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Thirty-hour Safety Course for Construction Technology Academic Programs

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

ConstDiv Technical Session 2 - Safety

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Construction Engineering

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George D. Ford Western Carolina University

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Dr. George Ford P.E. is the Director of Mississippi State’s Building Construction Science (BCS) program. Dr. Ford has 15 years of industrial experience including corporate work, and 16 years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level.

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Saeed Rokooei Mississippi State University Orcid 16x16

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Saeed Rokooei is an assistant professor of Building Construction Science at Mississippi State University. Saeed obtained his bachelor's degree in Architecture and then continued his studies in Project and Construction Management. Saeed completed his PhD in Construction Management while he got a master of science in Management Information Systems. He is continuing his research on simulation to provide a comprehensive supplementary method in construction management education.

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Construction safety is an important aspect of every construction project in the United States. Safety training is provided by construction industry companies for individuals involved with safety programs as professional development, non-credit courses, seminars and in-company training classes. The safety training industry is well established and active in all sectors of construction. Most construction managers have attended safety training for 10-hour or 30-hour level certifications. Few programs exist in higher education where students receive a certification, but the number of programs providing students with a safety certification upon course completion is growing.

At XX University, students in the Construction Building Science program obtain their 30 hour construction safety certification in the third year program curriculum. Students learn about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety requirements. They also write site specific safety plans. Attendance at 100% of classes is required to receive the safety certification.

Instructors teaching the 10-hour or 30-hour courses must themselves meet OSHA training requirements and also attend update training every four years. The standard course curriculum contains required and optional materials. The course results in a certification which assists students in gaining employment and can support academic program assessment. The additional costs for providing the certifying coursework is nominal, and the course can be used to connect to industry for programs which require industrial advisory board or committees.

This paper discusses the implementation of a safety course in a four year, technical academic program. Instructor certification to teach the safety course, curriculum provided to students and other benefits of safety instructional materials are discussed.

Ford, G. D., & Rokooei, S. (2019, June), Thirty-hour Safety Course for Construction Technology Academic Programs Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33438

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