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  • CPWR recently developed 8 practical worksheets compiled into a booklet (also available individually below) titled Strengthening Jobsite Safety Climate by Using and Improving Leading Indicators.  It is designed to help construction managers, safety professionals, and hourly craft workers, learn about some of the important leading indicators of safety climate as well as ideas for strengthening them.  There is one worksheet for each safety climate indicator identified in... 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

  • According to NIOSH, “[n]oise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Each year approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing.” To reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss, NIOSH has just released a new Buy Quiet web resource to encourage companies to purchase or rent quieter equipment and machinery.

  • 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. A study can be proposed at any time. CPWR seeks to fund studies that focus on construction safety and health research with emphasis on: development or exploratory methodologies, prevention effectiveness or intervention, r2p (research to practice), particularly dissemination studies aimed at the promotion and broad adaption of... Read More

  • The CPWR Data Center has just released a new Data Brief that updated numbers on construction fatalities, added charts on new topics to show the rise in fatal falls within various sectors and subsectors of the construction industry, and identified new trends. In 2012, construction fatalities rose for the first time since the economic downturn. With the success of the week-long Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction behind us, this short report is a reminder that there is much to... Read More

  • Over the last several years, CPWR has accelerated research to practice (r2p) activities to better meet dissemination needs. One focus of this effort is on Technology Transfer.  In May 2102, CPWR hosted a Technology Transfer Symposium, which brought together researchers and representatives from government, manufacturing, contractor associations, labor, and the insurance industry to discuss barriers and strategic approaches to diffuse health and safety technologies and best practices across... Read More

  • 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. CPWR’s new website, ChooseHandSafety.org, raises awareness of the risks and how to prevent hand injuries, including what to look for when choosing hand tools and gloves. Training materials, such as presentations, toolbox talks, and handouts, are readily accessible for use in the classroom and on the job.