Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT®)

The fundamental aspects of construction work site safety


According to WorkSafe Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan has one of the highest workplace injury rates in all of Canada. But the safety atmosphere throughout the province and the construction industry in particular has been changing. This change is largely due to the fact that consumers are quickly beginning to see the correlation between companies that take the time to do things safely and companies that produce higher quality products. Companies, in turn, are quickly realizing that safety can give them the competitive edge, creating a drive toward more effective safety cultures.

Although there are many strategies for increasing safety in the workplace, one of the most effective methods has consistently proven to be safety training. Putting the tools and information into the hands of the workers provides companies with the foundational knowledge and skills required to meet deadlines, complete projects, and deliver products both safely and well.

The Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT®) program was created to provide quality safety training to construction employers and workers that will lead to reduced human and financial loss associated with injuries in the construction industry. This program is an interactive, online training course composed of 13 modules, each focused on a different fundamental aspect of work site safety. The program’s intention is to introduce you to important topics that you will encounter when you begin work on a construction site.

After completing this SCOT course, an understanding should be gained of:

  • Basic health and safety information related to the construction workplace
  • Important rules and legislation specific to the construction industry
  • Necessary information for beginning work on a construction site in Saskatchewan

This SCOT orientation is designed specifically for Saskatchewan construction workers; however, many of the topics covered apply to all construction workers across the country.

The Safety Construction Orientation Training course is presented with voice-over narration and features photographs, enhanced visuals, videos, interactive click-to-reveal activities, and module exams to enhance the educational experience. The course also provides you with instructions on how to navigate the course within the course player.


The SCOT program begins with an introductory module that describes the content, purpose, and important practical information necessary to help you navigate through the training experience.

Work Site Law

In this module, you will become familiar with the Saskatchewan legislation that protects workers’ health and safety on the work site. This module also covers:

  • The three rights of workers
  • Specific Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation that protects the health and safety of workers
  • The legal and ethical responsibilities of workers and employers
  • Common incidents that occur on work sites
  • Incident reporting requirements
  • Safety meetings and communication methods used to communicate safety issues to workers

Workplace Hazards

Workplace hazards create unnecessary risk of injury or illness for workers. Therefore, hazard recognition is key for reducing risks in the workplace. This module covers:

  • Common construction hazards
  • Sources of hazards
  • How to conduct a hazard assessment
  • The steps to hazard control

Managing Work Site Conditions and Equipment

Many work site hazards are a result of the mishandling of materials, tools, or equipment. This module covers:

  • Typical conditions on Saskatchewan work sites
  • The hazards associated with housekeeping
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards
  • The hazards of tools and equipment
  • General tool and equipment safety guidelines
  • Procedures for dealing with substandard equipment
  • Dangers associated with rotating machinery, power or air-activated tools, and powder-actuated tools

Personal Physical Care and Conduct

In this module, you will become familiar with ways to care for your body and prevent injuries. This module also covers:

  • How physical health impacts your ability to successfully do your job
  • Strategies to take care of your health and avoid injuries
  • The benefits of physical activity and nutrition
  • How to protect yourself against extreme weather conditions
  • The impact of drugs and alcohol
  • Professional behaviour and conduct on the work site


In this module, you’ll be introduced to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). This module also covers:

  • The purpose of WHMIS
  • The responsibilities of workers, suppliers, and employers as outline in WHMIS
  • WHMIS labelling requirements
  • The role of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Strategies to protect yourself when working with hazardous materials

Powered Mobile Equipment

In this module, we will examine the safe operation of powered mobile equipment (PME). This module also covers:

  • Types of powered mobile equipment
  • Saskatchewan-specific PME operator training requirements
  • How to conduct a pre-job walk-around inspection
  • How to work safely around powered mobile equipment

Ladder and Scaffold Safety

In this module, we will examine the safe use of ladders and scaffolding. This module also covers:

  • Types of ladders and scaffolds
  • How to identify and understand ladder labels
  • Correct setup, usage, and contraction procedures for ladders
  • Construction and usage procedures for scaffolds
  • How to identify and understand scaffold tags

Fall Protection

Falls result in many serious injuries each year. The building construction industry in Saskatchewan alone experiences between 400 and 500 falls resulting in compensation claims each year. This module covers:

  • Basic fall protection equipment used on the construction site
  • Worker and employer responsibilities regarding working at heights
  • Fall protection components
  • Common fall protection inspection points

Environmental Safety

Many chemicals and dangerous substances are used on work sites. When not handled correctly, these substances can pose a threat to workers, the public, as well as the environment—including plant and animal life. This module covers:

  • Types of pollutants found in the construction industry
  • What to do in the case of an accidental release of hazardous material
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) requirements

Excavating and Trenching

Trenching and excavating are common practices in the construction industry, and many different hazards are associated with these activities. This module covers:

  • Trenching and excavation hazards
  • Soil types and their properties
  • Safety precautions for digging operations

Defensive Driving

In the construction industry, you may be required to drive motor vehicles from home to your work site and sometimes on the work site itself. Because it is imperative that you take the necessary care while driving, this module covers:

  • Saskatchewan-specific driving legislation
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Typical causes of motor vehicle accidents

Personal Protective Equipment

In this module, you will become familiar with the Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations pertaining to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This module also covers:

  • The role of PPE on the job
  • Basic PPE required for the construction industry
  • Situations when specialized PPE is required

Emergency Response

Being prepared for emergencies is an important part of work site safety. This module covers:

  • The importance and key elements of emergency response plans
  • How to access first aid on the work site
  • Basic fire safety and firefighting techniques


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 3 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 100%.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.