From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

June 2024

Working Safely This Summer

Summer weather has already arrived in much of the country, which means increased exposure to heat and other summer hazards! Construction employers must protect workers from higher temperatures -- both outdoors and in enclosed spaces -- and from skin cancer and summer storms. CPWR offers a range of resources to help, including Toolbox Talks, Hazard Alert Cards, infographics, on-demand webinars, and checklists to support the development and execution of a heat-related illness prevention (HIP) 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 June 26 webinar, Developing a Heat Illness Prevention Program in Construction. Register for it below. 


Subscribe to New Newsletter on Preventing Deaths from Suicide and Opioids

Last week NABTU and CPWR launched a newsletter to help the construction industry prevent suicides and deaths from opioids. Named REASON (Resources and Effective programs Addressing Suicides and Opioids Now) to emphasize the purpose and urgency needed to combat these pressing issues, it captures comprehensive solutions, important research, and free resources that highlight these issues and the positive steps being taken to address them. Read the first issue and subscribe now; you can also see CPWR’s extensive collection of materials on these topics.  

Falls Stand-Down Participation Certificates Available

Did you participate in the 2024 Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction? If so but haven’t yet gotten your Certificate of Participation, visit OSHA’s webpage. Recognize employees’ participation with 2024 hardhat stickers and continue to engage in fall prevention activities year-round using these ideas.


SETU: Safety in Excavation and Trenching, for yoU — A training and decision-making tool for worker safety in excavation and trenching operations in construction. Erica Cochran Hameen, Shailendra Singh, Shalini Priyadarshini, Zhan Shi. CPWR Small Study, May 2024. Read the Key Finding and the full report.



Wednesday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET (1 hour)

Developing a Heat Illness Prevention Program in Construction

It’s heating up outside, which means hotter working conditions for those in construction. According to OSHA, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety and health hazards, including heat-related hazards. The best way to prevent exposure to these hazards, or at the very least, to lessen the impact of heat and hot weather, is to develop and enforce a Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) Program. CPWR has developed two checklists to assist with the development of an overall HIP program and its daily enforcement on each unique job site. On this webinar, we will review these checklists and share some key background information on HIP planning before spending most of the hour in a focused Q&A discussion with our panel of experts, including both researchers and representatives from labor and management. Please submit your questions in advance during registration, as we will use those to inform the discussion!

Moderator: Chris Trahan Cain, CIH, Executive Director, CPWR


  • Kathleen Dobson, Safety Director, Alberici Constructors, Inc.
  • Ryan R. Papariello, GSP, Safety & Health Specialist, Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Gavin West, MPH, Director of Health Research, CPWR
  • W. Jon Williams, PhD, Research Physiologist, National Personal Protective Technology Lab, NIOSH/CDC

Click here to register and submit questions in advance

Speaking Engagements

June 24-26, Salt Lake CityStop Stigma Together Summit

6/25, 3:00 p.m. (MT) – “Workplace Task Force Presentation”

  • Christopher Rodman, Opioids Project Coordinator, CPWR

CPWR in the News

Fatal opioid overdoses tied to workplace injuries, state study finds, Boston Globe, 5/23/24

Trenching and excavations deaths rose 160% in 2022: CPWR, Safety+Health, 5/8/24

Why do falls in construction keep happening?, National Roofing Contractors Association, 5/21/24

Career Opportunities

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Visit our Career Opportunities page for instructions on applying.

Partner News

NIOSH Redesigns Its Website

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has redesigned its website as part of the Centers for Disease Control’s agency-wide effort to modernize and transform its digital communications. In the process, NIOSH has streamlined its web content by more than 65%, updated navigation, and designed a new look and feel. Visit the revised construction pages now.

ASSP Webinar on the New ANSI/ASSP Heat Stress Standard

The ANSI/ASSP A10.50 is the first national consensus standard to address heat stress management in construction and demolition operations. It explains how to help prevent heat illnesses, provides an approach any organization can use to help workers acclimate to working in high-heat conditions, and identifies relevant engineering and administrative controls. This webinar hosted by ASSP will identify the foundational elements of a work-related heat stress management program, discuss ideas for engineering and administrative controls to reduce or eliminate workers’ symptoms on site, and offer planning assistance in developing heat-stress-related training content for workers and supervisors. There is a fee for this session.

FWP Webinar on Spirometry

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Former Worker Medical Screening Program is hosting a webinar June 26 about spirometry testing in the medical screenings of former workers. The session will include review of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, spirometry testing procedures and guidelines for interpretation of results. Registration is now open

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