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Information on current events, news, and announcements from CPWR, members of our Research Consortium, or other affiliates.


National Fall Prevention Campaign:
Falls Infographics (English and Spanish)

2017 Stand-Down Day by Day Plan 

Stand-Down Promotional Video


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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 our webinar topics or how to register for an event, contact Jessica Bunting at or 301-495-8515.


Upcoming CPWR Webinars:

Tuesday, January 30th at 2:00pm EST: Review of Dodge Data & Analytics Report: Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017
Presented by: Donna Laquidara-Carr, Director of Industry Insights Research at Dodge

This 60 minute webinar, co-sponsored by Dodge Data & Analytics, will review the key findings from the new report, Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017. This study is the third in an ongoing series that examines the positive impacts of a wide variety of safety-related practices. Its key findings include: a continuing shift of industry focus toward engaging workers in safety programs, evidence of the relationship between investing in safety and improved business outcomes, a continued difference between the engagement of large vs. small contractors in safety practices and training, and the effectiveness of toolbox talks as a safety communication tool. In addition, the study explores the emerging trends of Prevention through Design (PtD) and the use of technologies such as BIM and mobile tools to improve safety.


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Past Webinars:

Wednesday, December 13th at 2:00pm EST:  Applying Prevention through Design (PtD) to Solar Systems in Small Buildings
Presented by: Dr. Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Management, University of Washington and Dr. John Gambatese, Professor, Oregon State University

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.  Researchers interviewed workers, contractors and engineers in the industry to identify choices during the design process that can reduce worker exposure to injury during construction.  In this 45 minute webinar, they will review the findings and the short guide created for industry use based on them - Safety Protocol: Prevention through Design for Safety in Solar Installations

Play Recording. A summary of Key Findings and a full report on this project are also available.


Wednesday, November 15th at 2:00pm EST: Quarterly Data Report: Electrocutions and Prevention in the Construction Industry
Presented by: Dr. Wen Wang, Sr. Research Associate and Rebecca Katz, Research Assistant of CPWR’s Data Center, and Chris Le, Program Manager of CPWR’s Construction Solutions project

Electrocution is a leading cause of fatalities in construction, and has been identified as one of the Focus Four hazards by OSHA. CPWR’S most recent Quarterly Data Report analyzed the trends and patterns of deaths due to electrocution, including primary sources of electrocution, vulnerable worker groups, and high-risk occupations.  During this 30 minute webinar, hear from the authors of the report about their findings and updated information for electrocution prevention.

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Wednesday, Oct. 18th at 1:00pm Eastern: Protecting Workers in Enclosed Cabs from Silica Exposure: Leveraging Research from the Mining Industry
Presented by: Joe Coble and Patricia Downs, OSHA's Directorate of Standards & Guidance, and Andy Cecala, NIOSH Mining Division

This webinar will discuss requirements under Table 1 of the new silica standard for enclosed cabs and how research conducted for the mining industry can be applied in the construction industry to reduce exposures. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour including time for Q&A.

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Wednesday, September 27th at 2:00pm Eastern: Safe Students, Safe Workers: Construction Safety Programs in Post-Secondary Career Technical Education
Presented by: Diane Bush, MPH, Program Coordinator Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, CA and Andrew Wermes, Consultant for Skilled & Technical Sciences, Iowa Department of Education

Learn what post-secondary career technical education programs (CTE) in construction are doing and how to support development of students’ skills for safe work in the classroom and on the job. What administrative systems, instructor support, curriculum content and teaching activities are needed? In this 45 minute webinar, presenters will share concrete examples and results from site visits, interviews, and a national survey of instructors and administrators in construction CTE programs in 2-year colleges, as well as action steps and resources for administrators and instructors of CTE programs from a new guide.

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Tuesday, August 22nd at 2:00pm EDT: Applying Prevention through Design Concept to Improve Safety on the Construction Sites
Presented by:  
Mike McCullion, CSP, ARM, Director, Market Sectors and Safety, SMACNA
Brett Farquhar
Chris Le, MPH, Program Manager, Safety and Health Research

The Prevention through Design (PtD) concept is an initiative to prevent or reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through the implementation of prevention considerations in the initial stages of designing tools, equipment, systems, work processes and buildings / facilities. Join us August, 22nd 2017 for a 45 minute webinar to learn more about the PtD concept, developing guidelines and work practices, and examples of solutions as it relates to the construction industry.

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Wednesday, June 28th at 2:00pm: Assessment and control of exposure to reactive chemicals in construction: I. Spray polyurethane foam applications (SPF)
Presented by: Dhimiter Bello, ScD, MSc; Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
This 45 minute webinar will summarize research findings on personal inhalation and dermal exposure to isocyanates and flame retardant TCPP during spray foam applications, as well as pre- and post-shift changes in the urinary biomarker results for these chemicals. The webinar will highlight scenarios with potentially high exposures and explore the adequacy of the current work practices and PPE to prevent exposures to isocyanates and other foam ingredients during SPF application. 

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Thursday, January 19th at 2:00pm:  New Foundations for Safety Leadership OSHA-30 Module
Presented by: Linda M. Goldenhar, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR, and Annette Braam, Assistant Director, Training Programs, Directorate of Training and Education, OSHA

In December, the OSHA Directorate of Training and Education and CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training announced a new OSHA 30-hour construction training elective module: Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL).  The FSL module introduces construction workers, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities, to critical safety leadership skills and provides specific actions they can take to be an effective safety leader and improve jobsite safety climate. This webinar will introduce participants to the program and respond to questions about how it can be incorporated into OSHA 30-hour training or used on its own to improve foremen/lead worker safety leadership skills. We encourage you to send questions in advance of the webinar to

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Thursday, May 19th (with a repeat on Thursday, June 16th) at 2:00pm: Understanding & Implementing the New Construction Silica Standard
Presented by: David O’Connor, OSHA's Directorate of Standards & Guidance, Chris Trahan, CPWR Deputy Director, and Eileen Betit, CPWR r2p Director 

​On March 25, 2016 OSHA released the new silica standard for the construction industry.  This standard, which was decades in the making, will prevent hundreds of deaths and many more illnesses each year.  In this hour-long webinar, David O’Connor (OSHA) will review the key provisions in the new standard and CPWR will share a free planning tool to help contractors comply.

