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  • CPWR produces an annual report, called Highlights, which showcases our most important discoveries, achievements, and activities within a year.  The 2015 Highlights: Mission to Serve was just released.  In it you can find information on CPWR funded research projects, workers reached through our dissemination, training, and service efforts, and the impacts that we have had on the construction industry over the last year. CPWR has also created a short video to accompany the... Read More

  • A new CPWR report highlighting data collected during the 2015 National Safety Stand-Down, an event that's part of the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, shows that even more workers participated than in 2014.  The Stand-Down is an opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.  Companies conducted Safety Stand-Downs by stopping work and providing training to... Read More

  • CPWR hosts regular webinars on a variety of topics including current research, new efforts and trends in occupational safety & health, and training programs. The following is a list of upcoming webinar events. To register, click on the event link and select register (as opposed to join now). Space is limited for all events, so we encourage you to register in advance.  Further instructions will be provided when your registration is confirmed. If you have any questions about... Read More

  • As part of the effort to raise awareness of noise hazards and steps contractors can take to protect their employees from job-related noise induced hearing loss, the OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR r2p Working Group developed a new series of infographics. These infographics aim to raise awareness of the risk, steps to prevent hearing loss, and NIOSH’s Buy Quiet resources. Built off of the NIOSH Buy Quiet video and data in CPWR’s Construction Chart Book, the infographics reinforce the message and the... Read More

  • With two new topics on emerging hazards, Nanomaterials and RF Radiation, and two revised topics, Hand Tools and Skin Problems, these newly published Hazard Alert cards continue to provide simple, direct messages for the protection against safety and health hazards faced by construction workers. Similar to CPWR's pre-existing Hazard Alerts, these four topics are available online as a downloadable PDF, or by phone/e-mail request as pocket-sized cards. Click on the Hazard Alert... Read More

  • Approximately 367,000 U.S. workers are employed in highway, street, and bridge construction and are at risk of exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Workers use a variety of machinery when removing and recycling asphalt pavement; a number of them use cold-milling machines with toothed, rotating cutters that grind and remove the pavement, or work in close proximity to them. Dust generated from the cold-milling machines often contains respirable crystalline silica which can be... Read More

  • CPWR’s Model Silica Specifications for Masonry Grinding, Cutting, and Sawing are a product of the CPWR/NIOSH Engineering Controls Work Group.  They were developed by a panel of researchers, contractors, labor organizations and government representatives with substantive experience and knowledge in masonry work and/or engineering controls for silica.  While these specifications were designed primarily for protecting workers from occupational exposure to silica, they also provide... Read More

  • CPWR provides up to $30,000 to fund small studies that focus on construction safety and health issues. The Small Study Program operates on a rolling admissions cycle.  CPWR seeks to fund studies that focus on construction safety and health research with emphasis on:  Getting best practices adopted – research to practice (r2p)  Addressing emerging issues and exploring new technologies Safety culture and safety climate Disseminating safety and health information to... Read More