About the Network
There are many individuals and organizations concerned about improving safety and health in the construction industry, and each one has their own network of individuals and organizations they are able to reach. But what happens when the audience you want to reach isn’t in your network or that of your connections? CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training developed this online network for the construction industry to improve the connections between individuals and organizations interested in advancing safety and health in construction, and to enhance the collective reach of those individuals and organizations. This Network aims to bring together researchers, trainers, safety & health professionals, and stakeholders from all industry segments in order to:
- Provide a central way to effectively share information, materials, and solutions to a broader audience
- Increase capacity for taking action and effecting change
- Encourage and provide new opportunities for greater coordination among researchers and stakeholders
- Improve the research community’s and industry’s ability to respond to emerging hazards
We encourage you to review the content, share your research, browse the network, and create a profile of your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who can join the Network?
Anyone interested in advancing safety & health in the construction industry. We hope to keep the Network varied and hyphenated and therefore encourage everyone – researchers, trainers, safety & health professionals, insurance representatives, contractors, union representatives, etc. – to join.
2. Do I need a profile to access the site or share materials?
No, the entire site is open. However, if you create a profile and log in it will make sharing articles with your network and new content for the site easier. It also makes it easier for you to contact us and find potential collaborators.
3. What are the benefits of creating a profile in the Network Directory?
The main purpose of the Network Directory is to provide an easy way to identify individuals with interest in or specific expertise on a topic, as well as collaborators. By creating a profile you ensure that your name comes up when others are searching for contacts on a particular topic or hazard. Based on the information in your profile, you may be provided with exciting new opportunities to conduct or participate in research or outreach efforts that overlap with your existing work or interests. But other members won’t be able to find you if you don’t have a profile! Creating a profile also makes it easier for you to stay up to date on new information posted on the site. When you create your profile you can sign up to receive email alerts based on your interests. You can customize your preferences and receive emails when you want, on the topics you want to hear about.
4. How do I share information with the Network?
You can share content by completing the Share Content form. Remember to provide a link or upload the content you’d like to share.
5. I want to become a Network member, but I have privacy concerns about creating a profile.
Profiles have customizable settings so your contact information can be hidden. CPWR will act as an intermediary and notify you if other users wish to contact you.
6. What type of information can I share with the Network?
Materials that will advance safety and health in construction can be shared. If you are a researcher this may include new research findings or outputs you wish to disseminate. If you are a trainer or contractor this may include a new or useful training module or a presentation on a hazard. CPWR will vet all materials prior to posting to make sure they are relevant and appropriate, and that any proposed solutions, including both work practices and equipment, are research-or-evidence-based. CPWR reserves the right to accept or decline all content.
7. How can the Network Directory be used?
The Directory can be used in several ways. For example:
- A journalist doing stories on a construction hazard, injury or fatality may use it to identify researchers who have studied the issue.
- A contractor might use it to find researchers or other stakeholders investigating a hazard that your company and employees are struggling with.
- Researchers might use it to find stakeholders or other researchers interested in collaborating on a specific project.