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


The 2018 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 7-11!
2018 Safe + Sound Week will be held Aug. 13-19!

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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 July 25th, 2:00pm: Best built plans: preventing injury & improving productivity by reducing manual materials handling
Presented by: Eileen Betit, Research to Practice (r2p) Director, CPWR, Gary Gustafson, Training Director, CPWR, and John Strand, Social Marketing Consultant

Manually lifting and moving heavy materials on job sites can result in strain, sprain, and related soft tissue injuries.  These types of injuries cost businesses billions of dollars and are a leading cause of disabling injuries in the construction industry. CPWR’s new Best Built Plans program responds to this issue by providing contractors and workers with practical tools and information to plan for safe manual materials handling while staying productive and profitable.  Learn more about the program, its components, including a site planning tool and interactive training and coaching resources, and how you can provide feedback to ensure it meets workers’ and contractors’ needs in this 30 minute webinar.

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Past Webinars:

Wednesday, June 27th at 2:00pm EDT: A Review of CPWR’s 6th Edition Construction Chart Book 
Presented by: CPWR’S Data Center: Sue Dong, Director; Wen Wang, Sr. Research Associate; and Rebecca Katz, Research Assistant
The sixth edition of The Construction Chart Book – The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers continues to present the most complete data available on all facets of the U.S. construction industry: economic, demographic, employment/income, education/training, and safety and health issues, plus much more all in one place. This NEW edition not only offers on-demand access to the charts and data, but also includes interactive features that enhance the user’s experience. In this 30 minute webinar, CPWR’s Data Center staff will review selected findings and data sources included in The Chart Book, along with tips on how to access and use the information.

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Thursday, May 24th at 2:00pm EDT: New Construction Safety & Health Network
Presented by: Jessica Bunting, Program Associate, Research to Practice, CPWR
There are many individuals and organizations concerned about improving safety and health in the construction industry, and each one has a network of individuals and organizations they are able to reach.  But given the decentralized nature of the construction industry, when we only operate within our own networks, opportunities to share valuable information and collaborate are lost.  CPWR’s new online Construction Safety and Health Network was developed make it easier for you to learn about and share research findings and solutions with individuals in your own network, as well as to connect with those in other networks on safety and health topics of mutual interest.  Learn more about and the process that lead to its creation in this 30 minute webinar.

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Thursday, April 26th at 2:00pm EDT: New Training Program: Construction Noise & Hearing Loss Prevention
Presented by: Gary Gustafson, Director of the Environmental Hazards Training Program at CPWR and Eileen Betit, Director of Research to Practice at CPWR.

Learn about CPWR's new comprehensive training program, developed to raise awareness of noise hazards and ways to prevent hearing loss. The program, which provides trainers and safety and health staff with flexible training options, includes modules that can be used on their own or as part of OSHA 10- or 30-hour classes, and a series of short exercises that can be used in classroom or hands-on training sessions.

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Wednesday, March 21st at 2:00pm EST: The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2018 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
Scott Ketcham, Deputy 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 2018. This year's Stand-Down is scheduled for May 7th-11th.

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Webinar: Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety & Health Program
Wednesday, February 21st at 2:00pm EST
Presented by: 

  • Safe+Sound – Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, OSHA Directorate of Standards & Guidance
  • FSL – Linda Goldenhar, Director, Evaluation & Research, CPWR
  • S-CATsc – Tom Shanahan, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management, National Roofing Contractors Association, and Keith J. Vitkovich, Executive Director, Roofers & Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund

CPWR is proud to be a partner in OSHA’s Safe Workplace + Sound Business Campaign – a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. Learn about the Campaign and new tools and features of two popular CPWR resources that you can use to improve safety on your jobsites during this 1-hour webinar.  The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) program, a free, OSHA 30-hour approved elective released in January 2017, has already been used to provide thousands of construction foremen and other lead workers with the skills and information needed to become effective safety leaders and to strengthen their jobsite safety climate. This webinar will introduce new FSL program resources and how to use them. The Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) website and free online tool allows contractors and their employees to assess and find ways to improve their jobsite safety climate. Working with the Roofing r2p Partnership, which includes the National Roofing Contractors Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, the tool was adapted for smaller construction companies. This webinar will introduce the S-CATsc and answer questions about which version is best for your company.

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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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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

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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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