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 event of a fall. CPWR has aggregated this list of examples of commercially-available PPE has been compiled to help employers and women in the trades find PPE that accommodates female anthropometry.
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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.
- Raises workers’ awareness about their work environment
- Helps workers make informed decisions about the potential hazards to their hearing
- Serves as a research tool to collect noise exposure data
- Promotes better hearing health and prevention efforts
- Easy to use
For more information and to download, visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/app.html.
- 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 to be a partner in OSHA’s Safe Workplace + Sound Business Campaign – a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. Learn about the Campaign and new tools and features of two popular CPWR resources that you can use to improve safety on your jobsites during this 1-hour webinar. The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) program, a free, OSHA 30-hour approved elective released in January 2017, has already been used to provide thousands of construction foremen and other lead workers with the skills and information needed to become effective safety leaders and to strengthen their jobsite safety climate. This webinar will introduce new FSL program resources and how to use them. The Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) website and free online tool allows contractors and their employees to assess and find ways to improve their jobsite safety climate. Working with the Roofing r2p Partnership, which includes the National Roofing Contractors Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, the tool was adapted for smaller construction companies. This webinar will introduce the S-CATsc and answer questions about which version is best for your company.
Solar technology has grown cheaper and more economically attractive in recent years, and a growing number of homeowners are having rooftop solar panels installed. Employees of the small to mid-sized contractors performing this work face unique safety hazards. The research team interviewed workers, contractors and engineers in the industry to identify choices during the design process that can reduce worker exposure to injury during construction. Based on the findings, the team created a short guide for industry use – Safety Protocol: Prevention through Design for Safety in Solar Installations.
A summary of Key Findings and a full report are both available.
The Safe + Sound Campaign aims to support companies in improving safety and health in your workplace in 2018. The effort encourages every workplace in the United States to have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a proactive approach to finding and fixing hazards. No matter where you are on the road to developing a program in your workplace, it’s easy to take a step in the right direction. During the year, the Safe + Sound Campaign will support employer efforts through periodic safety and health program messaging and communications; live, publicly available, no-cost webinars; access to content from Campaign organizers (CPWR, AIHA, ASSE, OSHA, NIOSH, NSC, and VPPPA); and local events to create communities to support safety and health program development. The focal point of the Campaign, Safe + Sound Week, will be held Aug. 13-19, 2018.
Here are a couple items that can help you get started today:
- Take a look at OSHA’s list of 10 easy things to get a safety and health program started.
- Use OSHA’s new tool, That Was No Accident! Using Your OSHA 300 Log to Improve Safety and Health to see how looking back at past incidents can move your safety and health program forward.