September 2020
From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

Are You Participating? Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls September 14-18
The 7th National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is quickly approaching! This annual event, part of the OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, serves as an opportunity to pause and re-focus on falls -- a leading cause of death in construction.
This year, we encourage employers and workers to participate virtually or with social distancing measures on the job site. CPWR has created a plan for employers looking for activity ideas: Standing Down for Fall Safety in 2020: Ideas for Virtual or Socially Distanced Stand-Down Events.
New resources, including NIOSH videos and CPWR-NIOSH infographics that make great posters or social media posts, can be found in the One-Stop Stand-Down Shop on stopconstructionfalls.com. As in past years, CPWR is also shipping out FREE hardhat stickers and pocket-sized Hazard Alert Cards on aerial lifts, fall harnesses, ladders, and scaffolds. If you want to receive materials by the Stand-Down week, please place your order by this Friday (September 4th). If you place your order after that, don't worry! Fall safety is important year-round, and stickers can be handed out to workers later in recognition of Stand-Down participation. Complete your order online here.  
Coming Later This Month  
Also, keep an eye out in the next two weeks for a special issue of our Data Bulletin that will focus on fatal falls. Developed by our Data Center in conjunction with the Stand-Down, it builds on our continued research on this major hazard.
New Infographics about Suicide Prevention
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and construction occupations have one of the highest suicide rates in the country. CPWR is committed to developing and sharing resources to help organizations and individuals understand this issue, start a conversation, and play a role in supporting friends, co-workers and family members. We have just posted two new infographics (each available in English and Spanish) that can be used in social media, articles and presentations, as well as blown up as job site posters, to help the construction industry in this effort. We also just posted our last webinar on Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which is available on demand.
Listen to CPWR's Podcast Series
Stay informed and help keep construction job sites and workers safe with CPWR's new Construction Safety & Health podcast! The first three episodes available examine COVID-19 and construction, including a two-part conversation with Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH. If you work, manage, own, or operate in the construction industry, this is your podcast. Listen in English or Spanish.
COVID-19 Clearinghouse Offers More Than 250 Resources 
The CPWR COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse continues to be the construction industry's central resource for documents and information to help contractors and workers respond to the pandemic. This free online collection addresses crucial topics such as Guidance on Workplace Practices, Personal Protective Equipment, State and Local Requirements, Training Resources, and more. To suggest additions to the Clearinghouse, particularly innovative practices and equipment being used on job sites, email [email protected] and staff will follow up to learn more. 

New Report on Communicating the Value of Safe Workplaces in Reducing Opioid Use
A new brief from the FrameWorks Institute, Reframing Primary Prevention and Opioid Use Reduction in the Construction Industry, distills key concepts and ideas about how to communicate the value of primary prevention in reducing opioid use among construction workers. This research-based report was released in conjunction with last month's webinar on strategies to build support for primary prevention and is another element of CPWR's work to develop and share information about preventing opioid use and ultimately fatal opioid overdoses among construction workers.
Small Study Program Offers Funding Opportunities
Our Small Study Program provides researchers funding of up to $30,000 to investigate promising new research initiatives in areas like research to practice, emerging issues, safety culture, and reaching high-risk sectors. Many CPWR Small Studies grant recipients have gone on to publish findings and expand their research with larger projects. Learn how to apply and see the results from previous Small Study-funded research.
Thursday, September 10th, 2 p.m. ET -- CPWR-NIOSH COVID-19 Webinar Series -- What We've Learned: Health Risks and Prevention
It's been roughly seven months since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. While we've all tried to stay informed, sometimes the information is conflicting or confusing. Please join us for a conversation -- moderated by CPWR Executive Director Chris Trahan Cain -- with Dr. Rosemary K. Sokas of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Dr. Melissa A. McDiarmid of the University of Maryland School of Medicine on what's been learned during this period about the disease, how it spreads, and prevention. Also, Eileen Betit, CPWR's Director of Research to Practice (r2p), will introduce a new free tool developed for construction employers to help them develop a COVID-19 exposure control plan for their job sites.
SAVE THE DATE -- Registration information coming soon
Monday, September 14th -- 2020 Kickoff: National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction 
Join OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR on this webinar to participate in the Stand-Down virtually and for ideas on how to conduct your own events throughout the week.

Please be aware that the webinar platform only supports 1,000 people attending live; however, everyone who registers for an event will automatically receive the recording. 
Miss our last webinar? See the complete list of past webinars and listen to the recordings.
CPWR in the News
Sorting the Differences in Pandemic Face Coverings, Engineering News-Record, August 19, 2020
Career Opportunities
CPWR has job openings -- visit our Career Opportunities page for current postings and instructions on applying.

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