From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director
Are You Ready for the Fifth annual Stand-Down to
Stop Construction Falls?
Falls continue to be the number one cause of construction workplace fatalities, claiming the lives of hundreds of construction workers every year. And sadly, as our economy has recovered from the recession these numbers have climbed along with it - in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 388 fatal falls in construction.
The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was launched to fight this ongoing tragedy. Led by CPWR, NIOSH, and OSHA, the Campaign is gearing up for its fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down on May 7-11. Work will pause across the United States. Construction contractors, labor unions, and other organizations will conduct toolbox talks, safety audits, equipment demonstrations, and other activities to promote fall hazard awareness and fall prevention with hundreds of thousands of construction workers. Will you do your part?
Join the Campaign! Make plans now for your Safety Stand-Down. Don't know where to begin? Visit the Campaign website for ideas and resources. You'll find a five-day plan with suggested activities, resources such as scripted toolbox talks, handouts, and infographics, and even an online order form where you can order free 2018 Safety Stand-Down hardhat stickers and Hazard Alert pocket cards addressing fall hazards. And when you're done, don't forget to submit a description of your Stand-Down on OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down page for a certificate of participation. You'll be glad you stepped up to Stop Construction Falls.
TOOLS FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH
Construction Noise & Hearing Loss Prevention Training Program
This new comprehensive program, which CPWR developed to raise workers' awareness of noise hazards and ways to prevent hearing loss, provides trainers and safety and health staff with flexible training options. The program includes a 1 hour module and a 30 minute module that can be used on their own or as part of OSHA 10- or 30-hour classes, and a series of short exercises that can be used in classroom or hands-on training sessions. Want to learn more? Join us April 26 for a webinar (see below).
Can aluminum-weave fabric protect workers from heat stress?
Many of us use aluminum-covered sun shades to keep our cars cool on hot summer days. A CPWR-supported research team at Auburn University has been testing a 50% aluminum weave fabric (Aluminet) to see if it can help protect workers from heat stress in the summer. Test results from an Aluminet vest were mixed, but shade tents for cooling breaks may hold more promise. Visit cpwr.com for a one-page summary of the study's key findings or the full CPWR Report, Aluminet: An Intervention for Heat-related Illness among Construction Workers.
NEWS & EVENTS
April 26 @ 2pm ET (60 min). New Training Program: Construction Noise & Hearing Loss Prevention. Learn about CPWR's new comprehensive training program, developed to raise awareness of noise hazards and ways to prevent hearing loss. The program provides trainers and safety and health staff with flexible training options as a stand-alone course or as part of OSHA 10- or 30-hour Outreach Training.CLICK TO REGISTER