Your Construction Safety Program: Safe Students. Safe Workers.

Each year, 2-year post-secondary Career Technical Education (CTE) programs train roughly 78,000 students to enter this dynamic field.

Workers in construction need to be prepared to work safely in changing, hazard-filled environments, armed with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their co-workers. Safety skills are critical employability skills, and well-trained workers help save their employers the high human and financial costs of injuries. In addition to apprenticeship programs, one of the few places new construction workers gain these critical employment skills are in construction programs at community colleges and technical schools. Providing effective safety and health education to students in these programs is essential to ensuring future workers return safe and healthy to their families.

Safety Happens in Systems. Injuries in construction do not just happen because someone is careless one day. Whether it is out in the field or in the community college classroom, safety depends on systems that are established by leadership at schools and by contractors out on the jobsite. CTE administrators and instructors in construction programs are critical to establishing Safety and Health Management Systems that will protect and prepare new and young construction workers.

Get the Guide

This guide shares data from a recent study on the current state of safety and health education in post-secondary construction CTE programs. It provides action steps CTE administrators and instructors can take to strengthen their programs.


  • “20 Questions” Handouts: for Administrators and Instructors to use for group discussion or professional development workshops on the guide.
  • Resources listed in the Guide.


This research and outreach project was conducted in partnership with West Virginia University, and was advised and supported throughout by the following organizations:



This project was supported by CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, through Coopertiave Agreement Number U-60-OH009762, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).