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Presentations / Powerpoints
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Construction Fatalities 2001: Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Charts and tables on construction fatalities from the Census of Fatal Occupational Industries, offered in both pdf and Powerpoint format....

World Trade Center New Employee Orientation

An in-depth training program for new employees at the World Trade Center Site, covering topics such as PPE wear, hazards of the site and emergency pro...

Safe Work Permits

A training presentation on safe work permits, what they are, when they are needed and how to use them.Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection'...

Contractor Safety a Growing Issue

A presentation on the necessity and benefits of having a comprehensive safety program and an introduction to the requirements of a program....

Videos
(10)

Construction Workers Recall Working Around Asbestos

This is clipped from a 1978 film which provided an explanation of asbestos, the dangers it poses to our health, and the importance of precautionary me...

Bagging Asbestos Fibers

This clip shows the asbestos bagging operations after the mining and milling of the asbestos-containing ore at the Cassiar Asbestos Company's asbestos...

Application of Built Up Asbestos Roofing

Until the 1980s in the US, asbestos was a popular material in industrial, commercial and construction applications. Asbestos typically found its way i...

Asbestos in building construction

This was clipped from the 1959 film, Asbestos a matter of time, by the US Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior. For more information about a...

Dr. Irving Selikoff Pioneering Asbestos Disease Researcher

Dr. Irving J. Selikoff was a remarkable physician and scientist who contributed to knowledge in several areas of medicine, including asbestos-related...

Uses of Asbestos: Examples from the 50s and 60s

Clips showing uses of asbestos products in the 1950s and 1960s taken from government and industrial films. The films are available from the Internet...

Testing an Asbestos Suit

A clip demonstrating a new fire and heat resistant suit....

WATE 6 News report on the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program

WATE 6 News story highlights the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program (BTMed). The program provides medical screening to building trades...

Health and Safety Executive Short Videos on Construction Hazards

Link to a series of videos concerning near-misses and work-related hazards in construction and other industries. The quick-loading one-minute videos...

No Butts About It - A BUILT video

A humorous and accurate discussion of why construction workers should quit smoking - such as that the mix of workplace toxins with tobacco has a more...

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Toolbox Talks
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Giving Effective Toolbox Talks

This short Laborers' newsletter article describes 13 key elements for creating a toolbox talk that can make a difference on a construction site. The L...

PESO: Health in Construction

Brief description of things commonly found on construction sites that can be hazardous to a worker’s health. Part of a collection. Click on the 'col...

PESO: Hazard Communication

Brief description of OSHA’s hazardous communications requirements including information on MSDS and training. Part of a collection. Click on the 'co...

PESO: Hazard Identification

Brief description of how to identify a potential hazard before an accident happens. Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection' button to access t...

Respirators Checklist

A checklist of items that need to be covered for respiratory protection including a respiratory protection written program, requirements for different...

Respirators Training Guide

Training on respirators, when they are needed, different types and how to use them, including questions for discussion and a sign off sheet. Part of a...

Fiberglass Training Guide

Training on the impact of fiberglass exposure including hazard identification, training, worker protection and PPE – includes questions for discussi...

Asphalt Training Guide

Training on the potential dangers of asphalt, how to identify hazards and work with it safely– includes questions for discussion and a sign-off form...

Asbestos Training Guide

Training on the potential dangers of asbestos, how to identify hazards and work with it safely– includes questions for discussion and a sign-off for...

Asphalt Checklist

A checklist on the potential dangers of asphalt, including hazard identification, training, work practices and PPE. Part of a collection. Click on the...

Asbestos Checklist

A checklist on the potential dangers of asbestos, including hazard identification, training, PPE and working with ACM. Part of a collection. Click on...

Fiberglass Checklist

A checklist for fiberglass exposure, including hazard ID and communication, training, work practices and PPE. Part of a collection. Click on the 'coll...

Training Materials
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Smoking Among Workers: By the Numbers

This poster was created for Workers' Memorial Day 2014 by NIOSH. It shows that construction leads all sectors in the percentage of workers who smoke (...

CPWR Four-hour Hazard Communication Course

This CPWR course was revised to reflect the major changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard that became effective May 25, 2012. These changes...

CPWR Four-hour Hazard Communication Course Student Manual

This CPWR course was revised to reflect the major changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard that became effective May 25, 2012. These changes...

