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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....

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
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Lead Properties and Uses

Lead is a heavy, low melting, bluish-gray metal that occurs naturally in the Earth's crust. However, it is rarely found naturally as a metal. It is us...

Preventing Lead Poisoning in Bridge Construction Workers

Workers involved in the repair of infrastructure -- including bridges and roads -- are at risk for exposure to lead and lead poisoning. Because of the...

Lead Exposure at the Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter

This is clipped from the 1979 film, Working for Your Life (58 minutes, Labor Occupational Health Program Films) which explores the health and safety c...

Childhood Lead Hazard Pioneer Researcher Herbert Needleman, MD

Herbert Needleman, MD, is a pioneer in the history of medicine who has helped transform our understanding of the effect of lead on children's health....

Lead Palsy Wrist Drop

Lead is a potent, systemic poison that serves no known useful function once absorbed by your body. Taken in large enough doses, lead can kill you in a...

Lead Paint Dangers

The dangers of lead poisoning were known as far back as the early 19th century. In 1897, it was noted in Australia that children were becoming ill aft...

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...

Lead’s Revenge! ¡La Venganza del Plomo!

This innovative video with humor (in English and Spanish) informs workers and contractors that lead poisoning is still a serious health threat for the...

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Toolbox Talks
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Lead Exposure

This toolbox talk was created by NIOSH and CPWR and covers the hazards of lead exposure. The design allows workers to view a graphic while the facilit...

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...

Lead Training Guide

Training on potential harmful effects of lead, symptoms, typical jobs with lead exposure, precautions and regulations - includes discussion questions...

Lead Content Unknown Checklist

Checklist of items to perform if it is known that there is lead on a job but the amount is unknown. Includes training, respirators, other PPE and haz...

Lead Content Known Checklist

Checklist of items to perform if there is a known amount of lead on a job. Includes air monitoring, training, respirators, other PPE, housekeeping an...

Training Materials
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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...

EPA Model Renovation Training Course

EPA training program to minimize lead-based paint hazards during renovation, remodeling, and painting. Program includes: a presentation, supporting m...

Guides for Managing Lead Control Programs in Construction

Comprehensive guide on management of lead, including engineering controls, blood lead monitoring, exposure assessment, and respiratory protection. Als...

Roadway Safety: Instructor Manual

A manual that helps a trainer provide information on a variety of roadway hazards, such as electrical, falls, slips and trips and ergonomics. Part of...

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...

Bridge and Lead Removal & General Site Safety

A comprehensive program on maintaining safety when removing lead from bridges, including information on training, regulations and setting up of a safe...

Safety and Health on Bridge Repair, Renovation and Demolition Projects

Guidelines developed by the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) to assist bridge contractors in the development, improvement, a...

Lead Control Guide for Bridges and Steel Structures

A guide for construction workers, and contractors who work on bridge rehabilitation jobs, describing lead controls and contractor responsibilities to...

Working with Lead on Bridges

A guide for construction workers, and contractors who work on bridge rehabilitation jobs, describing lead controls and contractor responsibilities to...

Handouts
(15)

Welding Fume Data Entry Sheet

This spreadsheet was created by Mike Harris, Ph.D. CIH of Hamlin & Harris, Inc. Dr. Harris is a welding expert and is sharing this industrial hygiene...

New Health Dangers from Lead

This alert from the California Department of Public Health points out that workers can be harmed from levels of lead that were previously considered s...

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: Lead in Construction

Brief description of the hazard associated with lead exposure, how to avoid exposure and protect yourself....

OSHA Quick Card: Construction Protective Equipment (PPE)

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

Roadway Safety: Health Hazards

A handout describing dangers of health hazards such as silica, lead, asphalt and wet concrete, as well as methods to reduce the hazards. Part of a col...

Roadway Safety Awareness Program: Trainee Booklet

A training booklet that gives an overview of a variety of roadway hazards, such as electrical, falls, slips and trips and ergonomics. It is geared to...

