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Integrating Occupational Safety and Health Training into Career Technical Education in Construction

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 30% increase in construction employment from 2010 to 2020. This means that there will be many new and young workers entering the construction industry.  One important way to better protect and prepare these workers is to strengthen the occupational safety and health (OSH) training they get through construction classes offered in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, but there is little information describing the quality and extent of OSH training in school-based CTE in construction, especially at the community and technical college level.  The purpose of this study is to help address this information gap by conducting a preliminary scan of OSH training in CTE programs at both the high school and community and technical college levels, focusing on the extent of OSH integration in CTE systems, the barriers and gaps in integration, and how best to share new information with this community of instructors. 

Diane Bush, Karen Andrews, July 2013
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013