CPWR 4-hour Hazard Communication Course Instructor Manual

This CPWR course was revised to reflect the major changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard that became effective May 25, 2012. These changes...

Hazard Checklist: Toxic Substances

Checklist provided by the California State Compensation Insurance Fund to help contractors keep track of the use of toxic substances and make sure the...

Inspecting Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry

International Labor Organization handbook is designed to help provide information and training for inspectors. It contains information on key safety...

Combustible Dust (Poster)

Contains language from an OSHA poster including a chart of materials that could cause combustible dust explosions. Measures for dust and ignition cont...

NIOSH Suggested Guidance for Supervisors at Disaster Rescue Sites

Link to NIOSH guidance document for Supervisors at Disaster Rescue Sites, which includes recommendations for a written work plan and safety checklists...

The Absolutely Essential Health and Safety Toolkit for the Smaller Construction Contractor

Link to an HSE publication containing illustrations, brief information about some workplace deaths related to the safety problems, and references to...

BUILT Instructor's Manual

An instructor's manual for the BUILT program with in-depth materials for discussions, lectures and activities.Part of a collection. Click on the 'coll...

Direct Reading Devices

A guide produced by the British Occupational Health Society on selecting and using spectrometry, ionization, chromatography, and other instruments. C...

BUILT - Construction Workers' Guide

A handbook on the dangers of smoking, how smoking interacts with respiratory hazards in the construction workplace, and tips on making the workplace s...

Handouts
(19)

OSHA Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Cleanup PPE Matrix

This Dec 2012 factsheet from OSHA provides an easy-to-use table that recommends personal protective equipment based on the hurricane cleanup task bein...

3M Technical Bulletin #184: Above the Shoulders PPE for Flood Recovery and Clean-up

This 2008 guide reviews the hazards that workers and home owners face during clean-up after a flood. Mold is given significant treatment, but so is as...

3M Technical Bulletin: Personal Protective Equipment and Residential Wildland Fire Cleanup

This 2007 guidance from 3M covers the potential cleanup hazards faced by workers and homeowners after a wildland fire in residential areas. The guide...

Keeping Workers Safe During Hurricane Sandy Cleanup and Recovery

This OSHA Factsheet from November 2012 reviews the potential hazards posed to workers cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Sandy and recommends prote...

ISEA Listing of Female Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers

A list prepared by the International Safety Equipment Association that identifies sources and contacts for personal protective equipment designed for...

OSHA Quick Card: Respirators

Brief description of the different types of respirators and the importance of using proper protection....

OSHA Quick Card: Construction Protective Equipment (PPE)

Brief description of types of PPE and why their use is important....

Fact Sheet: NIOSH Recommendations for Limiting Potential Exposures of Workers to Asbestos Associated with Vermiculite from Libby, Montana

Report about health effects caused by vermiculite contaminated with asbestos from mines in Libby Montana. Much of this vermiculite was used in the man...

BUILT: Toxics & Tobacco on the Job - Protecting Your Health: Construction Workers' Guide

A booklet with in-depth information for construction workers about the hazards of smoking, the interaction between other respiratory hazards and smoki...

BUILT: Quitting Tobacco - The Next Step: Employer's Toolbox for Building a Cessation Program

A booklet for employers that discusses the reasons for having a smoking cessation program, and steps and advice on setting one up.Part of a collection...

BUILT: Toxics...Tobacco & Your Kids

A handout focusing on the impact of smoking on your children. Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection' button to access the other items....

BUILT: Tobacco-Free Construction Worksites: A Labor-Management Guide

A labor-management guide to setting up a smoking cessation program, including legal issues, motivation for a program and practical advice.Part of a co...

Hazard Alert: Air Purifying Respirators in Construction

Types of air purifying respirators, determining whether you need one, which kind you need and how to wear one...

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classe...

Fact Sheet for Workers in Secondary Response and Other Supporting Roles

A basic NIOSH fact sheet on respiratory safety for workers assisting in disaster response....

BUILT - Union Yes Tobacco No

A brochure discussing the impact of smoking on health, finances, families and retirement. Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection' button to ac...

Asbestos Containing Materials

A list of materials that may contain asbestos...

Respirators

Article offers a brief guide to the types of available respirators as classified by NIOSH and which hazards each is designed to address....

