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March 20th, 2019 at 11am PST, 2:00pm EST. The labor force in the United States is rapidly growing older. Older workers are more vulnerable to risks at worksites due to possible declining cognitive and physical abilities with age. Therefore, this trend of an aging workforce is a significant challenge for occupational safety and health as […]
Falls are a leading cause of injury and death. This video – developed by the Roofing r2p Partnership (National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers & Allied Workers, and CPWR) – focuses on ladder safety during roofing work and shows how the free National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) […]
Partnerships for Environmental Public Education (PEPH) interviewed CPWR’s Chris Trahan Cain about the significant risks that opioids pose to worker health and safety, and how different agencies and nonprofit organizations are working to address these concerns. Listen at: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/translational/peph/podcasts/2019/jan24_opioids/index.cfm.
NAHB gears up for 2019 Falls Safety Stand-Down with Fall Protection Training for Residential Construction
The National Association of Home Builders’ Fall Protection training program will help employees and employers identify and avoid fall hazards encountered during home building operations, the prevention of falls, solutions to protect against and arrest falls, and the rescue of a fallen worker. Participants will be able to: Recognize common fall hazards in residential construction. […]
Originally presented on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 – 12pm EST by: Wayne B. Gray, Professor of Economics, Clark University and Executive Director, Boston Federal Statistical Research Data Center, and John Mendeloff, Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh This 30 minute webinar describes the variation in construction industry fatality […]
Working outside in cold, wet, icy, or snowy conditions can lead to serious health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite. CPWR maintains a list of resources containing information and handouts on working safely in cold weather. View at: https://www.cpwr.com/research/working-in-cold-weather
The CDC recently published the article, Opioid Prescribing Rates in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties Among Primary Care Providers Using an Electronic Health Record System — United States, 2014–2017, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The authors looked at differences in prescribing rates among six urban-rural county classifications across the US before and after the […]
Opioids are often prescribed to help manage pain. CPWR’s Physicians’ Alert: Pain Management for Construction Workers was developed to help ensure that all construction workers who visit a doctor or other healthcare provider because of pain from an injury are aware of treatment options and understand the potential risks of addiction associated with using prescription […]
The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) recently published an article written by CPWR’s Eileen Betit that highlights the cost of overexertion injuries in the construction industry and describes the Best Built Plans program aimed at helping the industry engage in materials handling practices that are good for business and safer for employees. Read more at http://www.cfmabponline.net/cfmabp/20180910?pg=17#pg17.
The number of trenching fatalities has greatly increased over the last few years, making it a priority area for those in construction safety and health to address. The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program (OR-FACE) recently published a report on the investigation of a fatality resulting from a trench collapse, which contains 7 prevention recommendations […]
The 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls will take place the week of May 6-10, 2019. The Stand-Down was conceived by OSHA in 2014 as part of the National Falls Campaign to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them. It’s an opportunity for employers to pause work and […]
The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was started in 2012 by OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR, with the addition of the annual Safety Stand-Down occurring in 2014. Since that time, thousands of companies have instituted or improved their jobsite fall prevention programs, and millions of workers have paused work during a Stand-Down to learn more about […]
Via the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) — A key to improving the safety and health of construction workers is ensuring that they are trained to understand and identify the hazards associated with their work so that they can be mitigated or eliminated. Toolbox Talks are one widely used training tool wherein workers participate in […]
Over thirty million construction workers are exposed to hazardous noise conditions on a regular basis. In honor of National Protect Your Hearing Month this past August, BigRentz created an infographic that compares common construction noise to everyday sounds to put the risk of loud noise into perspective. It also highlights exposure limits for construction tasks […]
Electrocution is a significant cause of fatal injuries at work. This report from the National Fire Protection Association examines fatal work injuries of contract workers between 2012 and 2016. Due to the growth of temporary workers in the labor force in recent years, there has been substantial attention in recent years to special health and […]
CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training has recently developed a new website called the Exposure Control Database. This online tool helps construction health and safety practitioners predict worker exposure to four major hazards including silica, noise, welding fumes, and lead based on a combination of work factors like task, tool, and material. […]
In preparation for the multiple tropical storms, typhoons, and hurricanes that are currently active in the Pacific Ocean (Typhoon Mangkhut, Hurricane Olivia, and Tropical Storm Paul) and Atlantic Ocean (Hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene), OSHA reminds everyone of their Hurricane Preparedness and Response Webpage, which outlines several links on preparedness and response and recovery. OSHA’s Worker Safety […]
In August, OSHA released updated FAQs and other resources to help employers and workers understand the requirements under the Silica Standard for the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926.1153). CPWR has added these materials to the Work Safely with Silica website and planning tool, and updated the tip sheet, “Table 1 – Equipment Names and Best Practice […]
