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Presentations / Powerpoints
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Personal Air Sampling for Crystalline Silica Exposure

This PowerPoint was presented on April 14, 2016 to the NASA industrial hygiene community as part of a video teleconference on the new silica standard....

Protecting Workers Exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica

This OSHA PowerPoint provides an excellent overview of the agency's proposed rule on respirable crystalline silica as well as a good background on the...

Health and Safety Aspects of the Construction Industry

This was a presentation in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Anna Baetjer Course on Occupational Health. It was provided by Bruce...

UC Ergonomics/Safe Pavement Breakers Presentation

Presentation on research conducted on the use of jackhammers in construction and the hazards....

Protecting Yourself During a Dirty Bomb Response

This is a training tool is an awareness-level health and safety resource for "skilled support personnel" who will participate in a dirty bomb response...

Silica: The Deadly Dust

A presentation on what silica is and the illnesses that result from exposure. Includes pre and post test and questions and answers....

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...

Confined Space Entry - Permits

Training materials on confined space entry, including permits to enter, background on the hazards of confined spaces and procedures to follow to impro...

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'...

Confined Space Entry

A presentation on the confined space standard, including definitions, explanations of hazards and information on how to comply....

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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Stop Silicosis

This OSHA video covers the promulgation of the revised silica standard, which was published on Mar 25, 2016. The YouTube video starts with a clip from...

The Campaign to End Silicosis

Sadly, the effort to update OSHA's silica dust regulation, first issued in 1971, is not done more than 15 years after this campaign began. Each year,...

Silicosis Described

Silicosis is an incurable lung disease caused by inhalation of dust that contains free crystalline silica. Overexposure to dust that contains microsco...

Inverted Drill Press

This 2-min. video shows the Inverted Drill Press in action. CPWR researcher David Rempel, MD, developed the innovative tool to reduce force to the bod...

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...

Workers Are The Experts

See new tools and practices developed by construction workers to improve safety and health on jobsites and hear the workers talk about the project and...

Drywall Dust Engineering Controls

This 7-min. video proves engineering controls reduce drywall dust. Dust controls can reduce hazardous exposure to silica, which can cause silicosis, a...

Stop Silicosis

“Stop Silicosis" was produced in 1938 by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its efforts to prevent the disease. The 12-min film shows that more...

Horizontal Directional Drilling - Safe Work Practices

This 24-min. video provides an overview of horizontal drilling underground for utilities and other uses, then describes ways to best work practices, b...

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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Silica

This toolbox talk was created by NIOSH and CPWR and covers the potential hazards created by silica. The design allows workers to view a graphic while...

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 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...

Respirators Checklist

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

Cement & Concrete Training Guide

Training on the hazards of concrete and cement, such as silicosis, and ways to protect yourself – includes questions for discussion and a sign-off f...

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...

Cement & Concrete Checklist

A checklist on handling concrete and cement to reduce exposures of silica, including hazard identification and monitoring, training, work practices an...

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...

Training Materials
(21)

The Day Laborers' Health and Safety Workbook - English

This interactive workbook is based on OSHA 10-hour hazard awareness training for construction workers, includes participatory activities for trainees,...

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...

Work Safely with Silica - Comprehensive Source & Planning Tool

This is a one-stop source of the latest information on silica and how to prevent exposures. The site includes a tool to develop a job specific silica...

Hazard Checklist: Spraying Operations

Checklist provided by the California State Compensation Insurance Fund to help contractors make sure that there is proper ventilation, workers have ap...

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...

Hazard Checklist: Abrasive Wheel Equipment (Grinders)

Checklist provided by the California State Compensation Insurance Fund to help contractors make sure their grinders are in proper working order. Part...

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...

Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction

This OSHA guidance document reviews the common sources of airborne silica in construction work and methods to reduce worker exposure....

Cutting Paving: Cutting Precast Concrete Blocks Flags and Kerbs - Efficient Design and Managing the Risk

General guidance document on controlling dust when cutting precast concrete block, flags and kerbs....

Guides for Managing Silica Control Programs in Construction

Comprehensive guide on management of silica, including engineering controls, exposure assessment, and respiratory protection. Also includes guides for...

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...

Silicosis in Sandblasters: A Case Study Adapted for Use in U.S. High Schools

A training booklet for high school students about silica exposures and lung damage, focusing on 10 sandblasters who had silicosis....

Chipping the Barrel: Hazards of Cleaning Ready-Mixed Concrete Trucks

Cleaning the drum in cement trucks entails confined space, lockout/tagout, noise and respiratory dangers – here is the proper way to address each ha...

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
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Construction Safety Checklist

Checklist exercise for immigrant day laborers working in residential construction. This is an activity sheet to accompany additional training material...

Reducing Hazardous Dust Exposure When Cutting Fiber-Cement Siding

Construction workers may be exposed to hazardous dust containing silica when cutting fiber-cement siding. The National Institute for Occupational Safe...

Field Guide for Controlling Silica Dust Exposure on Asphalt Paving Machines

This four-page guidance contains a review of dust controls that are now available on half-lane and larger asphalt pavement milling machines as the res...

