Do OSHA 10/30-Hours Training Programs Revamp the Safety Attitudes of Construction Workers?

Mostafa Namian, Mohammadsoroush Tommy Tafazzoli, Sharareh Sherri Kermanshachi, Yilei Huang

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Abstract

Safety attitude plays a major role in the safety performance of construction workers. Research has demonstrated that a positive safety attitude decreases the likelihood of workers' unsafe behavior. Unsafe behavior is reportedly accountable for the majority of construction accidents. The construction industry, unfortunately, suffers from high rates of fatal and non-fatal accidents, and workers' safety performance enhancement is essential to prevent accidents in workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers safety training, among which OSHA 10-h and OSHA 30-h programs are the most recognized and prevalent training. Extensive research studies have evaluated the effectiveness of such training programs. However, the impact of these outreach courses on the safety attitude of construction workers has not been investigated. Therefore, this article aims to examine the impact of OSHA 10/30-h construction training on the safety attitude. One-hundred and seventeen construction workers in the United States were recruited, and their safety attitude was measured using a standard questionnaire. Among the participants, 56 (48%) had participated in OSHA 10 and/or OSHA 30, and the rest of the workers asserted they did not attend such training courses. The results of the t-Tests show a statistically significant difference among workers' safety attitudes, indicating that OSHA 10/30-h training succeeded in changing the safety attitude of workers for the better (cognitive and behavioral). Given the importance of safety attitude, the study's findings urge the safety trainers, professionals, and policymakers to incorporate safety attitude enhancement elements to OSHA 10/30 agendas and advance their training effectiveness to improve construction safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages679-687
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483985
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2022Mar 12 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume4-D

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period3/9/223/12/22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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