Conducting a literature review? Looking for past research on a specific hazard? Before you dig any further, check out CPWR’s collection of Annotated Bibliographies. Organized by topics such as Asphalt, Falls, Prevention thru Design, and Older Workers, each bibliography provides a comprehensive list and overview of available interdisciplinary research published in that area. Access the […]
Originally Presented on Thursday, August 23rd by: Clayton Sinyai, Communications Research Manager, CPWR Are your construction safety and health handouts and training materials getting the point across to your readers? CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training has used lessons from health communications experts to review more than 100 handouts, brochures and pamphlets […]
New OH&S Magazine Article: Take Matters into Your Own Hands: Understanding Hand Injuries in the Workplace
Hand injuries including cuts, strained muscles and tendons, damaged nerves, skin disorders, and burns can impact the quality of work, productivity – and even end careers. According to the Occupational Safety & Health article, the BLS states that over 1 million workers are sent to the emergency room with hand injuries each year, but they […]
OSHA Region 6 Partners with Local Organizations to Host Houston Area Conference & Find Solid Safety Solutions
OSHA’s Region 6 is hosting the second biennial OSHA Construction Safety and Health Conference on September 13-14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. While Region 6 is hosting the event, it is open to anyone around the country with an interest in construction safety and health. Attendees will learn about new safety products, processes, and technology in […]
CPWR Recorded Webinar: Best built plans: preventing injury & improving productivity by reducing manual materials handling
Manually lifting and moving heavy materials on job sites can result in strain, sprain, and related soft tissue injuries. These types of injuries cost businesses billions of dollars and are a leading cause of disabling injuries in the construction industry. CPWR’s new Best Built Plans program responds to this issue by providing contractors and workers with practical tools and […]
OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week may be over, but the Campaign is continuing all year long. To learn more visit https://www.osha.gov/safeandsound. To order free hardhat stickers to use during your Campaign efforts, please complete this form.
A new article in Safety & Health Magazine focuses on results from a CPWR study on hearing loss looking at Building Trades Medical Screening Program data from more than 19,000 workers previously employed at Department of Energy nuclear power sites. The researchers found that 58 percent of the former construction workers had some form of hearing loss and, […]
Electrical hazards are a potential source of injury to workers in a wide array of work environments. Occupations that routinely involve electrical work are the most obvious populations at risk for electrical injury, but virtually any environment that utilizes electrical equipment or is conducted near electrical installations may involve exposure to hazardous energy. This report […]
Hearing loss is a serious problem for workers in the construction industry, with three out of every four construction workers being overexposed to noise on a jobsite. In order to understand more about noise exposure and hearing loss prevention, CPWR used its Trainers and Researchers United Network (TRU-Net) to conduct multi-trade surveys of trainers and […]
Occupations that routinely involve electrical work are the most obvious populations at risk for electrical injury, but virtually any environment that utilizes electrical equipment or is conducted near electrical installations may involve exposure to hazardous energy. This report from the National Fire Protection Association provides an overview of fatal electrical injuries at work in 2012-2016. […]
The sixth edition of The Construction Chart Book – The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers continues to present the most complete data available on all facets of the U.S. construction industry: economic, demographic, employment/income, education/training, and safety and health issues, plus much more all in one place. This NEW edition not only offers on-demand access to the charts […]
One of the challenges facing women in the construction industry is finding personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits properly. Oversized protective clothing can lead to tripping hazards or get caught in machinery and result in a serious injury. Poorly fitted fall protection harnesses may lead to other injuries or may not be effective in the […]
The NIOSH Sound Level Meter mobile application is a tool to measure sound levels in the workplace and provide noise exposure parameters to help reduce occupational noise-induced hearing loss.
Presented by: Safe+Sound – Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Standards & Guidance FSL – Linda Goldenhar, Director, Evaluation & Research, CPWR S-CATsc – Tom Shanahan, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management, National Roofing Contractors Association, and Keith J. Vitkovich, Executive Director, Roofers & Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund CPWR is proud […]
Researchers interviewed workers, contractors and engineers who install solar systems on small buildings to identify choices during the design process that can reduce worker exposure to injury during construction.
OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign encourages every workplace in the US to have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a proactive approach to finding and fixing hazards. Visit their website, or those of other Campaign organizers like CPWR, for useful resources.
A new report from Dodge Data & Analytics summarizes the impact of new technologies on safety in the workplace and how those safety investments benefit contractors.
The newly updated 2.5-hour Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) module fills a long-standing need to provide leadership skills training.
WVU & UC Berkeley researchers recently completed a project and subsequent guide identifying elements of effective health and safety education in CTE programs.
New OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable white paper, " Proposed Strategies for the Occupational Safety and Health Community to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction."
OSHA has consolidated key resources related to worker safety and health hazards and protective measures in disaster response and recovery efforts in these resources.
On Demand Webinar: Protecting Workers in Enclosed Cabs from Silica Exposure: Leveraging Research from the Mining Industry
Hear from OSHA about the requirements for enclosed cabs under Table 1 of the new silica standard, and from NIOSH on how lessons from mining industry research can help you comply.
CPWR & NIEHS have produced a series of training materials for workers exposed to hazards on disaster sites, including a smart phone app for easy access to safety information.