Resources for Stakeholders and Researchers
The resources in this section can be used by both industry stakeholders, such as contractors, trainers, and workers, and researchers, to advance the use of a solution for a hazard, improve the industry’s safety culture and climate, and connect with specific groups within the industry who could benefit most from research findings and interventions.
Technology Transfer Resource
Tech transfer can be a barrier or a pathway to moving safer tools and equipment to the marketplace and onto job sites. A CPWR sponsored Construction Industry Technology Transfer Symposium found that researchers and other stakeholders needed more information on working with manufacturers and obtaining patents and licenses. The final Symposium report, Best Practices for Health and Safety Technology Transfer in Construction, and recommendations led to the development of several resources to further researchers’ understanding and increase their capacity for technology transfer, including:
- An Intellectual Property Patent & Licensing Guide for Construction Safety & Health Researchers & Inventors.
- Best practices for health and safety technology transfer in construction (American Journal of Industrial Medicine 58(8): 849-857)
- Creating a climate for ergonomic changes in the construction industry (American Journal of Industrial Medicine 58(8): 858-869)
- Resources for Technology Transfer in Construction: A Roadmap for Construction Safety & Health Researchers – from the Laboratory to the Jobsite
- Technology Transfer Case Study: Development of a Safety & Health Intervention — When the Researcher is the Inventor — Finding a Manufacturer
- Technology Transfer Case Study: The Researcher — Inventor Relationship: When a Study Depends on Another Party’s Invention
For more on CPWR’s technology transfer efforts see the background materials developed for the Symposium: Technology; Symposium agenda; Summaries of case studies discussed; Speaker biographies; and posters covering Battery Powered Tools, Critical Path Safety Scheduling Software, NIOSH Mine Safety & Research r2p Success, Overhead Drilling, Silica/Milling Machine Partnership, and Diffusion of Innovation theory explanation.
Safety Climate Workbook
Safety Climate Workbook –The workbook Strengthening Jobsite Safety Climate by Using and Improving Leading Indicators – Eight Worksheets to Help You Use and Improve Leading Indicators, is designed to help construction managers, safety professionals, and hourly craft workers assess their company’s safety culture maturity level and prioritize ideas to improve their safety climate.
Resources on Reaching Vulnerable Workers
Young workers, Latino workers, new entrants to the industry, and those working for small contractors have been found to be at a higher risk for an injury or fatality than the construction workforce as a whole. Reaching these workers and their employers can be challenging because they are often unorganized and work on very small or isolated projects. Many work in the residential sector. The CPWR Resources on Latino Workers, Young Workers, and Small Businesses in the Construction Industry was compiled to advance safety and health with these important target audiences, and the following recent research and materials were developed:
Latino workers and small contractors:
- The Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CATsc) (resources are also available in Spanish)
- Pilot-testing the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATsc) for Small Hispanic Construction Firms
- CPWR’s Latino Construction Worker Resource Collection
- CPWR Literature Review and Environmental Scan for Better Translation of Research to Practice in Residential Construction
- Reaching and Influencing Small Residential Contractors’ Safety and Health Practices
- Promoting adoption of fall prevention measures among Latino workers and residential contractors: Formative research findings. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58: 870–879
- 2007 Conference Report on Immigrant Workers in Construction – Labor Occupational Health Program and CPWR
- Using Mobile Phone Marketing Technology to Increase Safety Meeting Frequency among Small Residential Construction Companies
- Best Built Plans (Spanish) planning and training resources to help contractors reduce injuries associated with manually lifting and moving materials on job sites. The Best Built Plans program is an output of the Ergonomics Community of Practice
Women in the Trades
- “Construction Personal Protective Equipment for the Female Workforce“ provides a quick reference to help women find PPE that fits and protects.
Construction Research to Practice (r2p) Partnership Toolkit
Construction Research to Practice (r2p) Partnership Toolkit — Provides step-by-step advice, tools, case studies, and partnership models to help establish, foster, and sustain such collaborations.
Construction Safety & Health Network
The online Construction Safety & Health Network was created to provide an easy way for stakeholders to share research findings and outputs with their networks and to connect construction safety and health researchers, intermediaries, and industry stakeholders in need of each other’s expertise in support of research.
The CPWR, OSHA and NIOSH Database and Outreach Resource
The CPWR, OSHA and NIOSH Database and Outreach Resource (CONDOR) is a contact resource developed to do targeted outreach on critical health and safety innovations, emerging issues, and new findings to those who need and can act on this information. The database includes contact information for thousands of construction contractors, government officials, health and safety professionals, university-based researchers, labor representatives, trade press and others.