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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:

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, July 26th at 2:00pm EDT: New Silica in Construction Training from the California State Building Trades
Presented by: Laura Boatman, Project Coordinator, SBCTC

The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO (SBCTC) has developed a new curriculum for training workers about silica hazards including components of the new 2016 standard through OSHA funding from a Susan Harwood grant. This 45 minute webinar will give an overview of the program, describe training goals, what the training covers, how it is organized, and where it can be accessed. Since 2000, the SBCTC has a successful track record of developing and delivering safety training on a variety of topics. Learn the keys to their success which includes: building partnerships; using the train-the-trainer model; participant feedback; interactive training techniques and best practices for adult learning.

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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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Tuesday, May 9th at 2:00pm EDT: CPWR Quarterly Data Report: Fall Injuries and Prevention in the Construction Industry
Presented by: Sue Dong, Director, CPWR Data Center; Gavin West, CPWR Research Analyst; and Jessica Bunting, CPWR Program Associate
The 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will take place from May 8-12th.  In support of the Stand-Down, CPWR recently released our Quarterly Data Report on Fall Injuries and Prevention in the Construction Industry on  This 30 minute webinar will review the main findings of the report, and highlight the need to reduce fall injuries and fatalities in construction and the importance of the Stand-Down and the overall CPWR-NIOSH-OSHA National Fall Prevention Campaign.

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Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00pm: Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation: Learn About Our New Awareness Program for the Construction Industry
Presented by:
Tom Shanahan, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management, National Roofing Contractors Association
Keith J. Vitkovich, Executive Director, Roofers & Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund
Eileen Betit, Director, Research to Practice (r2p), CPWR – The Center for Construction Research & Training

The growing demand for wireless services has increased the risk of exposure to hazardous levels of RF (radiofrequency) radiation.  Workers who perform tasks on rooftops, sides of buildings, and other structures where cellular antennas and other RF generating devices are present may be at risk of exposure to hazardous levels of RF radiation.  In response to this risk, the Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation Awareness Program for the Construction Industry was developed by the Roofing r2p Partnership* and the multi-trade labor-management RF Radiation Work Group. Learn more about the hazard and training to prevent exposure with the new Awareness Program from founding members of the Work Group in this 45 minute long webinar.

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2:00pm: Lessons from a Construction Safety Trainer: Using CPWR Web Resources to Enhance your Instruction
Presented by:  Dean Beaver, Lead instructor for CPWR's Hazardous Waste Program & Hammer's Respiratory Protection Program

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training provides free online resources covering a vast array of construction occupational safety and health topics. Construction Safety Trainer Dean Beaver enhances his courses with interactive exercises tailored to the students before him by making smart use of CPWR’s digital toolbox. In this 20-minute webinar, Beaver will demonstrate how he does it, and how you can too.

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Wednesday, March 1st at 2:00pm EST: The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2017 Safety Stand-Down
Presented by:
Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training
Christine Branche, Ph.D, Principal Associate Director, NIOSH, and Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health
Dean McKenzie, Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction

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 2017. This year's Stand-Down is scheduled for May 8th-12th.

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Tuesday, February 28th at 2:00pm: Incorporating Informational Technology Into Creating Innovative Construction Products
Presented by: Chris Le, Program Manager, Safety and Health Research & Babak Memarian, Director, Exposure Control Technologies Research
Incorporating technology (RFID, augmented reality, etc) to create innovative construction safety products can help advance safety and health for construction workers.  Join us February 28th, 2017 for a brief webinar to learn about some upcoming innovations in the construction field and how to search for these control options in our free-to-use resource, the CPWR Construction Solutions database website.

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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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Wednesday, December 14th at 2:00pm: Near Miss Information Visualization Tool in BIM for Construction Safety
Presented by: Eric Marks, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama

In recent years, several safety and health improvements have been realized through use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). One such improvement can be found in the collection, analysis and visualization of safety leading indicator data including near miss events. During this 30 minute webinar, Eric Marks will review his research on a framework for near miss data collection and visualization within a BIM platform.

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Thursday, November 17th at 2:00pm: Safety management and safety culture in the construction industry
Presented by: Sue Dong, Director, CPWR Data Center

This webinar will discuss findings on safety management and safety culture in the construction industry from three recent reports, including two by CPWR data Center, and one by Dodge Data & Analytics. The webinar will last approximately 30 minutes including time for Q&A.

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Wednesday, October 19th at 2:00pm: New Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) & S-CAT Website: Tools to Self-Assess & Improve Your Company’s Jobsite Safety Climate
Presented by: Linda M. Goldenhar, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR

The S-CAT is a free tool available to any construction contractor or safety and health professional who wants tailored and actionable information to help improve the safety climate of every jobsite. Results can pinpoint areas of success and areas for future improvement. During this 30 minute webinar, Dr. Goldenhar will briefly describe how she and Dr. Tahira Probst at Washington State University developed the S-CAT and present the new S-CAT website   companies and their employees can use to improve their jobsite safety climate

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Wednesday, September 21st at 2:00pm: Where do you get your information? A survey of occupational safety and health practitioners
Presented by: Clayton Sinyai, Communication Research Manager

Where do the nation’s apprenticeship instructors turn to find out what’s new in construction occupational safety and health? What do corporate safety directors say is required reading? Where do construction safety consultants gather online? CPWR asked more than 1400 occupational safety and health practitioners about their favorite websites, magazines, e-newsletters and social media. Join us for a 20 minute webinar on Sept. 21 and find out what they told us.

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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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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
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Bruce Lippy presented on The Emergence of Nanomaterials in Construction.
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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