During ninth term of apprenticeship, students are enrolled in the OSHA 30 outreach training program. One of the required course topics is a 2-hour lesson on safety and health management. The lesson curriculum draws from OSHA’s newly revised Recommended Practices for S & H Management in Construction, and a new Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) developed jointly with CPWR and Washington State University.

The S-CAT is a free online resource available to construction contractors who want tailored and actionable information to improve the safety of every worker at the job site. The S-CAT allows a company to obtain information regarding employee safety perceptions. These safety perceptions provide a snapshot view of the company’s job site safety climate.  A strong job site safety climate has a positive impact on a company’s overall safety culture, just as a strong safety culture positively affects job site safety climate.

Feedback is provided on 8 leading indicators of safety climate that have been shown to be predictive of employee injury rates. With just a few clicks, company employees can anonymously answer questions about each indicator, and then receive a personalized feedback report with benchmarking and comparative information indicating their current areas of success and ideas for making improvements. 

Over the course of 2017, I had 73 students complete the S-CAT and their responses were largely on par with the benchmark average for the other 978 responses from other construction employers in the database.


The numbers 1-8 in the chart and table below pertain to the following 8 leading indicators:
1. Demonstrating Management Commitment
2. Aligning and Integrating Safety as a Value
3. Accountability
4. Supervisory Leadership
5. Empowering and Involving Employees
6. Improving Communication

7. Training at all Levels
8. Owner/Client Involvement

S CAT Results

 The full report provides analysis for each of the 8 indicators. Contact me if you would like a copy.
I plan to continue these surveys during 2018, but have the report compare responses from students working for small, medium, and large sized contractors.