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Click Here for Additional Webinar Recordings from Past Events.



Past Conferences

PREMUS 2016 - July 20 - 23, Toronto, CA

The Institute for Work & Health is delighted to host PREMUS 2016, the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Join more than 400 delegates from over 40 countries for four days of scientific exchange and debate. Every three years since 1992, PREMUS has gathered together scientists, students, practitioners in occupational health & safety, epidemiologists, ergonomists, industrial engineers, clinicians and policy-makers, with the goal of promoting multidisciplinary research and the translation of that research into applicable use.  Learn more about the conference and registration here.

CPWR's Director of Evaluation and Research, Dr. Linda Goldenhar will be one of the Keynote speakers, presenting on Making a positive difference in construction safety and health by improving safety culture, safety climate and safety leadership. In this engaging keynote, Goldenhar will talk about the research that led her and her team to develop a safety climate leading indicator workbook and measurement tool that contractors, safety and health professionals and others could implement to reduce MSDs and other work-related injuries in the construction sector and beyond.  Read more here.


AIHce 2016 - May 21 - 26, Baltimore, MD

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) is the must-attend experience of the year for IH/OH professionals worldwide. Join thousands of your colleagues for world-class education and networking opportunities, taking place May 21-26, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. - See more at

May 24, 2016, 10:30am - 12:30pm: Pam Susi, CPWR Director of Exposure Assessent, will present Many Pieces to the Puzzle - Successful Implementation of Engineering Controls for Dusts & Fumes in Construction as part of podium PO110,  "New Advances in Construction and Confined Space Safety."   


APHA 2015 - October 31 - November 4, Chicago, IL

APHA's Annual Meeting & Exposition is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. With the Annual Meeting, we strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Several CPWR employees and researchers presented during the meeting.

Monday, November 2, 2015: 8:30AM – 10:00AM
Occupational Health and Safety
Session 3066.0: Thumbs up, thumbs down: employer policies affecting workers’ health
Jessica Bunting, MPH will be presenting at Table 5 on Data analysis and the role of r2p partnership in reducing construction falls
Kelsie Scruggs, MPH will be presenting at Table 6 Reaching Small Residential Contractors and Influencing their Safety and Health Practices

Monday, November 2, 2015: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Chiropractic Health Care
Session 3342.0: Falls in the Workplace: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Prevention (in Collaboration with ICEHS and OHS)
Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH and Jessica Bunting, MPH will present on Primary Prevention: Preventing Falls before They Occur

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 4138.0 Occupational Injuries (in Collaboration with ICEHS and OHS)
Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH will present on Economic consequences of workplace injuries in the United States: Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

Wednesday, November 4, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session 5024.0, Health Care Outcomes and Cost
Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH will present Health status and out-of-pocket expenditures among baby boomers in the U.S


Society for Risk Analysis 2015 Annual Meeting - December 6-10, Arlington, VA

The theme of the meeting is Empires of Risk Analysis: Science, Policy, and Innovation. There are many fantastic opportunities planned, some new and some that we enjoy every year. The preliminary program, registration form, pre-conference workshops, and program schedule will be posted below as they become available.  Learn more about the conference and register here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015: 8:00am - 9:30am
CPWR's Director of Safety Research, Bruce Lippy, will be presenting on: Experience from the field: are we making any progress with hazard communication for nanomaterials?
as part of the Panel titled Hazard Communication for Nanoscale Materials: Addressing Hazards Under the Globally Harmonized System for Classification (click for abstract)

AIHce 2015 - May 30 - June 4, Salt Lake City, UT

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) is considered the most important event of the year among occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. At this year's event, two of CPWR's researchers presented:

Pam Susi presented Think AND Act Locally – Promoting Use of Engineering Controls in Construction at the Municipal Level
Click to view Powerpoint.

Bruce Lippy presented on The Emergence of Nanomaterials in Construction.
Click to view PowerPoint.

AIHce 2014: May 31-June 5

Several CPWR researchers presented at the 2014 event on new findings on silica, welding fumes, and nanoparticles.  CPWR Presenters were included in two different sessions. Presentation materials for these can be found below:

Crystalline Silica Exposures in Construction
Presentations included: Control Options for Reducing Crystalline Silica Exposures in Construction - James W Platner, PhD, CIH, CPWR

Implementing Engineering Controls in Construction – Needs, Challenges, and Effectiveness
Presentations included:

  • Selling Use of LEV on Construction Job Sites (PDF)– Factors to Consider - P. Susi, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD
  • Effectiveness of Commercially Available Portable Local Exhaust Ventilation for Controlling Worker Exposures to Welding Fumes (PowerPointPDF) - J. Meeker, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pilot Test Training Program to Promote Awareness of Welding Fume Hazards and General Principles in the Correct Use of LEV Among Apprentice Welders (PowerPointPDF) - S. Caporali Filho, University of Puerto Rico – Graduate School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
  • Effectiveness of Dust Control Systems Tested for use During Masonry Restoration – The Sequel (PowerPointPDF) - M. Cooper, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, Berkeley, CA
  • Exposure to Nanoparticles in Construction and Use of Existing Engineering Control Approaches (PDF) - B. Lippy, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD