CPWR UPDATE
From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director
October 2021
Fifteen Websites, One Goal
CPWR’s online resources for reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities among construction workers extend beyond our two best-known websites, cpwr.com and eLCOSH. We manage more than a dozen other sites focused on specific hazards and topics, such as construction solutions, COVID-19, ergonomics, falls, and safety culture. Although the sites range widely, their resources are all free, and they share the same goal: keeping construction workers safe on the job.
TOOLS FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH
BTMed Redesigns Website to Better Serve Former DOE Workers 
The Building Trades National Medical Screening Program (BTMed) has just launched a redesigned and expanded website. The new website will enable BTMed to better serve former U.S. Department of Energy construction workers who may be at increased risk for occupational illnesses. Since 1996, BTMed has provided over 41,500 medical screening exams and 7,600 low-dose CT scans to these workers, offering these services through a network of more than 225 specially credentialed health clinics across the country. The new BTMed website provides information on program benefits, features testimonials from BTMed participants, and has a responsive design that works across all devices. You can also learn more by calling BTMed at 1-800-866-9663 or emailing btmed@btmed.org.
 
Latest Data Dashboard Examines Hispanic Construction Workers
The seventh CPWR Data Dashboard focuses on construction’s large and fast-growing population of Hispanic construction workers. This dashboard, which covers data from 2011 through 2019, offers a new feature that brings together three categories of data: 1) Employment Trends, 2) Demographics, and 3) Foreign-born Hispanics. Each of the dozen charts has one or more filters to allow users to select data items, and all data can be downloaded.
 
Also, the COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard has just been updated with September’s information about trends and patterns of COVID-19 vaccination and hesitancy among construction workers.
 
New Podcast on Safety Climate
The latest addition to CPWR’s Construction Safety and Health podcast series – number seven in the series -- features Andrew Levinson, acting director of OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance, talking with Linda Goldenhar, CPWR’s director of research and evaluation, about her work developing tools and resources to improve company safety climate.
 
Three New Toolbox Talks: Two on Struck-By, One on Nanomaterials
CPWR has just posted Spanish-language versions of two Toolbox Talks designed to reduce struck-by incidents: Planning a Lift and Tower Crane Safety. In addition, Spray Painting and Cutting Concrete Block Coated with Nano-Enabled Silver Paint becomes the tenth Toolbox Talk offering guidance on using products containing nanomaterials safely. 
 
Massachusetts Unions Create Opioids Recovery Website
Last week, at an event featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, the Massachusetts Building Trades Recovery Council (MBTRC) launched a website to connect union members to their union’s opioids recovery resources and leaders. The MBTRC comprises building trades union recovery leaders who facilitate peer-to-peer recovery meetings and help their union’s members throughout the recovery process. The Massachusetts Building Trades Council has also posted a report on its recovery programs, particularly the role of peer support; more information on preventing opioid deaths among construction workers is available on the CPWR website.
RESEARCH NEWS
Occupational exposure risk while spraying biocidal paint containing silver nanoparticles
Gavin H. West, Fatima I. Castaneda, Leonard G. Burrelli, Daniel Dresser, Michael R. Cooper, Sara B. Brooks, and Bruce E. Lippy. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2021. Read the Key Finding.
 
New Dodge Report Examines Safety Management in Construction
Safety Management in the Construction Industry: 2021 SmartMarket Report, published by Dodge Data & Analytics with support from CPWR and Newmetrix, examines how COVID-19 and new technologies are creating significant changes in how contractors manage safety. The report also shows stark variations in how companies of different sizes are responding, with small employers lagging their larger peers. 
 
Research Request: Reducing MSDs from Manual Materials Handling
Learn how to prevent strains and sprains on your job site from manual materials handling (MMH) and at the same time provide feedback to improve CPWR’s research-backed Best Built Plans program for MMH. To participate, contact Marco Barrera at Washington University in St. Louis, mbarrera@wustl.edu or (314) 258-3146.
 
Research Request: Take Part in an Interview on Exoskeletons in Construction
Researchers from the University of California San Francisco/Berkeley and Virginia Tech are conducting one-on-one, confidential interviews with current construction workers who have used exoskeletons or with other experts (e.g., managers, owners, union reps, health and safety officers) to learn their perspectives on exoskeleton technology, with a focus on safety, health, and productivity. Interested in participating or have a question? Email Aanu Ojelade and include in your email, your job title and your experience using an exoskeleton. Participants in a one-hour interview will receive a $30 gift card. 

Share Your Exposure Measurements
If you have exposure measurements for silica, welding fumes, lead, or noise, CPWR needs your help!

The Exposure Control Database (ECD), a free online tool that estimates your workers’ exposure to common health hazards, is expanding. If you have data that you are willing to share, please submit it to CPWR to make the ECD more accurate and reliable. If you have any questions, contact Sara Brooks (sbrooks@cpwr.com, 301-495-8532) with any questions. The following sampling forms are available to submit measurements:

Small Study Grant Funding Available
Our Small Study Program, which supports promising new research initiatives on improving construction safety and health, has a particular interest in studies that plan to work with and/or target small employers. We define small employers as those with 19 employees or fewer. We are giving priority to funding studies aimed at:
 
  • Reaching high-risk populations: small employers, vulnerable workers, residential and light commercial construction firms
  • Developing applicable, practical interventions
  • Engaging stakeholders, through partnerships and other means, to better understand the barriers to and motivators for adoption of best practices
  • Addressing emerging issues and exploring new technologies
  • Evaluating promising research translation products and dissemination strategies
  • Disseminating good practices to small employers
 
We are also interested in innovative approaches to reducing the spread of COVID-19 through ventilation, distancing, and respirators. A study may be proposed at any time and can receive funding of up to $30,000. For more information, including how to apply, visit the Small Study Program on CPWR’s website.
NEWS & EVENTS
Webinars
Our webinar series will resume next month. Until then, check out the archive of past webinars on topics such as COVID-19, ergonomics, falls, silica, safety climate and safety culture, and weather conditions. All are available for free on-demand. 
CPWR in the News
Career Opportunities
CPWR has an opening for a Training Specialist -- visit our Career Opportunities page for instructions on applying.
Speaking Engagements

12:30 – 1:45: Round Table - OHS in a Rapidly Evolving Workplace: Psychosocial Factors

Call for Abstracts
The 2022 National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) is currently accepting abstracts and proposals for sessions. The deadline for submissions has been extended until October 15, 2021. Registration will open in mid-January 2022. There is no registration fee.

The organizers of the XXXIst International Symposium of the ISSA Construction Section are now calling for abstracts. The symposium --“How to Reach Vision Zero in Construction”— will take place this coming June in Berlin and focus on strategies to further reduce the number of accidents and occupational diseases in the industry. Abstracts for presentations and posters should describe experiences and successes in the application of Vision Zero’s 7 Golden Rules and innovative approaches that can help minimize health hazards in construction. Submissions are due November 15.