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Issue 31, May 2014 

Safety Culture/Safety Climate Report Now Available


Every construction firm has a safety culture, even if it's not called by that name: it's the set of safety-related beliefs, attitudes, and values characteristic of an organization. Safety climate is a term often used to describe how members perceive their organization's safety culture and practices -- and whether there are differences between official company policy and actual conditions at the work site.


Safety culture and safety climate are hot topics among construction contractors these days as they grapple with how to further reduce injury rates towards achieving the goal of zero injuries. CPWR and NIOSH (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) convened a 1½ day stakeholder workshop June 11-12, 2013, to discuss safety culture and safety climate, and to explore paths for bringing research to bear on industry practices. The report from that workshop is now available. Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice is available on the CPWR website. 


Getting a Grip on Green Construction


Did you know that the US Green Building Council (USGBC) only certified two green building projects through its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system in 2002 -- but more than 5,000 in 2013? And that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011), nearly 500,000 construction jobs were green jobs?


No matter how you measure it, green building is a big part of our industry's future. But just because a job is green doesn't mean it's safe; green jobs often employ new and innovative technologies that bring unique safety challenges.


The CPWR Data Center has laid it all out in a new Data Brief. Find out which states have the most LEED projects, which construction sectors have the most green jobs, and the prevalence of safety training on these jobs. It's all there in the Green Construction Update.



Pete Stafford

Executive Director    


Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars


Promoting integrated approaches to reducing health inequities among low-income workers: Applying a social ecological frameworkSherry L. Baron, Sharon Beard, Letitia K. Davis, Linda Delp, Linda Forst, Andrea Kidd-Taylor, Amy K. Liebman, Laura Linnan, Laura Punnett and Laura S. Welch. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, May 2014.

American Journal of Industrial Medicine, March 2014.


The Differential Effects of Transformational Leadership Facets on Employee Safety. Hoffmeister K, Gibbons A, Johnson S, Cigularov K, Chen P, Rosecrance J. Safety Science, Feb 2014






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