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New: 52 Spanish Language Toolbox Talks!
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training recently released a collection of Safety Toolbox Talks aimed at increasing the number of safety materials available for Spanish speaking workers in construction. This collection of 52 Toolbox Talks has been available in English-only for just over two years and is widely used on construction sites across the country, with more than 100,000 downloads in the first year alone.
According to BLS, 27.3 percent of workers in construction were of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity in 2014, and the fatality rate among Latino workers increased in 2013 to 3.9 per 100,000 workers, up from a rate of 3.7 per 100,000 in 2012. At the same time, the number and rate of fatalities for all other races declined or stayed the same. Making this collection of toolbox talks available in Spanish is an important step forward in addressing the disparate injury and fatality rates affecting the Hispanic & Latino workforce.
The Safety Toolbox Talks are guides designed to easily disseminate safety and health information in the workplace. They incorporate effective elements, identified through NIOSH research, like case studies, discussion questions, and site-specific actions to promote a safety culture. They cover topics relevant to the construction industry including: biohazard safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, confined spaces, fall protection, eye protection, silica, trench safety, workplace stress among others. The Safety Toolbox Talks provide content for a year of weekly on-site discussions.