RF radiation and the construction industry


CPWR UPDATE
Issue 61, November 2016 
Is Your Workplace Safe?
Quarterly Data Report: Construction Worker Perceptions of Worker Safety
 
Much of our information about workplace safety and health comes from reports filed by employers. In 2015, the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) included an Occupational Health Supplement -- giving workers an opportunity to speak up about safety and health in their workplace. The CPWR Data Center recently analyzed the responses. Among the standout findings: 
  • More than 60% of American workers consider their workplace "very safe" -- but fewer than half of construction workers think so. That's the lowest number for any U.S. industry except agriculture.
  • Construction workers were far less likely to enjoy workplace access to health promotion programs, such as blood pressure screening or help quitting smoking, than the average U.S. worker (24% to 47%).
  • Hispanic construction workers were much more likely to worry about losing their jobs than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (16.5% to 9.8%).
Want to learn more? You can read the full results in CPWR's latest Quarterly Data Report, Workplace Safety and Health Perceptions of Construction Workers. Or join Data Center Director Sue Dong on November 17 for a webinar -- "Safety Management and Safety Culture in the Construction Industry" -- discussing these and other recent Data Center findings. CLICK HERE to register!
TOOLS FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH
New Hazard Alert: Asbestos

CPWR has added an updated Hazard Alert on Asbestos to its popular series. The sturdy, water-resistant pocket brochures are written in plain language and contain powerful color illustrations. They are great handouts for tailgate talks and training classes, and are available upon request by contacting news@cpwr.com. The Hazard Alerts can also be downloaded from www.cpwr.com as 8x11 flyers.


RESEARCH NEWS
Bringing Safety Information to Building Information Modeling (BIM)

A University of Alabama research team supported by a CPWR small study grant has designed and tested an application enabling safety personnel to enter near-miss information into Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs. The tool makes it possible for project managers, superintendents and other members of a project team to generate a visual map of near-miss incidents, incorporating safety concerns into design choices and task planning. The authors have published their results in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and CPWR hosts a one-page summary of the study's key findings on our website.  


Pete Stafford
Executive Director

NEWS & EVENTS
CPWR Webinar
Thursday, November 17 @ 2 pm: Safety Management and Safety Culture in the Construction Industry. CLICK TO REGISTER
Recent CPWR Studies
John Gambatese, Catarina Pestana, and Hyun Woo Lee, 2016. Alignment between lean principles and practices and worker safety behavior. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

Xu Shen and Eric Marks, 2016. Near-miss information visualization tool in BIM for construction safety. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
 
CPWR in the News
Construction Nonfatal Injury Rate Dips Slightly in 2015. ENR, 10/29/2016

Crisis in Flint underscores a national problem. ENR, 10/12/2016

Construction safety group aims to raise awareness of RF radiation exposure. Safety + Health, 10/12/2016






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