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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Safety and Health

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences


12 hours.


April 2011 – Present.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define the following terms: benching, competent person, cross braces, excavation, hazardous atmosphere, sheeting, shield, slope ratio, sloping, trench, uprights and wales; describe three warning signs of a possible trench cave-in; describe two types of protective systems for excavations; describe the soil characteristics of type A, B, and C soil, and state the sloping requirements for each soil type; list the OSHA requirements for access and egress from excavations, given a set of construction scenarios, determine the access/egress requirements for each scenario (to within an accuracy of at least 80%); given the proper tools and equipment and working in teams, demonstrate the installation of timber tight shoring, shoring with screw jack bracing, and hydraulic shoring, according to the guidelines in this course.


Major topics are designed for workers who work in trenches and excavations. Students learn about OSHA’s standards for building protective systems in trenches and excavations, and other regulations to ensure safety on a job site. Students also learn how to install different kinds of protective systems, with special emphasis placed on following proper techniques and developing safe work habits.

Credit recommendation:

In the associate/certificate degree category, 1 semester hour in Construction Technology (4/16) (4/21 revalidation).