Safety in Construction

By Prof. J. Uma Maheswari   |   IIT Delhi
Learners enrolled: 6703
This course aims to make the students well-versed with the latest safety and health regulations and the Indian Standards applicable to the construction industry.
At the end of this course, the students will be able to plan, assess, analyze and manage the hazardous construction project sites.

Civil Engineering Students
PREREQUISITES : Not required
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Any Construction Industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 15 Feb 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 15 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

1:Basic terminology in safety, types of injuries, safety pyramid
2:Accident patterns, theories of accident-causation
3:Planning for safety budget, safety culture
4:Introduction to OSHA regulations
5:Role of stakeholders in safety
6:Site safety programs - Job hazard analysis, accident investigation & accident indices-violation, penalty
7: Safety during construction, alteration, demolition works – Earthwork, steel construction, temporary structures, masonry & concrete construction, cutting & welding
8:SoPs (Safe Operating Procedures) – Construction equipment, materials handling-disposal & hand tools
9:Other hazards – fire, confined spaces, electrical safety
10:BIM & safety

Books and references

1. Hinze, J.W. (1997) Construction Safety, Prentice Hall
2. MacCollum, D.V. (1995) Construction SafetyPlanning, John Wiley & Sons
3. Reese, C.D. & Eidson, J.V. (2006) Handbook ofOSHA Construction Safety and Health, Taylor & Francis.
4. Lingard, H. & Rowlinson, S. (2005) Occupationalhealth and Safety in Construction Project Management, Spon Press.
5. Holt, A.S.J. (2005) Principles of Construction Safety,Wiley-Blackwell Publishers
6. MacCollum, D.V. (2007) Construction Safety Engineering Principles, McGraw Hill Publishers
7. Bhattacharjee, S.K. (2011) Safety Management in Construction, Khanna Publishers
8. Li, R.Y.M. & Poon, S.W. (2013) Construction Safety, Springer Publishers
Few IS Codes & journal papers

Instructor bio

Prof. J. Uma Maheswari

IIT Delhi
Dr. J. Uma Maheswari is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Dr. J. Uma Maheswari is very active in teaching several undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in Construction Project Management at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. For several years, she was teaching three postgraduate programmes – Construction Engineering and Management (MHRD), Construction Technology and Management (L&T sponsor) and Metro Rail Transport: Technology & Management (DMRC sponsor). She was instrumental in developing and structuring the PG Diploma program in “Metro Rail Transport: Technology & Management”. She had graduated 60 MTech and 3 PhD students till date. Her passionate research topics are Design Management, Automation in Design and Construction. She was a recipient of Kusuma Outstanding Young faculty Fellowship offered at IIT Delhi for two years. Recognizing her academic contribution, Project Management Institute India has conferred on her the prestigious PMI India Young Research Scholar Award in 2015. She also received the CIDC Vishwakarma Award for Outstanding Academician category offered by Construction Industry Development Council in 2018. She has also received three best paper awards for Journal and Conference Publications apart from several prizes during her post-graduation

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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