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...

Children of Construction Workers at Increased Risk of Lead Poisoning

An article describing the increased incidence of lead exposure in children whose parents work with lead and steps that can be taken to decrease the ex...

What Physicians Need to Know About Occupational Lead Exposure

Information for physicians about lead exposure, including jobs most likely to be associated with exposures, where lead is found in the environment and...

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: Lead in Construction

Hazard alert card describing potentially dangerous lead exposure in construction and how workers can avoid such exposure....

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...

The Potential for Beryllium Exposure from Abrasive Blasting Operations using Coal Slag: a Brief Summary of Research Conducted by CPWR

From 2002‐2004, the CPWR - Center for Construction Research and Training set out to compare the potential for worker exposures to airborne toxics, p...

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....

The Weight of Lead: Effects Add Up in Adults

Discussion of lead toxicity and the impact on a person’s heart, kidneys and cognitive ability....

Lead at Work - Elevated Blood Levels in Massachusetts Workers, 1996-2001

Report on lead exposure among construction workers in Massachusetts, including the results, conclusions and recommendations...

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation: Ikens Hardwood Floor Services Madison, Wisconsin

Health hazard evaluation of lead and wood dust exposure produced during sanding and refinishing hardwood floors. Includes what was done, found and st...

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...

Can Working with Lead Hurt Children?

NIOSH explains the hazards posed to children of workers who are exposed to lead on the job and bring it home on clothing or in the car. The guidance i...

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...

Occupational Blood Lead Surveillance Of Construction Workers, II -Health Programs in Thirteen States

A study reviewing the adult blood lead surveillance system used in each of 13 states, with an emphasis on construction workers...

Occupational Blood Lead Surveillance Of Construction Workers - Health Programs in Twelve States

A study reviewing the adult blood lead surveillance system used in each of 12 states, with an emphasis on construction workers....

Implementing Lead-Safe Work Practices for Steel Structures

This 1995 survey of state DOTs identified extensive use of lead-based paint to protect steel bridges, and recommended policies to reduce worker exposu...

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...

Abstracts & Summaries
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NIOSH Construction Compendium

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

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...

News Articles
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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...

CDC Announces Issuance of Patent for Detecting the Presence of Lead

CDC announces patent for a handwipe that can detect the presence of lead on skin and work surfaces....

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...

Painters Prepping Lead-Paint Surfaces: Researchers find that half-mask respirators do not protect enough for hand sanding or conventional power sanding

Reports the results of a study of painters exposed to lead paioverexposed to lead and that a half-face respirator often does not provide enough protec...

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....

Curing Construction Health Woes

A description of common health issues in construction and preventative measures, focusing on musculoskeletal disorders, hearing loss, inhalation hazar...

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...

Don't Chew Wire Coatings : The Plastic May Contain Lead

A case study of an electrician who had a high level of lead in his blood that turned out to be a result of chewing on plastic coatings on electrical w...

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...

Too High a Price : Barrows

A newspaper article talking about a worker who had extreme lead poisoning due to unsafe practices by a contractor. Part of a collection. Click on the...

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...

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...

Firing Ranges and Elevated Blood Lead Levels

This is a warning from the DOE Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy that NIOSH considers indoor firing ranges a recognized source of exposure to...

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

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

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 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...

Informing Regulatory Decisions: 2009 Report to Congress on the Cost and Benefits of Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Entities

A 2009 U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report required by Congress reviewed 98 major federal regulations and found the benefits exceeded th...

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....

Model Specifications for the Protection of Workers from Lead on Steel Structures Revised September 2002

A set of model specifications for a health and safety program to protect workers from lead while working on steel structures such as bridges. Very co...

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: Lead in Construction Advisor 1.0

A link to the OSHA Lead in Construction Advisor 1.0, a free download to help owners and contractors assess how lead regulations apply to their project...

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...