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Best Health and Safety Courses for Construction Workers

Posted by Kleah Zara on Feb 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM

There are many advantages of getting certified in a variety of educational health and safety courses, including minimizing workplace injuries and being more prepared for workplace emergencies. There are also a myriad of other reasons why companies invest thousands of dollars annually on health and safety lunch and learns, courses, and certifications -- just like we had mentioned in our previous blog, How Important Is Workplace Health and SafetyBut have you considered that having additional health and safety certifications under your belt could help launch your career in the construction industry or perhaps help you advance from your current position?

These courses vary in instruction time, prerequisites, and completion requirements, however, each of them just might give you the competitive advantage you need to move forward in your career.

  1. Occupational First Aid (Level 1, 2, 3)

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Purpose

The purpose of Occupational First Aid (OFA) courses is to educate and prepare employees for medical emergencies that may happen in the workplace. There are three levels of OFA courses designed for specific workplaces, depending on workplace size, distance to medical support, industry hazard rating, and access to medical aid.

Although OFA Level 1 is considered the basic first aid course, it is not necessary to take this course as a prerequisite for levels 2 and 3; neither is level 2 a prerequisite for level 3. In order to receive the OFA certificate for any level, participants have to be at least 16 years old (often the minimum age for most courses), be present during instruction time, and pass a multiple choice exam (and practical competency test for levels 2 and 3) that covers the course material. After completing any OFA course level, the certification will be valid for three years.

Career Advancement

Attaining an OFA certification can be helpful for a variety of roles and industries. To determine which OFA level is appropriate for you or your workplace, please review the following table and refer to Section 3.16 and Schedule 3-A of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

 

OFA Certification Level

Curriculum Overview

Level 1 (Basic)

20 minutes or less surface travel time from medical aid

Instruction Time: 7 hours

Designed for:

Commonly used as a beginner/standard first aid course for security, police, first aid responce, nursing sectors, etc.

Topics:

  • Basic life support (CPR-A)
  • Small wound management and circulation intervention
  • Critical airways
  • Burns

Level 2 (Intermediate)

20 minutes or less surface travel time from medical aid

 

Instruction Time: 36-hours over 5 days, Statement of Fitness required

Designed for:

Attendants in urban areas, employers that require OFA Level 2 Certification for employees

Topics:

  • Level 1 topics
  • Human anatomy
  • Bleeding
  • Head/brain injuries
  • Resuscitation
  • Cardiac emergencies

Level 3 (Advanced)

Instruction Time: 70 hours over 2-week period, Statement of Fitness required

Designed for:

Remote/rural attendants or attendants on larger, urban job sites such as construction, manufacturing, or heavy industries

Topics:

  • Level 1 and 2 topics
  • Spinal injuries
  • Patient immobilization/transport
  • Limb immobilization

 

  1. TSC/CSO

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Purpose

The purpose of the TSC/CSO course is to help experienced construction workers advance their careers as a Trade Safety Coordinators or Construction Safety Officers. The TSC/CSO certification course covers a broad scope of information to prepare participants for this new career choice.

Career Advancement

Upon the completion of the program -- requirements included -- the TSC/CSO certification is valid for 3 years. Also, participants can apply for the professional designation CSO(P) for Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC).

This program counts for 5 credits (2.5 credits per week) towards the BCCSP professional development or application.

According to PayScale, a career as a Construction Safety Officer in Vancouver, BC can be rewarded with a total pay between $44,227 to $81,627 approximately.

Curriculum Overview

Course

Curriculum Overview

Trade Safety Coordinator (TSC)

 

Instruction Time: 35-hours over 5 days

Prerequisites: Be at least 16 years old and be physically able to perform tasks. OFA Level 1 is recommended but not required.

Topics:

  • Electrical safety for trade workers
  • Introduction to the HANDI-Guide Workers’ Compensation Act and Regulation
  • WorkSafeBC - roles of the board and officers
  • Due diligence
  • Principles of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Joint Health and Safety Committees/Workers representatives

Cost: $699 per person plus GST (all course materials included)

Construction Safety Officer (CSO)

 

Instruction Time: 35-hours over 5 days

Prerequisites: Same as TSC + Completion of a TSC Course

Topics:

  • Basic life support (CPR-A)
  • Patient assessment
  • Critical airway and respiratory, interventions with C-Spine management, including insertion of oral airways, use of oxygen therapy equipment and bag valve mask
  • Circulatory interventions and management
  • Small wound, soft tissue, and fracture management
    Suction

Cost: $799 per person plus GST (all course material included)

 

  1. Fall Protection Awareness

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Purpose

The Fall Protection Awareness certification is an informative course to minimize fall injuries in the workplace. The purpose of the course is to help participants learn about their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist. Participants who take this course will also learn about the use and inspection of required equipment and the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

In order to receive the certification, participants are required to fully participate and attend the course dates and must achieve 70% on a multiple-choice exam. Upon successful completion, the certification will be valid for three years.

Curriculum

Course

Curriculum Overview

Fall Safety Awareness

 

Instruction Time: 4 or 8 hours

* 4 hour training is for a refresher course for those who have taken it before. 8 hour session is more appropriate for those who are taking the course for the first time. 8 hour class will include a certification and offer ample amount of hands-on training.  

Prerequisites: No previous training is required

Topics:

  • Lost time injuries and statistics
  • Fall Prevention versus Fall Arrest systems
  • Travel restraints
  • Employers, supervisors, and workers general precautions and safe working procedures
  • Planning guides and anchor points
  • Equipment inspection
  • Donning a harness, step by step instructions and care, cleaning and life expectancy

Cost:

4-Hour Program: $125.00 per person plus GST (all course material included)

8-Hour Program: $225.00 per person plus GST (all course material included)

 

  1. Confined Space Awareness

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Purpose

The Confined Space Awareness certification course is designed for workers that will be working around, entering, or providing stand-by for confined spaces. In this course, participants learn about how to identify confined spaces on the jobsite and how to assess and manage hazards.

Career Advancement

Similar to the Fall Protection Course, having the certification can set you apart from other job seekers, or help you to do your job better. Upon successfully completing the course and its requirements, the certification will be valid for three years.

Curriculum

Course

Curriculum Overview

Confined Space Awareness

 

Instruction Time: 8 hours

Prerequisites: No previous training is required

Topics:

  • WorkSafeBC regulations
  • Identifying confined space on your job site
  • Hazard assessment process
  • Hazard controls
  • Atmospheric testing requirements
  • Venting, purging, and inerting requirements
  • Lockout/isolation requirements
  • Entry permits
  • Stand-by person
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Entry equipment

Cost:

$225.00 per person plus GST (all course material included)

There are many courses you can take to increase help advance your career in the construction industry. Whether you have been an experienced construction worker or someone looking to apply for a new opportunity, having one or more of these certifications can set you apart from others looking to apply for the same job.

To register for any of these courses, please feel free to contact us and we will be able to sign you up right away.

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