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.
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!
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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!