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Capitol Tech. Celebrates National Safety Month Year-Round with Comprehensive Programs

As businesses begin to see positive results from or potential flaws in their COVID-19 response plans, workplace safety remains at the forefront of everyone’s mind. That’s why this year’s National Safety Month which takes place every June, could not have come at a more opportune time.

The National Safety Council (NSC), “the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate,” champions and annually recognizes National Safety Month because of their focus “on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.1

Each year, the NSC identifies one pressing topic to become the theme of the national month though this year is different. Instead of focusing on one theme, NSC says they will “shine a spotlight on pressing topics, including, but not limited to: Mental Health, Ergonomics, Building a Safety Culture, and Driving.1

According to the NSC website, “in 2018, the U.S. 167,127 preventable deaths” and “46.5 million injuries”2.

Because there will always be workplaces and, subsequently, always workplace injuries, Capitol Tech has developed a variety of programs which specifically address workplace safety issues and incorporate them into other related programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Safety focuses on imparting students with an understanding of the requirements necessary to succeed in wide range of safety careers in construction-related fields. To ensure graduates of the program are ready to identify and mitigate risks in the workplace upon graduation, students will acquire a strong foundation in construction, safety, risk management, and management skills.

The Master of Science (MS) in Construction Safety, offered completely online in an 8-week format, prepares students to create a safe work environment in construction industries despite a high hazard industry comprised of a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. Graduates of this program learn to enforce a safe environment while construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos. This comprehensive program is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Health and Safety is designed to provide industry professionals with an opportunity to conduct the in-depth research and investigation needed to develop solutions to meet a wide variety of industry needs. Through this research-based, online doctorate, student engage in research and publishing without limitations inherent in traditional coursework models. While completing the program students aid in the creation of new knowledge and ideas and become prepared for a variety of leadership roles in occupational health and safety, or for teaching roles in higher education.

In addition to these degrees which specifically address safety in the workplace, Capitol also incorporates safety and protective protocols in other programs under the umbrella of Construction, Facilities and Safety including Capitol Tech’s Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Construction Management and Critical Infrastructure, Master of Science (MS) in Construction Cybersecurity, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Emergency and Protective Services.

In addition to the usual safety efforts of the NSC and National Safety Month, the NSC has created a new campaign called SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns3.

Capitol Tech. believes that construction safety careers are always a safe bet. No matter what the circumstances are–a pandemic or a workplace spill­–our programs prepare students to lead the future.

References

  1. National Safety Council. (2020). June is National Safety Month. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/get-involved/national-safety-month.
  2. National Safety Council. (2018). National Safety Council Injury Facts. Retrieved from https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/.
  3. National Safety Council. (2020). SAFER Guides Employers as U.S. Ponders Reopening. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/safe-actions-for-employee-returns-safer.