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Issue 55, May 2016 

CPWR Toolbox Talks:
Now en EspaƱol

CPWR's 52 toolbox talk series is now available in Spanish, alongside their English-language counterparts on the CPWR website, thanks to a collaborative effort with The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). This series, a collaboration in content development with NIOSH, has been available in English for just over two years and is widely used on construction sites across the country. 
These free toolbox talks incorporate effective training elements, identified through NIOSH research, including case studies, discussion questions, and site-specific actions to promote a safety culture, and provide a year's worth of content for safety on the jobsite. We knew the industry was looking for quality toolbox talk scripts, but the response has been better than anticipated with more than half a million downloads since the toolbox talks appeared on www.cpwr.com and a growing number of requests for Spanish versions.  These requests were not surprising -- according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics more than one quarter of the construction workforce is Latino, and many speak English as a second language.

That's why CPWR teamed up with ASSE to translate and publish the entire series in Spanish. We believe this joint effort will help increase awareness of construction hazards and protective measures, and ultimately reduce the rate of injuries and fatalities, among this important segment of the construction workforce. 
We are now in the process of working with NIOSH researchers to further refine and improve the content and add new topics. We are also working on a pilot project examining the use of this series by small employers to distribute occupational safety and health materials and information.

Safety Stand-Down Underway

May 2-6, 2016 marks the third annual  National Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention in construction. Already this week participating employers have reached hundreds of thousands of workers with safety talks and demonstrations focusing on this number one killer on construction worksites. What about you? To learn how to participate in the Stand-Down and find resources from CPWR, NIOSH, and OSHA -- including a brand-new series of useful infographics -- visit Stop Construction Falls. If you've already held your event, why not stop by OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down website and report what you did -- you'll earn a certificate of recognition from OSHA for doing your part. Working together, we can stop construction falls. 
Pete Stafford
Executive Director

May 19th @ 2:00pm (ET), 1 hr. -- Understanding & Implementing the New Construction Silica Standard. 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.  Learn about key provisions in the new standard and a free planning tool to help contractors comply . CLICK TO REGISTER 
Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars

Toward responsible development and effective risk management of nano-enabled products in the U.S. construction industry. Gavin H. West, Bruce E. Lippy, Michael R. Cooper, Daniel Marsick, Leonard G. Burrelli, Kelsey N. Griffin, and Alan M. Segrave. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, February 2016.

An analysis of permanent work disability among construction sheet metal workers. Gavin H. West, Jaime Dawson, Claire Teitelbaum, Rebecca Novello, Katherine Hunting, and Laura S. Welch. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, January 2016 (published online ahead of print) 





CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by North America's Building Trades Unions, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every day to make work safer for the ten million men and women who work in the U.S. construction industry!