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CPWR REPORT

Conducting safety and health research, identifying emerging hazards in need of research-based solutions, and translating research findings and outputs into information, tools, and procedures that can be implemented on construction sites cannot happen without ongoing communication between researchers and stakeholders. Safety and health trainers are critical members of this stakeholder community. Their regular interaction with workers in a training setting provides opportunities to share information about new and safer equipment and work practices, hear about existing and emerging hazards in the field, and involve trainees in new research initiatives. While building trades safety and health trainers have long participated in research projects, in 2014, CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), with funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the support of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), embarked on a new initiative to formalize the link between its consortium of safety and health researchers and its extensive training network in order to give researchers, trainers, and trainees ready access to each other’s experience and expertise. By creating a formal link, CPWR hopes to improve the quality and relevance of health and safety research and advance the use of effective research-based solutions in the field.  This paper introduces the new Trainers and Researchers United Network (TRU-Net) initiative, and describes its launch at CPWR’s 2014 Trainer Enhancement Program, including an overview of the workshops conducted, the potential obstacles to trainer involvement, and trainers’ initial reaction and interest.

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