Hazard Alert: Asbestos in Construction

Hazard alert card describing how construction workers may be exposed to airborne asbestos, how this can endanger them, and how they can avoid these da...

Research Reports
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The Economic Impact of the Environmental Career Worker Training Program

This report presents the results of an analysis of the economic benefits from the NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP), which wa...

A Case-Control Study of Airways Obstruction Among Construction Workers

This paper looks at the contribution of work-related exposures to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among construction workers. The authors...

Mortality Among Sheet Metal Workers Participating in a Respiratory Screening Program

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) was formed in 1985 to examine the health hazards of the sheet metal industry in the U.S....

Not An Accident: Preventable Deaths 2015

This report is released to mark Workers’ Memorial Week, a remembrance of those who have lost their lives at work. The event is observed nationwide ...

Chemical Safety, Health Care Costs and the Affordable Care Act

This article provides an overview of chemical use and regulation in the United States and makes a case for passing the Chemical Safety Improvement Act...

Construction Research at NIOSH: Reviews of the Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Executive Summary

A review of NIOSH construction research programs between 1996 and 2005 and related recommendations....

Injuries Are Not Accidents: Construction Will Be Safe When It's Designed to Be Safe (Case Study 4 from Lessons Learned - Solutions for Workplace Safety and Health

Case study on hazardous conditions and actions that could be taken to prevent these conditions, including implementing an occupational safety and heal...

Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries among Hispanic Construction Workers 1992-2008

This data brief provides updated data on fatal and nonfatal injuries among Hispanic construction workers, focusing on changes in recent years....

Occupational Exposures, Respiratory Symptoms, and Blood Lead Levels among Latino Day Workers in Greater New Orleans

Results of a study of Latino migrant workers in New Orleans, Louisiana. The purpose of the study was to describe the occupational experience over time...

CPWR Technical Report: Analysis of Work-Related Safety & Health Hazards of Unrepresented Workers in the Iron Working Industry

This study looked at the work-related safety and health hazards of unrepresented workers in the iron working industry. Interviews were with 87 non-uni...

CPWR Return on Investment Calculator

A description of CPWR’s Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator including a link to the site....

NIOSH Worker Health Chartbook, 2004: Excerpts

An excerpt from a chartbook that includes figures and tables describing the magnitude, distribution, and trends of the Nation’s occupational injurie...

Occupational Injuries among US Construction Workers Treated at the George Washington University Emergency Department, 1990-97

This report profiles injury tracking of emergency room visits to George Washington University Hospital, from 1990 through 1997. Includes information o...

Man-Made Vitreous Fibers

Man-made mineral fibers (MMMF) - glass, ceramic, rockwool and slagwool - are used for heat and sound insulation, sometimes to replace asbestos. MMMF c...

The Work Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report, 2002

Link to NIOSH’s WORLD Surveillance Report, which provides some data through 1999 for construction workers related to asbestosis, asthma, chronic obs...

NIOSH Exposure Assessment of Cellulose Insulation Applicators

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation of blown cellulose insulation applicators recommending use of respirators and moistening to reduce dust inhalation...

Women in the Construction Workplace: Providing Equitable Safety and Health Protection

Study and recommendations based on the work of the ACCSH Health and Safety of Women in Construction. The focus is on the prevalence of a hostile workp...

Surveillance of Construction Workers in North Carolina, Ohio, and Missouri :Summary of Final report to CPWR: January 2001

An in-depth report on the cause of death in construction workers in North Carolina over a 10 year period, including recommendations on improving healt...

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma During Prospective Surveillance of 1249 Asbestos Insulation Workers, 1963-1974

Abstract of a 1976 study of lung cancer and mesothelioma in a population of union insulators in New York....

Final Report: An Investigation of Health Hazards on a New Construction Project

A study to assess noise, chemical and ergonomic hazards during construction of the new IAM union headquarters....

Health Hazards to Construction Workers During the Demolition of Two Tenement Buildings

NYC Department of Health and Mount Sinai medical center perform safety and industrial hygiene assessment of interior demolition work at two Bronx tene...

Abnormalities Consistent with Asbestos-Related Disease Among Long-Term Demolition Workers

A 1994 study of New York demolition workers documenting significant indirect evidence of unhealthy occupational exposure to airborne asbestos....

