How To Become A Construction Safety Consultant

A quick guide on how to start a sturdy career as a Construction Safety Consultant

Construction, one of the largest industries in the United States is also one of the most hazardous. The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and building contractor issues have created a significant demand for qualified site safety personnel. A certified Construction Safety Coordinator helps meet this industry demand.

OSHA, the regulator for safety and health issues in the work place, requires that all construction sites be inspected by a certified Construction Safety Coordinator before and during use. Inspections are to benefit those working at the construction site and those that will be around, driving by or utilizing the same work place. Though anyone with enough time and effort can become a construction safety coordinator, it is not unusual for construction workers who have previously worked on the job, contractors and/or those associated with construction to slip into this position.

OSHA offers outreach training programs to certify those interested in becoming a Construction Safety Coordinator. Basic classes include General Industry Safety, Physical Hazards in Construction, Healthy Hazards and Emergency Preparedness, and OSHA Citation and Record Keeping Policies. A certified Construction Safety Coordinator requires at least a 30-hour OSHA training card (meaning 30 hours of various training classes) and a U.S. Department of Labor certificate. To earn these; classes, exams and basic knowledge are expected. Classes do require payment, time and effort. In addition, many states have regulations that must be met depending upon environmental or specific issues.



Many state colleges offer course training that meet the OSHA requirements and provide additional hands-on training. Again, these courses do require payment, time and effort but the experience and knowledge gained will place graduates far ahead of others. In addition, these courses can earn Continued Education Credits (CEUs) that may contribute to a college degree program.

To advance into this field, be certain you have the time and finances available. Flexible training classes, some on weekends or in the evening can be found and financial support and/or scholarships are available. Those that are bi-lingual may even qualify for an OSHA sponsored full scholarship.

Do a little research on the Internet regarding classes offered for certification, as well as viewing the OSHA site (www.osha.gov). Be certain that courses offered through state colleges meet the OSHA guidelines as well as any state regulations.

Investigate financial options and/or scholarship programs through the Internet as well as speaking with college administrators.

Apply for classes as specified by the sponsoring instructor and prepare yourself for homework, reading and even hands-on applications.

Construction standards do change with technological advances and/or federal standards regarding health procedures. Keeping abreast of these changes and meeting the OSHA standards will keep a Construction Safety Coordinator in demand; the more you know, the more you can offer employers. Hence, a dedication to this profession, along with the ability to grow and learn is best.

With construction booms and constant building taking place, a Construction Safety Coordinator is always in demand. A qualified and available specialist can guarantee safety to others, as well as cement a sturdy career.

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