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Determining the effectiveness of mandatory construction safety awareness training in Western Australia

This 2010-2011 study reviewing mandatory pre-site safety training in the construction industry in WA found that the construction sector values the Construction Induction Training. Participants were supportive of the mandatory nature of the training and believed that it had not only increased their personal safety awareness but had contributed to a positive improvement in the safety culture on construction worksites.

Research questions

  • How effective has the Construction Induction Training certification system been for the industry?
  • How effective have the Construction Induction Training practices been for the industry?
  • How has the Construction Induction Training system impacted upon organisations and safety in the industry?

Research methods

The study, used a mixed mode data collection within an action learning methodology, focussed on collecting industry perceptions of the value and effectiveness of the training, the associated relevance of the training and the subsequent workplace impact.Researchers

A/Prof Llandis Barratt-Pugh, Chief Investigator
Dr Susanne Bahn, Chief Investigator

Funding body

Faculty of Business and Law starter grant and Edith Cowan University Industry Collaboration Scheme grant – with contributions from the Construction Training Fund.

Industry partner

Construction Training Fund

Timeline

Pilot: January 2010 - December 2010
Subsequent study: January 2011 – December 2011

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