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Issue 42, April 2015

U.S. Green Building Council to Credit Prevention through Design

For many years now, CPWR has explored both "Green Building" and "Prevention through Design." Green Building, of course, is best known through the U.S. Green Building Council's system of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings, which permits builders to earn Silver, Gold and Platinum designations when they protect our planet by building energy-efficient and environmentally safe structures. Prevention through Design is an innovative approach to construction occupational safety and health, one that calls on architects and engineers to incorporate worker safety into plans and drawings -- for instance, by specifying steel embeds in elevated concrete slabs, so work teams can easily install guardrail systems to prevent falls.


Our partners at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have worked tirelessly with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to recognize builders who design for worker safety and health. I am pleased to report that the effort has yielded a LEED pilot credit for "Prevention through Design." A description of the credit, which may be applied toward a Silver, Gold or Platinum LEED designation, is available on the USGBC website.   


For additional information on the topic, consult the CPWR Report Green and Healthy Jobs


Congratulations to NIOSH and the USGBC for this much- needed innovation!




 Have you made your plans for the 2015 Stand-Down to



Falls from height are the number one killer of construction workers on the job. For the third year in a row, CPWR is teaming up with OSHA and NIOSH to coordinate a nationwide Safety Stand-Down to build awareness and promote safe practices.  


This year's action is scheduled for May 4-15. Visit Stop Construction Falls and find out how you can play your part!





Pete Stafford

Executive Director    


Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars



Musculoskeletal concerns do not justify failure to use safer sequential trigger to prevent acute nail gun injuries. Hester Lipscomb, James Nolan and Dennis Patterson.  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, April 2015.

Mortality among sheet metal workers participating in a respiratory screening program. Laura Welch, John Dement, and Gavin West. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, April 2015.

Long-term health outcomes of work-related injuries among construction workers -- Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Xiuwen Sue Dong, Xuanwen Wang, Julie Largay, and Rosemary Sokas . American Journal of Industrial Medicine, March 2015.

Mortality of older construction and craft workers employed at DOE nuclear sites: Follow-up through 2011. Knut Ringen, John Dement, Laura Welch, Eula Bingham, Patricia Quinn, Anna Chen and Scott Haas. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, February 2015.





CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every day to make work safer for the 9 million men and women who work in the U.S. construction industry!