College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Andrew Kline, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Since 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was designed to create a safe workplace for everyone, has increased safety awareness, and decreased occurrences of injury and death on construction-related job sites. Until 2001, construction safety education was taught through face-to-face interaction between an instructor and an employee. However, in 2001, safety courses became available through multiple online platforms with the ability to be completed virtually. Online safety courses provide an alternative from face-to-face training and allow the employee to complete the training at their own pace. However, some research indicates that online safety courses are not as effective in training employees on the skills necessary to identify and mitigate unsafe working conditions. Utilizing a quantitative survey, a wide variety of Cal Poly construction management students, who completed ClickSafety's OSHA-10 online course, took a quiz designed to test their knowledge of OSHA-10 course material. The survey results suggest that the majority of students are not retaining the information addressed in the online safety course. The findings of this case study demonstrate the need for more research to determine the effectiveness of online safety courses.

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