Abstracts & Summaries
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Asbestos-related cancers and respiratory diseases among sheet metal workers

Abstract: Researchers followed a cohort of 17,345 individuals with 20 or more years in the trade, identifying the cause of death in order to examine o...

NIOSH Construction Compendium

One-page summaries of over 100 NIOSH-supported construction safety and health research projects in 2002....

NIOSH Update: New Leads for Lung Disease Prevention Offered in NIOSH Study That Charts Areas of High Prevalence

Summary of results from a 2002 NIOSH study showing that employees in construction, agriculture and certain manufacturing sectors are at elevated risk...

Association between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Employment by Industry and Occupation in the US Population: A Study of Data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Study

Abstract of a 2002 study showing that employees in construction, agriculture and certain manufacturing sectors are at elevated risk of COPD....

Knowledge Bank Construction Tasks

A health and safety database has been developed on the basis of knowledge gained over the past decade in the Dutch construction industry, which includ...

Household - Contact Asbestos Neoplastic Risk

Abstract of a 1976 paper discussing the health risk to household members of workers handling asbestos....

News Articles
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World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. Around the world, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, and the number is expected to increase due to t...

2005 OSHA Resource Center Loan Program

OSHA announcement about a loan program for Spanish safety training videos. Includes information on how to apply as well as a list of available videos...

OSHA Medical Evaluation Questionnaire for Respirator Use and Instructions for Filling it Out

A copy of the medical evaluation questionnaire for respirator use....

An Effective Respiratory Program

Description of a respiratory protection program, including when a respirator is needed, medical evaluations, types of respirators and how to select th...

Surveillance of Respiratory Diseases Among Construction and Trade Workers at Department of Energy Nuclear Sites.

Medical screening programs for workers at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear sites have found increased risk for lung problems, depending on year...

EPA & NIOSH Warn Homeowners and Workers about Asbestos Hazard from Vermiculite Insulation

EPA and NIOSH post an official warning that vermiculite insulating material has sufficient asbestos content to pose a health hazard when disturbed....

How Much Eye Protection is Enough?

Provides information on various types of eye protection and what type is needed depending on the hazards encountered. Provides statistics on eye injur...

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

Discusses the variety of issues that can impact the safety of an indoor construction site such as inhalation hazards, noise, and poor housekeeping and...

Improving Safety Can Save You Money

Provides data on the financial benefits of improving safety with information on direct and indirect costs of injuries and illnesses....

Lack of Employee Enforcement is Main Barrier to Road Worker PPE Use (ISEA)

Describes the results of a survey of workers on roadway construction sites on PPE use for a variety of types of equipment and barriers to wearing the...

The Effects of Unusual Work Schedules and Concurrent Exposures on Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)

The article describes the impact that factors such as duration of exposure and existence of multiple, simultaneous exposures have on OELS (Occupationa...

Site Communications

Describes a set of hand signals to use for communication when normal communication isn’t possible due to noise or respirator wear and discusses the...

Free Medical Screenings Begin for Former Hanford Workers

An announcement that former construction and maintenance workers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford, Washington, nuclear facility are be...

Deadly Trades

Discussion of a nine-month investigation by the Houston Chronicle that found that some, and perhaps many, of the deaths, illnesses and injuries in the...

Home was no Haven

A newspaper article talking about a worker exposed to asbestos whose family died from exposure when he brought home clothes with asbestos on them. He...

Bitter Pill for Workers when Legal Stakes are High

A discussion about controversy surrounding testing of asbestosis in Beaumont Texas. Claims were made that tests were used that reduced the odds that a...

What They Knew, When They Knew it

Discussion about the history of knowledge about the hazards of exposure to asbestos and benzene and that for many years, little was done to protect wo...

Man-Made Fibers May Cause Cancer

Although manufactured insulation fibers are sold as a safe alternative to asbestos, some studies suggest a possible cancer risk....

Finns Tie a Disease, Asbestos Exposure

Researchers in Finland have found that retroperitoneal fibrosis, a rare disease, may be caused by exposure to asbestos....

The More We Learn, the More Things Stay the Same: Notes on a Pioneer in Occupational Safety and Health

1942 remarks by an industrial hygienist show that concerns about welding fumes and airborne silica reach back more than seven decades....

