Reaching new and younger workers entering the construction workforce is critical to ensuring that safe work practices are learned early in a person’s career. While there are mechanisms and systems in place for incorporating safety and health information into apprenticeship training, little is known about career technical education (CTE) programs. Researchers at WVU and UC Berkeley have recently completed a project exploring the elements of effective health and safety education in post-secondary CTE construction programs and characterizing the state of existing health and safety education in these programs. The results of that research have led to a new guide and additional resources.
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Small contractors in the residential construction industry are more difficult to reach than larger, well-established companies due to their isolated nature and hard-to-reach at-risk workers. This presents a challenge to the safety and health community. The OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable has published a white paper, “ Proposed Strategies for the Occupational Safety and Health Community to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction,” that addresses this problem.
For more information, see the original article by ASSE’s OSHA Alliance representative, John W. Mroszczyk, Ph.D., P.E., CSP.
OSHA has a wealth of technical resources and products that contain critical safety and health information on expected hazards for cleanup and recovery workers including the OSHA Hurricane Preparedness, Response, and Recovery webpage and the OSHA Flood Preparedness, Response, and Recovery webpage . To make it easier to find information by hazard or topic, OSHA has consolidated the key resources related to worker safety and health hazards and protective measures on these webpages and in an updated technical resource list . In addition, the Secretary of Labor and OSHA have recorded audio public service announcements that are available on the DOL Hurricane Recovery Assistance Page .
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 research conducted for the mining industry can be applied in construction to reduce exposures.
View the recording on YouTube.
CPWR trains hundreds of skilled support emergency response and hazardous waste workers to protect themselves from exposures in a variety of work settings, including disaster response and recovery settings. In cooperation with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), CPWR produced a series of training materials for workers exposed to hazards on disaster sites, including an app that provides fast and easy access to important safety information wherever you can use a smart phone.
The app is currently available for Android devices at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrendering.cpwr.android&hl=en.