September 2019
From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

New Award Recognizes Innovative
Safety Interventions

CPWR and Liberty Mutual Insurance have just announced the Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award in Construction, which will honor innovative, evidence-based interventions -- including technologies, work practices, and programs -- that can reduce hazards for construction workers. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual and administered by CPWR, the award includes a $15,000 cash prize to the winning individual or organization; one or more honorable mentions may also be awarded, each with a $5,000 prize. Applications open October 1, 2019.

OSHA Requesting Silica Exposure Data

OSHA has issued a request for information to expand the tool and task combinations in Table 1 of the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. If you have silica exposure data for workers, please review the request and submit comments to OSHA no later than October 15th! 

CPWR Again to Serve as the NIOSH National Construction Center

CPWR has been awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement with NIOSH to continue serving as the NIOSH National Construction Center. We welcome new and continuing university partners into our research consortium and are kicking off 13 multi-year research projects and programs aimed at reducing construction worker injury, death, and disease. Stay tuned for upcoming webinars and other highlights of our new research program. Our strong research-to-practice and communications programs will continue to engage a wide range of stakeholders to share findings, products, and practical tools from our decades of collaborative experience serving NIOSH and the construction sector in the United States.


New Spanish-Language Resources for Preventing Hearing Loss
Three of every four construction workers are overexposed to noise, which makes resources to prevent hearing loss crucial, and CPWR's Construction Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Training Program is now also available in Spanish (PrevenciĆ³n de la hipoacusia). The program offers simple modules and exercises that can be used on their own or as part of OSHA training. CPWR has several other resources to raise awareness of and address this hazard, such as a Hazard Alert for Noise in English and in Spanish


A training intervention to improve frontline construction leaders' safety leadership practices and overall jobsite safety climate
Natalie V. Schwatka, Linda M. Goldenhar, Stefanie K. Johnson, Marissa A. Beldon, Jamie Tessler, Jack T. Dennerlein, Mark Fullen, Hao Trieu. Journal of Safety Research, 2019. Read the Key Findings.
Leadership skills for strengthening jobsite safety climate
Linda M. Goldenhar, Natalie Schwatka, Stefanie K. Johnson. Journal of Safety Research, 2019.
Read the Key Findings.

Thursday, September 26th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern: An Overview of Health Hazards Associated with the Aftermath of Hurricanes
Our country has experienced a number of severe hurricanes and other natural disasters over the last couple of decades. CPWR operates a Disaster Response Training program with NABTU that prepares skilled construction workers to safely use their skills in support of response and recovery efforts, restoration of essential services, and removal of hazards without interfering with the vital activities of first responders. We also collaborated with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Clearinghouse to create a Disaster Preparedness App (available for Android and Apple phones) that provides easy access to training tools, as well as health and safety guidance, for those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities. Learn more about these materials and how to prepare for working in emergency situations from Mike Kassman, director of OSHA and Disaster Response Training at CPWR, in this 20-minute webinar followed by Q&A.

Miss our last webinarSee the complete list of past webinars and listen to the recordings.

CPWR in the News

How Companies Are Adapting to the Needs of an Aging Workforce, Engineering News-Record, August 28, 2019

Career Opportunities
CPWR has job openings --  visit our Career Opportunities page for current postings and instructions on applying.

CPWR Staff Presentations
9/10, San Diego - NSC 2019 Congress and Expo
Eileen Betit, Director of the Research-to-Practice Program, and Joe Wise, Regional Customer Training Manager for United Rentals Trench Safety -- "Trench and Excavation Hazards: Insight on Newly Acquired Data and Managing the Risks"

9/11, College Park, MDWashington Metropolitan Area Construction Safety Association
Jessica Bunting, Assistant Director of the Research-to-Practice Program -- "CPWR Services for the Construction Industry"

9/12, Myrtle Beach, SC - Carolinas AIHA Fall 2019 PDC/Conference
Bruce Lippy, Director of Safety Research, and Gavin West, Research Analyst -- "Nanotechnology: An Update on Epidemiological Findings, Exposure Measurements and Worker Awareness"

Meetings and Conventions
9/27, Brooklyn, NY - Associated General Contractors of New York State: Prevention Through Design - A New Mindset

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