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

New Study Explores the Types
of Nonstandard Work Arrangements
in Construction

Employment in the construction industry is typically based on relatively short-term contracts. In recent years new types of nonstandard work arrangements, such as on-call workers, day laborers, and workers provided by contract firms, have emerged in construction. A new study by CPWR's Data Center analyzed types of nonstandard work arrangements in the construction industry using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2017 Current Population Survey's Contingent Worker Supplement. The researchers found that the construction industry has a higher proportion of workers in every type of nonstandard work arrangement except temporary help agency workers than in all industries. Also, construction workers in alternative arrangements were more likely to be Hispanic, foreign born, and to have less than a high school diploma.

Moreover, construction workers in nonstandard work arrangements worked fewer hours, had a lower family income, and were less likely to have employment-based health insurance and retirement benefits than workers employed in traditional arrangements. While this study could not assess differences in occupational risks and health outcomes between types of work arrangements in construction, the researchers noted that other studies have shown that nonstandard work arrangements and economic disparities can have significant adverse effects on workers' physical and mental health. To learn more, click here to view the recent webinar on demand. The complete Quarterly Data Report, Nonstandard work arrangements in the construction industry, is available on the CPWR website.
Mark Your Calendar to Stand Down to Prevent Falls 

May 6-10 marks the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in ConstructionVisit the One-Stop Stand-Down Shop for information and resources to conduct a stand-down.  

New Infographics Raise Awareness of Fall Risks and Safe Practices
New infographics on fall risks and safe practices are now available from CPWR and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) here in English and Spanish. This year's additions include: Have a Rescue Plan to Prevent Suspension Trauma; The Right Length Lanyard will Protect Workers in a Fall; Fatal Falls Highest in Construction; and A Snapshot of Fatal Falls in Construction. In addition, two earlier infographics have been updated to reflect new data and resources: Did You Know That Falls Are the Leading Cause of Death in Construction, and Aerial Lifts, which introduces NIOSH's new hazard recognition simulator for boom lifts.

New Video Showcases Safe Ladder Practices & the NIOSH Ladder App in Spanish
The ladder safety video develop by our Roofing r2p Partnership (National Roofing Contractors Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers) and announced last month is now available in Spanish.  

Help Keep Young Workers Safe this Summer
CPWR is supporting OSHA's #MySafeSummerJob social media campaign to raise young workers' awareness of hazards, safe work practices, their rights, and the importance of workplace safety. Click here to find campaign materials and blog posts from CPWR and other campaign partners.  

CPWR's Nano Research Recognized
Congratulations to Gavin West and Dr. Bruce Lippy on receiving the American Industrial Hygiene Association Nano Technology Working Group's inaugural Best Paper Award for their paper - Exposure to Airborne Nano-Titanium Dioxide during Airless Spray Painting and Sanding. Click here to read Key Findings from this paper.

Pilot-testing the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATsc) for Small Hispanic Construction Firms 
It is essential to capture the realities experienced by small Hispanic construction businesses in order to design effective safety interventions for them. This study involved translating CPWR's Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CATsc), and pilot-testing it among a population of small Hispanic construction contractors and workers.  Click here to find the print and online versions of the Spanish S-CATsc .
OSHA National Safety Stand-Down Week Webinar Series: Fall Protection: Ladders, Guardrails and Warning Lines
Don't miss this unique opportunity to stay current with the latest fall-protection compliance strategies to keep your employees safe. This special series consists of three 30-minute sessions. Click here for more information on this series sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association, or on the links below to register for each webinar: 
There's no easier way to keep abreast of fall-protection regulations and related safety practices for the roofing industry! Even better-it's free!

Tuesday, May 14th, 11-12:30 Pacific/2-3:30 Eastern: Working safely with natural and engineered stone products: Controlling worker exposure to silica dust during countertop manufacturing, finishing, and installation. If your countertop fabrication company is cutting, grinding, sanding, or installing stone products, you need to know about the dangers of silica dust and how you can protect workers from severe and fatal lung disease. This free webinar is hosted by the NIOSH NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council, OSHA, the California Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Branch, CPWR, and the Natural Stone Institute. Register Here.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 2:00pm Eastern: Safety Voice for Ergonomics - a Research to Practice Example in the Masonry TradeWork-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) continue to plague the construction industry, and masonry workers are among the most affected.  Even though ergonomic solutions are the primary method for reducing MSDs, many workers -- especially apprentices -- have limited training on ergonomics and no training on appropriate strategies to respond to unsafe work environments. The SAVE (Safety Voice for Ergonomics) is an interactive program that addresses these gaps by providing apprentices with training in applied ergonomic principles as well as soft skills for effective safety communication. During this hour-long webinar including Q&A, you'll hear from members of the research team, Dan Anton and Jennifer Hess, about SAVE's development, testing, and integration into existing masonry apprenticeship training, and from Dave Wysocki, a member of the Masonry r2p Partnership, on how they collaborated with the research team to ensure the project's success. Register Here.

Did you miss our last webinar?  For access to a complete list of past webinars and access to recordings, click here.
CPWR in the News

CPWR Video: Safe Ladder Practices in Roofing. April 12, 2019, OSHA Compliance Assistance.

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