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Safety and Health Requirements - Part 1 of 3

Course Outline

The first and foremost fundamental canon in the NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers requires that design professionals hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties. This course provides information and guidance on the safety and health requirements related to the construction industry. The course materials are based on the US Army Corps of Engineers' Safety and Health Requirements Manual. The provisions of this manual implement safety and health standards and requirements contained in OSHA 29 CFR 1910, 29 CFR 1926, 29 CFR 1960, 30 CFR 56, Executive Order 12196, DODI 6055.1, DODI 6055.3, AR 40-5, AR 385-10, AR 385-11, AR 385-40, and FAR Clause 52.236-13. This manual is an excellent reference book for anyone in the construction industry, including engineers, architects, contractors and construction managers. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide information related to the safety and health requirements. You will be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website to study

Sections 1 through 10 of Engineering Manual EM 385-1-1: Safety and Health Requirements
(2003 edition, PDF file format, 8.4 MB. Note: This file contains the entire manual. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the files to your computer by pointing your mouse to the above weblink, right-clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the files in Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

For definitions of terminology used in this manual, please refer to Appendix Q.

For illustrations of devices, tools, machines and equipment mentioned in this manual, please refer to Appendices J, K and L.

The following contains the outline of the Engineering Manual EM 385-1-1:

Safety and Health Requirements Manual

Table of Contents

Section 1 - Program Management
Section 2 - Sanitation
Section 3 - Medical and First Aid Requirements
Section 4 - Temporary Facilities
Section 5 - Personal Protective and Safety Equipment
Section 6 - Hazardous Substances, Agents, and Environments
Section 7 - Lighting
Section 8 - Accident Prevention Signs, Tags, Labels, and Signals and Piping System Identification, and Traffic Control
Section 9 - Fire Prevention and Protection
Section 10 - Welding and Cutting

Section 11 - Electrical
Section 12 - Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
Section 13 - Hand and Power Tools
Section 14 - Material Handling, Storage, and Disposal
Section 15 - Rigging
Section 16 - Machinery and Mechanized Equipment
Section 17 - Conveyors
Section 18 - Motor Vehicles and Aircraft
Section 19 - Floating Plant and Marine Activities
Section 20 - Pressurized Equipment and Systems

Section 21 - Safe Access and Fall Protection
Section 22 - Work Platforms
Section 23 - Demolition
Section 24 - Floor and Wall Holes and Openings
Section 25 - Excavations
Section 26 - Underground Construction (Tunnels), Shafts and Caissons
Section 27 - Concrete and Masonry Construction and Steel Erection
Section 28 - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency
Response (HAZWOPER)
Section 29 - Blasting
Section 30 - Contract Diving Operations
Section 31 - Tree Maintenance and Removal
Section 32 - Airfield Operations

Appendix A - Minimum Basic Outline for Accident Prevention Plan
Appendix B - Emergency Recovery Operations
Appendix C - Guidelines for Control of Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica and Abrasive Blasting
Appendix D - Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program
Appendix E - Woodworking Machinery Guarding
Appendix F - Rigging Inspection and Removal Criteria
Appendix G - Procedures for the Examination and Qualification of USACE Crane Operators
Appendix H - Crane and Derrick Inspection Criteria
Appendix I - Crane Testing, Requirements for Performance Tests
Appendix J - Ladders, Ramps, Stairs and Fixed Ladders
Appendix K - Cranes, Derricks, and Hooks
Appendix L - Scaffolds, Work Stands, and Platforms
Appendix M - USACE Process for Requesting Interpretations
Appendix N - USACE Process for Requesting Waivers/Variances
Appendix O - Manning Levels for Dive Teams
Appendix P - Recommended Safe Practices for Tree Maintenance and Removal Operations
Appendix Q - Definitions
Appendix R - Metric Conversion Table
Appendix S - References and Resources

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Industrial Safety Company
Fall Protection Systems Inc.

Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.