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ASSP Creates Online Resource for Construction Safety

Construction and demolition sites present some of the most hazardous conditions for workers anywhere. The construction industry consistently has one of the highest injury and fatality rates. To help the industry address these challenges, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has launched a new web-based library of content that brings a comprehensive collection of education materials and resources to the forefront. It’s the first of multiple industry-focused information hubs ASSP expects to introduce as the Society reimagines workplace safety and health education in the COVID-19 era and beyond.

“Safety professionals in construction now have a great resource for guidance on identifying and controlling risks to improve productivity and keep workers safe,” said ASSP President-Elect Brad Giles, P.E., CSP, STS, FASSP, GIOSH, a longtime safety expert in the construction field. “This approach enables ASSP to expand its reach and is ideal for the next generation of safety professionals who seek best practices and prefer online learning.”

The construction safety resource is a sustainable model that allows ASSP to reach safety professionals worldwide with high-quality content that is focused on their specific industry. The first two eLearning modules target the most common safety issues faced in construction – fall protection and safety management. Web visitors will find articles, videos, blogs, podcasts, infographics, webinars, checklists, quizzes and other learning opportunities. That includes information on SafetyFOCUS: Construction, which kicks off ASSP’s virtual safety education series on Aug. 26-27 with access to 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) to help maintain professional certifications.

Construction safety professionals will also find information on how to advance their careers by getting involved in ASSP’s Construction Practice Specialty, a member community committed to advancing workplace safety through networking and educational opportunities for peers who face the same challenges.

“Building a better safety program in construction is a more viable goal with this innovative tool that brings vast information to your fingertips,” said Matthew Palmeri, CSP, ASP, CHST, administrator of ASSP’s Construction Practice Specialty. “I’m excited about what construction safety professionals can do with this online offering.”