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

Safe + Sound Week Begins August 12!

CPWR is a proud partner in the Safe + Sound Campaign, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. These programs can identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week -- taking place August 12 - 18 -- can help start a new health and safety program, energize an existing one, or recognize your safety successes.

Last year, more than 2,700 businesses of all sizes made this commitment to improving worker safety and health.

Will you join us and help make your workplace safe and sound? For construction-specific resources, including hardhat stickers, visit CPWR's Safe + Sound page. Register and stay up-to-date at OSHA's Safe + Sound website.

New Guide Examines Key Hazards to Workers' Long-Term Health

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released "Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards." Developed by AIHA's Construction Committee, it highlights the impact that health hazards can have on workers and businesses and provides practical steps that can be taken to control them. This guidance booklet concentrates on manual material handling, noise, air contaminants and high temperatures and provides a companion piece for the construction industry's long-running  Focus Four program that targets the top four fatal injury hazards.

New Infographics Promote Heat Protection
This summer's record-breaking temperatures have emphasized the danger heat poses for construction workers, who suffered
36% of all occupational heat-related deaths between 1992 and 2016 despite making up only 6% of the total workforce. CPWR has just released four new infographics, developed through the OSHA-CPWR Alliance, that show workers how they can protect themselves against the heat. The infographics are available in English and Spanish.

Resources to Protect Disaster Recovery Workers
Hurricane season has already started, and major storms create special hazards for construction workers. Linemen and electricians working to restore power are at risk of being electrocuted from improperly wired generators, for example, and residents and workers are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from portable generators. CPWR and NABTU operate a Disaster Response Training program that prepares workers to restore essential services and remove hazards without interfering with the vital activities of first responders. Our free apps for Android and Apple phones provide ready access to information during emergency situations, including hurricanes.  Additional valuable material comes from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program, Emergency Response Resources from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and OSHA

Heat-related deaths among construction workers in the United States
Xiuwen Sue Dong, Gavin H. West, Alfreda Holloway-Beth, Xuanwen Wang, and Rosemary K. Sokas. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2019. Read the Key Findings.

Moving research into practice to improve jobsite safety climate and safety outcomes: The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) training program 
Linda M. Goldenhar, PhD, Natalie Schwatka, PhD, Stefanie K. Johnson, PhD, Marissa A. Beldon, MPH. CPWR Report. 2019. Read the report.

Essential Elements for Effective Safety and Health Education in Postsecondary Construction Career Technical Education
Diane Bush, Charlotte Chang, Kimberly Rauscher, and Doug Myers. New Solutions, 2019. Read the Key Findings.
Wednesday, August 21st at 2:00 p.m. E.T.: A Look at CPWR's Spanish Language Materials & Resources
The number of Hispanic workers and contractors in construction continues to increase, and they are at a greater risk of fatal injury than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts, even though the gap has shrunk over time. To contribute to continued progress, CPWR has been translating our training materials, contractor tools, and worker handouts into Spanish.  Highlighting these resources during this 30-minute webinar will be Kathy Tolentino-Gonzalez, program assistant for CPWR's Research to Practice (r2p) program. 

Note: The live webinar will take place in English but we will also make it available on-demand in Spanish following the event. Register Here.

Miss our last webinarSee the complete list of past webinars and listen to the recordings.
CPWR in the News
Construction Fall Fatality Rates Drop Despite Overall Number Increase, July 30, 2019, Door and Window Market Magazine

Flagger Safety 101, July 28, 2019, Safety + Health: The Official Magazine of the National Safety Council Congress and Expo

Tools to Measure & Strengthen Job Site Safety Climate, Workplace Material Handling and Safety
Career Opportunities
CPWR has job openings on our Research and Training teams. Visit our Career Opportunities page for the current vacancies and instructions on applying.

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