also create custom training videos. Our platform will allow you to track the compliance of your workers on the necessary training and they can easily change the language of the safety videos for their convenience.    You can click here for our free library of training videos or contact us for a demo and discussion.
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