Having The Right Construction Training Manuals Is Essential

Every building you have ever been in was built by a construction worker. They follow a strict set of rules and regulations when building any structure to make it up to code. However, having the right training manuals and procedures in place when it comes to training construction workers is essential to their safety and the safety of anyone who enters the buildings.

What makes a good training manual?

When it comes to making your employees do the right job in any industry it starts with the right training and the right training manual.

There are some tips and tricks to making a good training manual:

  • What’s the objective of the manual: What’s the purpose of the manual? What business goals are supported by the manual and what activities should be covered?
  • Get help if you need it: writing a good manual is not easy and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Think about what you want to include: create an outline of what you want in there, such as the knowledge, processes, and even a checklist.
  • Keep your audience in mind: think about who will be reading your manual; you want it tailored to the type of audience you will have.
  • Add a table of contents: this help will help those who will be reading it for the first time know what it’s about, it will also help if any employee needs to go back to a certain section without searching for it.
  • Summarize each section: at the end of each section there should be a 1-3 paragraph summary of the section that they just read to recap it.

OSHA Standards 

When it comes to construction sites there is a governing body who provides the rules of safety and regulations. That would be the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The administration was founded in 1970 when congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health act. The official reason OSHA exists is “To ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by training, outreach, education and assistance.”

Some things the standards of OSHA cover are:

  • Provide fall protection
  • Prevent trenching cave-ins
  • Prevent infectious disease
  • Ensure that workers safely enter a confined space
  • Guards on machines
  • Provide safety equipment such as respirators

OSHA Inspections 

OSHA oversees around 7 million worksites all around the United States. While that is a lot, there is no way that they can guarantee annual inspections of each site. However, Regulation 29 CFR 1960.25(c) says “OSHA charges each agency with the responsibility to conduct an annual workplace safety and health inspection.”

If you have a good training manual that clearly outlines the dangers and the OSHA regulations that help mitigate those risks, you will employ employees who take safety very seriously. When OSHA does their inspection of your construction site, you will be well prepared and should not encounter any violations that might cause the site to be shut down.

Enforcing Regulations

When it comes to construction sites and putting up buildings there are codes that say how a building should be put up safely, they are controlled by local, state and/or federal agencies.

If you have constructed a good training manual, then it will have outlined the regulations that need to be followed. However, you should not always rely on those working on the site to follow the rules and regulations. It is most likely the foreman on the site will be well versed in the training manuals and what it takes to enforce the regulations if they were to be broken.

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Workers’ Compensation

A good training manual will also provide those who provide labor on the worksite the instructions on what to do if they get hurt. 

If you are hurt on the jobsite, you will have to file a claim with your state’s Workers’ Compensation board. The numbers and how to contact them should be included in the training manuals. The manual should include this information because not only should it train them on safety, but it should also train them on what to do if safety is not followed or an accident happens.

OSHA safety meeting

Safety Meetings

Another thing training manuals should outline is how often you will have to have safety training and meetings.

OSHA says that, no matter how large or small the business, you need to have regularly scheduled safety meetings or committees. A business with 10 or less employees may have a committee while a larger business must have a safety meeting. The meetings OSHA wants should happen either monthly or every quarter (3 Months) and employees must be on company time and be paid their regular salary.

It should be stated in the training manual of what the main objectives of any safety meeting are:

  • Informs employees about workplace risks and when safety training should be happening
  • Gives employees the chance to evaluate their behavior prior to safety-related incidents
  • Keeps everyone alert and makes them aware of potential hazards

Traffic Control

One of the most important things that should be outlined in a construction training manual is how traffic control will work if you are doing work in or around any roadways.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported between 2003-2019 that 2,103 workers lost their lives at road construction sites which is an average of 124 per year.

Learning how to use the Stop/Slow signs and even how to properly set up the signs needed to do road construction can be the difference between life and death when out at a site.

Having the right training manuals for any profession is an essential part of business but in a sector such as construction it is everything. OSHA Standards can mean the difference between life and death at a road construction site. Knowing how to put one together properly and being able to is essential to the business and safety of people’s lives.

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By Dylan Friebel

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