From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

June 2023

Staying Safe This Summer

The risk for heat-related illnesses increases significantly during the summer months. Construction workers who are outside during the day face not only higher temperatures, but also sun and storm exposure. CPWR offers a range of resources to help protect workers from these hazards, including Toolbox Talks, Hazard Alert Cards, infographics, on-demand webinars, and two new checklists to support the development and execution of a heat-related illness prevention plan. These materials and others from our partners at NIOSH and OSHA can be found on CPWR’s Heat Hazards webpage. In addition, we are hosting a webinar with OSHA on July 12th to answer questions about their National Emphasis Program aimed at protecting employees from heat-related hazards.


How much have adverse occupational health outcomes among construction workers improved over time? Evidence from 25 years of medical screening. Knut Ringen, John Dement, Laura Welch, Patricia Quinn. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, November 2022. Read the Key Finding and the abstract.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of AJIM on Construction Safety and Health Prevention

CPWR is part of a consortium organizing a special issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, to be published in early 2024, focused on safety and health prevention in construction. The issue will assess the state of knowledge about the safety and health of construction workers, showcase a broad range of research internationally, and illustrate the current developments in construction safety and health, as well as the improvements achieved in COSH over the past 30 years. Learn more on the CPWR website. Abstracts are due June 30.


Participate in a Pilot Program on Preventing Struck-by Incidents

CPWR is recruiting general and specialty contractors to participate in a pilot planning program to prevent struck-by incidents. Learn more about the free program and how to participate by watching a recent webinar, Struck by Hazards, Barriers, and Opportunities in the Construction Industry, or by emailing Grace Barlet at CPWR. 



Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET (1 hr.)

New Free Resources for Strengthening Jobsite Safety Climate, Safety Leadership, and Safety Management -- hosted by ISHN


CPWR recently launched the Safety Climate-Safety Management Information System (SC-SMIS); a free resource that can be used to strengthen jobsite safety climate to help reduce adverse safety outcomes. This new robust system builds on resources that CPWR has been developing since 2013. In this session, attendees will learn about the benefits of the SC-SMIS, including how companies can use it to measure jobsite safety climate across eight leading indicators, download evidence-informed safety management policies and procedures to improve low-scoring indicators, and develop a plan to help put these resources into action.


  • Linda Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation, CPWR

Register Now.


Miércoles, 21 de Junio de 2023 a las 2:00 pm Hora del Este

Prevención de Caídas en la Construcción: Una Sesión de Preguntas y Respuestas

¡Aproveche esta gran oportunidad para aclarar sus dudas sobre el tema de las caídas! Vamos a contestar preguntas que no pudieron ser contestadas en el “Stand Down” del pasado 26 de abril (https://youtu.be/7PnjnriGwSA) y otras.



  • Rafael A. Caballero, Director, Centro de Adiestramientos OSHA del Atlántico (AOTC) Puerto Rico, Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Bayamón, P.R. 
  • Jose H. Herrera, Especialista en la Seguridad y Salud Laboral, Dirección de Construcción de OSHA, Washington, DC 



  • José Orlando Fernández Avilés, Gerente de Seguridad, Lord Construction Group, Inc.; Instructor, AOTC Puerto Rico 
  • Roberto Miranda, Consultor e Instructor, Instituto de Rescate Vertical, San Juan, P.R.; Instructor, AOTC Puerto Rico


Haga clic aquí para registrarse y enviar una pregunta.

Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 PM ET (1 hour)

Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards in Construction: A Q&A Session on OSHA’s National Emphasis Program

In April 2022, OSHA began a National Emphasis Program (NEP) aimed at protecting employees from heat-related hazards and resulting injuries and illnesses in outdoor and indoor workplaces. Since construction workers are among those with a high risk of heat exposure, CPWR has invited a representative of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement to answer the top questions about the NEP. In addition, CPWR and OSHA will both share a variety of resources for employers and workers to help increase awareness of heat hazards, signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, and methods of prevention.


  • Chris Trahan Cain, CIH, Executive Director, CPWR


  • Gary OrrPE, CPE, Health Scientist, Directorate of Enforcement, OSHA

Click here to register and submit a question in advance.

Speaking Engagements

June 26-27, New York -- Safety by Design/Transmission and Substations Safety Interest Group Conference

June 26, 3:45 p.m. -- Pre-task Planning and Electrical Task Design

  • Babak Memarian, Director of Exposure Control Technology Research, CPWR


June 28, Amherst, Massachusetts -- OSHA Summer Summit

Time TBD -- Resources to Strengthen Safety Climate, Safety Leadership, And Safety Management

  • Linda Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation, CPWR

CPWR in the News

Contractors face uncertainty over new Florida immigration law, Construction Dive, 5/18/23

CPWR’s Foundations for Safety Leadership for Residential Construction (FSL4Res), NIEHS WTP e-Newsbrief, 5/19/23

The Department of Labor comes to Richland to assist former Hanford workers with healthcare and compensation program, NonstopLocal, 5/16/23

Career Opportunities

CPWR has openings for four positions:

Visit our Career Opportunities page for instructions on applying.

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