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Construction Personal Protective Equipment for the Female Workforce

In 2015, women accounted for only 2.2% of production occupations in construction, which is one-sixth the level of “all other industries.” One of the challenges facing women in the construction industry is finding personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits properly. This is a serious issue because PPE that does not fit properly will not adequately protect against occupational hazards and may increase the risk for illnesses, injuries and death. For example, oversized protective clothing can lead to tripping hazards or  get caught in machinery and result in a serious injury.

S-CAT SC for Small Contractors

The Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CAT SC ) is designed to help small construction company employers and their employees assess and improve their jobsite safety climate. In addition, employer and employee S-CAT SC responses shared with CPWR are being compiled to identify and develop materials and resources for small construction contractors to use to strengthen their company’s safety climate.  

Working in Hot Weather

Construction workers, who often work outdoors in direct sunlight or in hot, enclosed spaces, are often at risk – but heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. In 2015 alone, 17 construction workers died from heat stroke and many more became ill from heat-related causes on the job. The following resources contain information about heat hazards in construction, and ways to prevent related illnesses.


Mining Resources for Construction

CPWR is working with NIOSH’s Mining Division to identify where our research can further their efforts and areas their research can benefit the construction industry.  The following resources developed by NIOSH’s Mining Division have potential application in the construction industry:


Using data from CPWR research and other trusted sources, these infographics were created to raise awareness of occupational hazards and solutions. They can be downloaded as PDFs or JPEGs for use in social media, presentations, and print materials at no cost. Click on the links below to view and retrieve all of the infographics by topic:

Construction Safety & Health Social Marketing Toolkit

Construction Safety & Health Social Marketing Toolkit

Social marketing is a promising approach for moving research to practice (r2p) in construction. This Toolkit is designed to build construction safety and health researchers’ and industry stakeholders’ capacity to:

RF Radiation Awareness

Workers who perform tasks on rooftops, sides of buildings, news gathering trucks, and other structures where cellular antennas and other RF (radiofrequency) generating devices are present may be at risk of exposure to hazardous levels of RF radiation. 

Communities of Practice

Communities of practice bring together researchers and industry stakeholders with a shared interest in addressing a specific hazard facing the construction industry. Such groups share expertise, lessons learned, and approaches for solving a challenge facing the industry.  This collaborative framework provides platform to exchange research findings, discuss research underway, and identify how to promote use of the findings and solutions with the target audiences.