Introduction to Construction Safety


Why is Construction Safety important?  According to Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2019, there were 5,333 occupational deaths. About 1,066 or 1 in 5 of those were on a construction site. Identifying and mitigating exposures to occupational hazards before work begins is the objective of every safety and health professionals.  Students will learn general hazards to watch out for in construction sites, such as falls, struck by hazards, and electrical, and best practices for good safety, health, and welfare on construction sites.

Through an exploration of the NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls, the OSHA Focus Four Hazards, construction hazard investigation, identification, recognition, mitigation, and control of the Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated in FY 2020 students will gain and introductory level knowledge of safety in the construction industry. 

Learning outcomes

  • Identification of Construction Hazards
  • Mitigation of Construction Hazards
  • Control of Construction Hazards
  • Create Job Hazard Analyses
  • Create a Basic Health and Safety Plan

Skills gained

  • Application of the NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls, and OSHA Focus Four Hazards to construction safety
  • Basic Hazard Recognition, Mitigation and Control for Construction Safety
  • How to create basic Job Hazard Analyses
  • How to create a basic Construction Health and Safety Plan.
Academic Units
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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to real-time lecture/Q&A sessions with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom.

This course opens November 30-December 3 with live sessions December 1 and 2, 3-5 pm PST.

We allow registration through the first morning of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on Friday 12/3, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.