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Course 815 Certificate
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Modules: 9
Hours: 5
Sector: Construction

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Demolition is the dismantling, razing, destroying or wrecking of any building or structure or any part thereof. Demolition work involves many of the hazards associated with construction. However, demolition involves additional hazards due to unknown factors which makes demolition work particularly dangerous. This course includes information on demolition safety and the elements of a demolition safety program, as detailed in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart T Demolition.

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Key Topics

  • Demolition Program Elements
  • Contractor Preparation
  • Engineering Survey and Report
  • Locating Utilities
  • Worker Training
  • Fire Prevention and Protection Planning
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Medical Services, First Aid, and Security
  • Structural Instabilities
  • Unsecured Work Areas
  • Safe Work Practices in Confined Spaces
  • Demolition of Pre-stressed Concrete Structures
  • Special Structures Demolition
  • Removing Debris and Cleanup
  • Controlling Asbestos
  • Silica Exposure

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Contractor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Course Introduction


From 2009 to 2013, OSHA issued nearly 1,000 citations for violations of OSHA's construction demolition standards.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in its ANSI A10.6-1983 - Safety Requirements For Demolition Operations states:

"No employee shall be permitted in any area that can be adversely affected when demolition operations are being performed. Only those employees necessary for the performance of the operations shall be permitted in these areas."

Removal/Demolition Safety
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“Demolition workers face many hazards and their lives should not be sacrificed because of deliberate neglect of demolition fundamentals," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Employers must ensure that all workers involved in a demolition project are fully aware of hazards and safety precautions before work begins and as it progresses."

Demolition work involves many of the same hazards associated with construction work. However, demolition also poses additional hazards due to unknown factors such as: deviations from the structure's original design, approved or unapproved modifications that altered the original design, materials hidden within structural members, and unknown strengths or weaknesses of damaged materials.

To counter these unknowns, all personnel involved in a demolition project need to be fully aware of these types of hazards and the safety precautions available to control these hazards. This Safety & Health course includes information on demolition safety and the elements of a demolition safety program, as detailed in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart T – Demolition.

Course 815 Final Exam

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

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Course 815 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.


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