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Vancouver Area Training: Construction Safety Officer

Our Training Partner’s Construction Safety Officer (CSO) Training program is recognized by the Applied Science Technicians and Technologist of BC (ASTTBC) and course participants are encouraged to register with ASTTBC upon completion of the course.

Total Hours: 50 hrs (35 hrs in class and approximately 10 hrs of home study time)

Total Weeks: 1 week

Time of Class: 0800 – 1600 / day

Contact:

Cheryl Morgan
cmorgan@erplus.com

Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of the Trade Safety Coordinator (TSC) Program within the previous calendar year;
  • Physical fitness verified through a medical exam or Statement of Fitness (WorkSafeBC);
  • Minimum age is 19 years old;
  • Knowledge of the English language to the level of successfully completing the course readings and assignments;
  • One year of relevant construction experience with a letter verifying this experience from a senior representative of the employer OR, a letter from the union stating the union membership is in good standing and the student was employed by a contributing employer for at least two months in the past calendar year.

Course Description:

This practical, hands-on course is intended for experienced construction workers with an interest in safety management.

  1. Area of Primary Emphasis:The area of primary emphasis is further developing the knowledge and skill in construction health and safety. More technical information and skills are explored and how they apply to the TSC program content.
  2. Secondary Emphasis:Secondary emphasis is further developing the student’s ability to identify and manage hazards, develop safe work procedures and work with the employer to meet regulatory standards.

Students will examine hazards, applicable regulations, and safe work procedures relating to construction activities. Course activities will include case studies, simulations, guest presentations, reading and written work. Students will work individually and in groups.

General Academic Level of the Course:

The course follows the ASTTBC’s requirements to achieve the level of a Construction Safety Officer (CSO). A CSO is a person who understands regulatory requirements and how they apply to a work site so that workers, members of the public and the environment are not compromised.

Construction Safety Coordinator (Officer)

Course Goals:

The successful student will have an understanding and be able to apply the preceding fundamental concepts at a construction site. The application of these concepts includes understanding the:

1. Fundamentals of fall protection and their application

The student will:

a. Understand the fall protection hierarchy and apply it to various construction site scenarios;

b. Perform a basic inspection of fall protection equipment;

c. Understand the components of a basic fall protection plan; and

d. Receive a Fall Protection Awareness Certificate on successful completion of this Module.

2. Electrical Safety and De-Energization

The student will:

a. Develop an understanding of electrical hazards and controls;

b. Understand external resource providers’ roles; and

c. Recognize different types of lock out systems.

3. Structural components and their functions

The student will:

a. Develop an understanding of components within a construction site;

b. Identify the components’ implication to worker safety; and

c. Perform basic hazard assessment.

4. Applications of hazardous materials legislation and industrial hygiene

The student will be able to:

a. Understand the regulatory requirements of various hazardous materials legislation;

b. Apply a fundamental understanding of a WHMIS program in the workplace; and

c. Understand the fundamentals of occupational disease.

5. Fundamentals of confined space and their application

The student will;

a. Recognize different types of confine spaces;

b. Explain a hazard assessment plan;

c. Understand the components of a confined space entry program; and

d. Receive a Confined Space Awareness Certificate on successful completion of this Module.

6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The student will:

a. Understand the fundamentals of different types of PPE;

b. Know how to select the correct PPE; and

c. Understand the need for a PPE managed program.

7. Hazard Management

The student will:

a. Understand how to identify workplace hazards;

b. Perform hazard assessments;

c. Explain hazard controls; and

d. Develop safe work procedures.

8. Documentation to meet regulatory requirements

The student will:

a. Develop basic safe work procedures and practices; and

b. Understand the process for a safety program review (audit).

Evaluation

Successful completion of the CSO Program includes:

  • Attending the full time allotted for the program (35 hours);
  • Completing the pre-assignments;
  • Completing mandatory home work assignments before exam date and obtaining a 75% or better grade; and
  • Completing the final examination with a 75% or better grade.

Evaluation will emphasize problem-solving rather than memorization. Some activities performed in teams or small groups will result in a group grade.

The course pass mark is 75%.

Prerequisites for the Construction Safety Officer Program:

In order to meet the criteria that are set out by the governing body that oversees the certification process, the following prerequisites must be met prior to entering the program:

  1. Physical fitness verification through a Statement of Fitness to be completed and returned to with course registration (supplied with the registration package);
  1. Minimum age is 19 years old (please provide a copy of valid ID);
  2. Knowledge and command of the English language to the level of successfully completingthe course readings and assignments; and
  3. One year of relevant construction experience with a letter verifying this experience from a senior representative of the employer; ORA letter from the union stating the union membership is in good standing and the student was employed by a contributing employer for at least two months in the past calendar year.; ORAcceptance into the program via an interview with, and at the discretion of the Training Director to determine suitability for entry into the program.

Contact:

Cheryl Morgan
cmorgan@erplus.com

Discussion

3 Responses to “Vancouver Area Training: Construction Safety Officer”

  1. I am interested in taking your corse

    Posted by Roland Unger | February 14, 2014, 3:11 pm
  2. The information, you have given is very useful for those who want to build safety environment in their company. I think essential objective of safety engineering is to oversee hazard, and decreasing it to zero level. Danger is the consolidation of the likelihood of a disappointment occasion, and precise steps should be taken in order to maintain a healthy environment.

    Posted by martanjack | August 16, 2014, 7:11 am
  3. so once competed the course and have received the certificate Where can I take this certificate for employment BC/ AB/ MB/ ONT/ Yukon

    Posted by Tammy | September 3, 2014, 5:22 pm

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