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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 2:00pm EST: The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2019 Safety Stand-Down
Presented by: Scott Ketcham, Acting Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction
Scott Earnest, Deputy Director for the Office of Construction Safety and Health, and Coordinator for the Construction Sector at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. In 2012, CPWR, NIOSH, and OSHA together launched a national construction fall prevention campaign. This hour-long webinar will bring together leaders from all three organizations to showcase the past successes of the campaign and its major event, the National Safety Stand-Down, as well as to highlight plans for 2019. This year's Stand-Down is scheduled for May 6th-10th.
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Thursday, March 21st, 2019 - 2:00pm EST: Assessment and control of exposures to ISOCYANATES in industrial coating applications
Presented by:
 Dhimiter Bello, ScD, MSc; Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
This hour-long webinar will present researchers' findings on occupational exposures to isocyanates among construction painters working in metal structure coating. Isocyanates are potent respiratory and dermal sensitizers and a leading cause of occupational asthma worldwide. Field investigations were conducted at various worksites in Massachusetts, including bridges, water tanks, a reactor dome, and wind turbines. The presentation will summarize work practices at these construction sites; present findings on inhalation and dermal exposures to isocyanates; and discuss effectiveness of exposure controls among painters using urinary biomonitoring pre- and post-shift. In addition, our presenters will discuss the adequacy of current exposure controls and provide recommendations to further reduce isocyanate exposures among painters during steel structure coating in construction trades.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 2:00pm EST: Nonstandard Work Arrangements in the U.S. Construction Industry
Presented by: Rebecca Jackson, MPH, Data Center Assistant Director at CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training

Temporary workers, day laborers, workers provided by contract firms, and contingent workers are all in nonstandard work arrangements and may be at a disproportionate risk for occupational illness and injury. This presentation will describe different forms of work arrangement in the construction industry and analyze demographic and employment differences between standard and nonstandard employment in construction.
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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 2:00pm EST: Safety Voice for Ergonomics – a Research to Practice Example in the Masonry Trade
Presented by: Dan Anton, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University & Jennifer Hess, Research Associate, University of Oregon

More information coming soon.
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This video – developed by the Roofing r2p Partnership (National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers & Allied Workers) – focuses on ladder safety during roofing work and shows how the free National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ladder safety app can help.


2018 CPWR Highlights

Read about the many ways CPWR’s three primary divisions worked together to

protect the health and safety of America’s construction workers during the past year.



Development of a Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction  (January 2019)
PARS: Using Augmented Panoramas of Reality for Construction Safety Training  (January 2019)



Pilot-testing the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATsc) for Small Hispanic Construction Firms (March 2019)
Contractor Use of Safety Best Practices (January 2019)
Development of a Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction (January 2019)
PARS: Using Augmented Panoramas of Reality for Construction Safety Training (January 2019)



See our new online resource and learn about the risks of working with nail guns and access training resources here.




 Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators or Escalators in Construction and the General Population 



March 2019

CPWR Recognized for Innovation in Construction


Foundations For Safety Leadership (FSL) 

Now available in Spanish!


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