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

New CPWR-Supported Safety and Health Research Projects 

CPWR's selection to again serve as the NIOSH National Construction Center has provided the opportunity to continue conducting applied research that improves construction worker safety and health. Included in this work are 13 new multi-year research projects -- seven led by university-based research partners and six by CPWR staff. Some build off previous research, on topics such as manual materials handling, isocyanates, and nanotechnology; others head in new directions, such as promoting safety and health for women construction workers through mentorship and evaluating exoskeletons. Learn more about this exciting list.

Physicians' Alerts Help Workers Receive Proper Medical Treatment
Physicians' Alerts help construction workers at risk of developing work-related medical conditions receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Now available in English and Spanish, the Physicians' Alerts contain valuable information for workers and their physicians related to common exposures and tasks in construction, including best practices to prevent and mitigate exposure-related conditions. 

Preventing Struck-by Injuries and Fatalities in Construction Work Zones
To help construction contractors and their employees reduce struck-by injuries and fatalities, the NORA Construction Sector Council has developed a new collection of online resources to provide ready access to training materials and the latest research from trusted sources.

r2p Seminar Report Highlights Progress
Our Research to Practice (r2p) program has made major contributions to increasing construction workers' and contractors' awareness and use of research findings to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Our annual r2p Seminar and Partnership Workshop is an integral part of this work, providing a platform for researchers to report on their progress and findings and to get feedback from industry stakeholders and other researchers. A new report on these seminars summarizes discussions, initiatives, and new resources.

Small Study Program Reopens Funding Opportunities
Our Small Study Program provides researchers funding of up to $30,000 to investigate promising new research initiatives in areas like r2p, emerging issues, safety culture, and reaching high-risk sectors. Many CPWR Small Study grant recipients have gone on to expand their research with larger projects, and other Small Studies have resulted in important stand-alone projects. Learn how to apply and see the results from previous Small Study funding.

Using Mobile Phone Marketing Technology to Increase Safety Meeting Frequency among Small Residential Construction Companies.
Ryan Olson, Ph.D. CPWR Report, 2019. Read the report.
Wednesday, December 18th at 2:00 p.m. ET: Using Partnerships to Advance Safety & Health in Construction
We use a number of different partnership structures to work with researchers, government representatives, industry associations, manufacturers, unions, contractors, and other industry stakeholders. These r2p partnerships allow us to advance the development and use of safer equipment and work practices. During this one-hour (including Q+A) webinar, CPWR's Jessica Bunting, assistant director of Research to Practice, and Eileen Betit, director of Research to Practice, will describe how CPWR's partnerships, networks, tools, and resources have been developed -- including the Construction Research to Practice (r2p) Partnership Toolkit -- and will highlight lessons learned from our experiences.

Miss our last webinarSee the complete list of past webinars and listen to the recordings.
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Career Opportunities
CPWR has job openings -- visit our Career Opportunities page for current postings and instructions on applying.
CPWR Staff Presentations
Workshop: "Opioids and Work: Resources for Building an Opioids Awareness Training Program"
  • Rick Rinehart, Deputy Director
12/12/19, Los Angeles -- 2019 Brownfields Conference
Panel: "How Do We Increase our use of Renewable Energy and Design Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities?"  
  • Steve Surtees, Director, Environmental Careers Worker Training Program

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