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Construction Management Industry

Construction management is a professional discipline applied to construction planning, design, and process. Professional construction managers (CMs) address the needs of owners by providing management services and expertise tailored to the project, independent of the chosen contract format or project delivery method. CMs apply comprehensive project controls to help manage the critical issues of time, cost, scope, quality, and safety. They can help improve worker safety by integrating safety and health into all aspects of the construction process, from the design phase to jobsite management.

Hazards in construction management are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry.

OSHA Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to the construction management industry.

Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA’s Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Construction, use NAICS code 23 in the NAICS search box.

Standard Interpretations

Safety Resources

Construction work consists of a broad spectrum of activities, many of which are inherently dangerous. The following links, organized by topic, provide resources to assist professional managers in creating a safer work environment.


  • Asbestos. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Provides safety and health information relative to asbestos in the construction industry. The heaviest asbestos exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition.

  • Respiratory Protection. OSHA eTool. Helps employers and employees comply with the OSHA Respirator Standard. Contains helpful information on how to select a respirator appropriate to the exposure hazard, and how to develop a change schedule for gas/vapor cartridges.

  • The Asbestos Advisor 2.0. OSHA Expert System. Provides an introduction to the scope and logic of the regulation for the general industry, shipbuilding, and construction.

  • 29 CFR 1926.1101 OSHA's Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry. OSHA Slide Presentation, 80 slides. Addresses asbestos exposure in the workplace, including regulated areas, exposure assessments and monitoring, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, etc.

Concrete and Masonry

Cranes, Hoists, and Derricks

  • Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

  • Cranes. OSHA Steel Erection eTool. Contains a module specific to the regulations in the revised steel erection standard that apply to hoisting and rigging.

  • Crane Safety Awareness for Site Superintendents. OSHA Video. Discusses some of the hazards and risks involved in crane operations and identifies information managers should be familiar with if cranes are operating on their site.

Electrical Hazards

  • Electrical. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

  • Electrical Incidents. OSHA Construction eTool. Looks at electrical hazards on the construction site, from overhead power lines to ground-fault protection. Includes background information describing how electricity works and the kinds of human injuries it can cause.

Emergency Preparedness

Fall Protection

  • Fall Protection. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Provides safety and health information relevant to fall protection in the construction workplace. Each year, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry.

  • Falls. OSHA Construction eTool. Addresses fall hazards common to construction, including ladders, unguarded steel rebar, and unprotected sides, wall openings and floor holes.

  • Steel Erection. OSHA eTool.


Safety and Health Management

  • Safety & Health Management Systems. OSHA eTool. Use this eTool to discover the benefits of safety and health programs and to learn how to implement them in your business.

  • $afety Pays Program. OSHA. Assists employers in estimating the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the impact on a company's profitability.

  • Construction Safety: Choice or Chance. OSHA Video. Highlights the four leading causes of fatalities on construction sites and stresses the responsibility for safety as a joint effort of government, management, and employees.


  • Scaffolding. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

  • Scaffolding. OSHA eTool. Provides a comprehensive look at the OSHA Scaffolding Standard, with animations to help highlight key concepts, a slide presentation, and supplemental information on planking.

  • Falls. OSHA Construction eTool. Includes a page on the hazards of improper scaffold construction.

  • Scaffolding. OSHA Slide Presentation, 50 slides. Provides slides presenting information on OSHA scaffold standard and general requirements for all scaffolds.


  • Trenching and Excavation - Construction. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Provides safety and health information relevant to trenching and excavation. Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations.

  • Trenching and Excavation. OSHA Construction eTool. Discusses ways to control the hazards associated with trenching and excavation.


OSHA/State Offices

Safety and Health Programs

An effective safety and health program depends on the credibility of management's involvement in the program, inclusion of employees in safety and health decisions, rigorous worksite analysis to identify hazards and potential hazards, including those which could result from a change in worksite conditions or practices, stringent prevention and control measures, and thorough training. It addresses hazards whether or not they are regulated by government standards. The following references provide information that may help employers develop and implement a safety and health program.

Additional Information

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