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Issue 59, September 2016 

CPWR Report: Many Small Firms Lag on Safety Culture Indicators 

High-performing construction contractors recognize the importance of a positive safety culture at their firms. In 2012 and 2015, CPWR partnered with Dodge Data and Analytics (formerly part of McGraw-Hill) to survey construction contractors and learn about their Construction Safety Management Systems. The findings, reported in the April 2016 Dodge SmartMarket Report "Building a Safety Culture: Improving Safety and Health in the Construction Industry," indicated important progress over the three-year period.

However, the data also indicated that small firms lagged behind larger ones on most of the indicators. A new CPWR Quarterly Data Report, "Safety Management and Safety Culture among Small Construction Firms," compares the responses of small and large firms. Among the findings:
Nearly 90% of respondents at large firms (500+ employees) reported having measurable safety goals and objectives; 37% of small firms (1-9 employees) did. 
Nearly 80% of respondents at large firms said they required all workers on the jobsite to have OSHA 10-hour training; 53% of small firms said the same. 
Some 74% of large firms indicated that safety and health is a top agenda item in all meetings; less than 25% of the smaller firms said the same. 
At 64% of large firms, workers were involved in job-hazard analysis; only 38% of small firms reported this.
Safety culture is one of today's most promising frontiers in construction safety and health, and it's heartening to see the industry's leading firms actively cultivating a positive safety culture on their construction sites. We must continue to provide information and resources to the nation's smaller firms so they can do the same.

Pete Stafford
Executive Director

August 21 @ 2:00pm (ET), 20 min. -- Where do you get your information? A survey of occupational safety and health practitioners   
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! CLICK TO REGISTER
Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars

The power of local action in occupational health: the adoption of local exhaust ventilation in the Chicago tuckpointing trade.
Marc Weinstein, Pam Susi and Mark Goldberg. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, June 2016.

Defining and measuring safety climate: A review of the construction industry literature. Natalie Schwatka, Steven Hecker and Linda M. Goldenhar. Annals of Occupational Hygiene, June 2016.





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