Underground Construction

The construction of underground tunnels, chambers, shafts, and passageways involve dangers. To assist employers in providing safety and protecting health of underground construction workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a number of guidance documents. These also include regulations for underground construction, found in Part 1926, and section 800 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1926.800).

Goals of the Course

This course will provide general guidelines for recognizing the potential hazards of underground construction of tunnels and chambers as well as the methods taken to prevent or reduce exposure to the hazards.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for general industry.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for construction sector.

HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA guidelines.

Audience Specified

The targeted audience of this course are engineers, safety inspectors, and construction managers.

Learning Outcome:

10 –Hour General Construction Training Topics:

Module 1


Module 2

Construction Operations Covered by the OSHA Standard

Module 3

Employers and Employees Covered by the OSHA Standard

Module 4

Requirements of the OSHA Standard

Module 5

The Need for a “Competent Person”

Module 6

Notification and Communication Requirements

Module 7

Site Control Procedures

Module 8

Ventilation Requirements

Module 9

Illumination Requirements

Module 10

Special Air Monitoring Requirements

Module 11

Special Conditions for Drilling and Blasting Underground

Module 12

Special Requirements for Using Cranes and Hoists Underground

Module 13

Potential Hazards That Require Special Precautions

Module 14

Gassy or Potentially Gassy Operations

Module 15

Emergency Procedures

Module 16

Recordkeeping Requirements

Module 17

OSHA Assistance

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