Recalls
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NIOSH - Respirator Users Notice; Emany Consulting Mislabeled Packaging

A request to distributors to stop the sale of respirators with the following NIOSH approval numbers TC-84A-4177, TC-84A-4191 and TC-84A-4239 because t...

Fact Sheet: Protect Your Family from Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation

A U.S. EPA Factsheet about naturally-occurring asbestos in vermiculite insulation from the Libby mine. The fact sheet explains how to determine if a h...

NIOSH Revokes Certificate of Approval on Select Respirators Manufactured by Bei Bei Safety Company

Notification that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revoked the certificates of approval issued to Bei Bei Safety Comp...

NIOSH - Respirator Users Notice; Approval Revoked

Notice that NIOSH rescinded approval of International Safety Devices, Inc., Air Capsule 5-Minute Emergency Escape Respirator....

NIOSH: Some Respirator Approvals Revoked

Notice that the NIOSH certificates of approval for Survivair Incorporated’s Willson ® Dalloz Safety Products respirator assemblies using the P95 fi...

Government Requirements
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OSHA Guide: Protecting Roofing Workers

This is an illustrated guide for employers that provides information about safe practices in roofing and links to additional resources....

Occupational health risk management in construction: A guide to the key issues of occupational health provision

This document was prepared by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Health Risks Working Group, which advises the Health and Safety Ex...

OSHA Construction Industry Digest

This 2011 informational booklet from OSHA is intended to provide an overview of frequently used OSHA standards in the Construction industry. Trainers...

ACCSH 1994-4, exh 8, Engineering Work Group Final Report

ACCSH Engineering Workgroup report and recommendations for OSHA Work Group on their review of construction standards to determine where Competent Pers...

ACCSH 1980-4, exh 1, Health Standards in Construction - Final Report

ACCSH Health Standards Workgroup report including discussion of problems and solutions....

ACCSH 1995-1, exh 10, Health and Safety of Women in Construction (HASWIC) Final Report

Study and recommendations based on the work of the ACCSH Health and Safety of Women in Construction. The focus is on the prevalence of a hostile workp...

ACCSH 1994-5, Exh 16, Hazwoper Working Group Recommendations

ACCSH HAZWOPER Workgroup report and recommendations, including a call for promulgation of the Accreditation Standard....

ACCSH 1994-5, exh 17, Safety and Health Programs Report and Recommendations

ACCSH Safety and Health Program Workgroup report and recommendations for OSHA concerning appropriate elements for a comprehensive program standard. Pa...

OSHA Residential Construction page

Describes OSHA standards that apply to residential construction. Also provides a variety of resources on safety and health programs, training and dire...

NIOSH - Respirator Users Notice; Dust/Mist Filsters Approved Under Title 30 CFR, Part 11

NIOSH recommends replacing any respirator produced and approved under 30 CFR Part 11 with filters approved under 42 CFR Part 84....

Do I Need A Respirator

A brief description of the types of respirators that can be used for protection against asbestos, silica and other dusts....

Which Respirator Filter Do I Need

A brief explanation of the type of respirator needed to protect against asbestos....

Respiratory Protection

Template for a respiratory protection program...

Hazard Communication

A template for a hazard communication safety program, focused on awareness of chemical hazards....

Safety & Health Program

A template for a safety and health program that is applicable to construction....

OSHA: The Asbestos Advisor 2.0

A link to the OSHA Asbestos Advisor 2.0, a free download to help owners and contractors assess how asbestos regulations apply to their project. Part o...

OSHA: Respiratory Protection Program Advisor

A link to the OSHA Respiratory Protection Program Advisor, a web-based tool to help owners and contractors assess how respiratory protection regulatio...

US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements Manual

This manual prescribes the safety and health requirements for all US Army Corps of Engineers activities and operations, with reference to applicable...

Reference Books
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Annotated Bibliography of Issues in the U.S. Construction Industry

A listing of peer reviewed research articles on economic, labor, and human resources management issues in the U.S. construction industry. It is based...

Encyclopedia of Occupational Safety & Health : Chapter 93 - Construction

A comprehensive overview of health and safety in construction worldwide, including trades, typical hazards, methods of prevention, regulations, manage...

The Construction Chart Book 4th Edition

A broad collection of tables and charts covering health and safety in the U.S. construction industry, as well as considerable economic and training da...