From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

October 2023

Nanomaterials Safety Resources

The number of construction products that contain engineered nanomaterials continues to grow. These particles, which are many times smaller than the width of a human hair, appear in paints, cement, insulation, and many other products – which means that workers in every trade are likely to encounter them. Because some nanomaterials may pose health risks, CPWR tracks and shares how they are used. Our newest resource is the Nanomaterials in Construction Data Dashboard, which examines the types of nanomaterials found in nearly 900 products and the trades most likely to use them.  Also available are the eLCOSH Nano Inventory, a regularly updated list of products, and the Nano Safety Data Sheet Improvement Tool, which helps manufacturers, distributors, and importers of these products evaluate their safety data sheets and improve them. Also, watch for a webinar in November about CPWR’s nanomaterials resources.


New Resources about Aging Workers

The construction workforce, just like the U.S. population overall, is aging. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the average construction worker is over 42 years old. Many of them expect to stay on the job longer, influenced by financial pressures as well as by job satisfaction. Because of the importance of older workers to the industry, CPWR has developed a series of resources about them: a Data Dashboard, tools for hazard assessment and primary prevention, supportive programs, legal resources, and the opportunity to contribute success stories/lessons learned.


Using Immersive Storytelling to Improve Engagement and Motivation During Fall Prevention Training. Ricardo Eiris and Ahmed Al-Bayati. CPWR Small Study, September 2023. Read the Key Finding and the full report.

Using Building Information Modeling for Job Hazard Analysis of Renovating Residential Buildings. Kamalesh Panthi, Mohammad Gharipour, and Meghdad Attarzadeh. CPWR Small Study, August 2023. Read the Key Finding and the full report.

Participate in a Pilot Program on Preventing Struck-by Incidents

CPWR is recruiting general and specialty contractors to participate in a pilot planning program to prevent struck-by incidents. Learn more about the free program and how to participate by watching the webinar from earlier this year, Struck by Hazards, Barriers, and Opportunities in the Construction Industry, or by emailing Grace Barlet at CPWR. 



Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 2:00pm (EST)

Pre-Task Planning (PTP) through Post-Job-Review: CPWR’s Guidelines and Applied Resources

Pre-Task Planning (PTP) is a process performed before each task starts to discuss the steps of work, the hazards, and available controls. This process may also be known by terms such as job hazard analysis (JHA), job safety analysis (JSA), and other terms. To help contractors design, implement, assess, and continuously improve their PTP process, CPWR has developed an all-in-one PTP package. It includes checklists, templates, and practical examples to help you through the process. If you have not initiated your PTP, or if you would like to improve the quality of your established PTP process, please join us to learn how these comprehensive PTP guidelines and resources can help you.


Presented by: Babak Memarian, Ph.D., CSP, CHST, Director of Exposure Control Technologies Research, CPWR


Click here to register and submit questions in advance.

Please note: CPWR can only accommodate 1,000 attendees live on Zoom, however, we will record and share the webinar with everyone who registered after the event.

Speaking Engagements

October 12, Southington, CT -- AIHA Connecticut River Valley Section Annual Conference 

8:15-9:15 a.m. -- Nanomaterials in Construction: Practical Knowledge for Industrial Hygienists

  • Gavin West, Director, Nanomaterials Research, CPWR 

CPWR in the News

Behind the hardhats: High suicide rates plague the construction industry, Alabama Reflector, 9/26/23

Protecting Workers From an Invisible Danger, Occupational Safety+Health, 9/5/23

Welders tell researchers why they don’t always wear PPE, Safety+Health, 9/20/23

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