College of Architecture and Environmental Design


Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management




Thomas F. Kommer, Philip Barlow


The end goal of this research-based project is to evaluate whether an OSHA-30 integrated lab course would be beneficial to Cal Poly’s Construction Management (CM) program and how it might also benefit the construction industry. The research conducted will be to interpret whether or not there is a need for this type of class to be included into the Construction Management Curriculum. Along with data research, two separate surveys were conducted, one survey taken by the Cal Poly Construction Management student population and the other survey taken by industry professionals. Additionally, a fellow Construction Management student, Mathew Bramlett, is working on the deliverables such as a course syllabus, lab topics, and assessments of the proposed lab class. After analyzing the data, discussing the need of a course that solely focuses on safety, and referring to my own past experiences, I have concluded implementing an OSHA-30 integrated lab topics course will be worthwhile for future Cal Poly Construction Management students and the construction industry. The purpose of this course will be to have students get their OSHA-30 certificate while taking the proposed class and conduct labs based on topics covered in the OSHA-30 program. The reason is that students will hopefully know more about safety before they start their professional careers, so they can identify and stop accidents from happening before they happen and keep workers and the public safe.