Model Silica Specifications for Masonry Grinding, Cutting and Sawing

These specifications were created by a national advisory group of researchers, contractors, labor organizations and government that came out of a long...

Worker Exposure to Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing

This OSHA-NIOSH Hazard Alert is based on recent NIOSH field studies that show workers may be exposed to dust with high levels of respirable crystallin...

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: A Primer for Public Health

This guidance document came out of NIOSH-sponsored workshops in September 2009 and June 2012 on the use of workers’ compensation data for occupation...

Construction Dust

This factsheet from the Health and Safety Executive of the United Kingdom tells employers what they need to know to prevent or adequately control co...

Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction While Doing Tuckpointing/Mortar Removal

Tuckpointing creates some of the greatest exposures to silica in construction. This OSHA factsheet provides guidance on how to greatly reduce these ex...

Recommended Skills and Capabilities for Silica Competent Persons

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) released this white paper to describe a common, minimum body of knowledge needed by a competent...

Hazards of Operating Unguarded Stone Cutters and Splitters in Landscaping and Other Worksites

OSHA issued a Safety and Health Information Bulletin about using stone-cutting machines with hydraulic-powered blades to split paving stones. OSHA war...

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 Data Bulletin #207: Hydraulic Fracturing

“Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting large volumes of water, sand and chemicals deep underground at high pressure to create fissures. W...

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...

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...

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Safety for Carpenters

Summary of information that workers should be aware of when working with Medium Density Fiberboard, including the health risks and regulatory requirem...

OSHA Quick Card: Respirators

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

OSHA Quick Card: Silicosis

Brief description of the hazard associated with exposure to silica, including sources of exposure and how to prevent silicosis....

OSHA Quick Card: Construction Protective Equipment (PPE)

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

Dry Cutting & Grinding is Risky Business

Brochure on New Jersey’s probation on dry cutting, the risks and precautions. Produced by the Department of Health and Senior Services....

Working with Cement Roofing Tiles: a Silica Hazard

Brochure outlining describing how roofers are at risk, explaining what silicosis is, and steps workers can take to protect themselves....

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...

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...

What Physicians Need to Know About Occupational Silicosis and Silica Exposure Sources

Document that workers should give to their physician. It provides the doctor with information on how to identify a worker at risk for silicosis and si...

What Physicians Need to Know About Silicosis in Construction, Demolition, and Renovation Workers

A form to be given to a physician describing the hazards of silica, symptoms and diagnoses of silicosis....

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....

Eye Safety for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

Link to a NIOSH Fact Sheet for emergency response and disaster recovery workers how to help prevent eye injuries. Includes additional links on the NI...

Silicosis Alert

An alert for workers about the dangers of silicosis, including a letter to be given to a physician explaining the dangers and clinical signs....

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...

Silica Alert

A NIOSH national alert to warn workers involved in rock drilling that they may be at risk for developing silicosis, including an explanation of what s...

Preventing Occupational Fatalities in Confined Spaces

This alert presents case studies of deaths in confined spaces and provides information on how to avoid injuries and deaths in them....

Control of Drywall Sanding Dust Exposures

Describes the risks of exposure to dust and silica while sanding and steps that can be taken to lessen the risks through environmental controls....

CPWR Hazard Alert: Silica

This CPWR Hazard Alert reviews the hazards of silica, the building materials that contain silica, the tasks that expose workers and the methods to red...

Using the Jack Hammer Safely

A short guide on how to minimize risk to one’s hands, eyes, ears and lungs while operating a jackhammer....

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: Safe Work with Power Saws

A hazard alert detailing major occupational dangers associated with power saws and methods to mitigate them....

Research Reports
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NIOSH Workplace Solutions: Reducing Hazardous Dust Exposure When Dowel Drilling in Concrete

Construction workers may be exposed to hazardous dust containing respirable crystalline silica when using dowel drilling machines to drill horizontal...

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...

Bending Toward Justice: How Latino Immigrants Became Community and Safety Leaders

This report is from a CPWR-financed collaboration of a New Jersey-based workers’ center called New Labor, researchers at Rutgers University, and imm...

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 ...

Best Practice Engineering Control Guidelines to Control Worker Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica during Asphalt Pavement Milling

This guidance is the results of ten years of collaborative research through the Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership, which is coordinated by NA...

An Evaluation of Silica Exposure Controls for Tuckpointing: DustControl 2900c Vacuum with the ICS Dust Director Shroud and Bosch Grinder Model 1775E Conducted November 14-15, 2012

The results of an evaluation, in a controlled setting, of a tuckpointing dust control system consisting of a Bosch model 1775E grinder, a Dust Directo...

An Evaluation of Silica Exposure Controls for Tuckpointing: Hilti VC40-U Vacuum with Hilti DC-EX Dust Guard and Hilti Grinder

This report describes the results of an evaluation of a tuckpointing dust control system consisting of a Hilti VC40-U vacuum, a Hilti DC-EX shroud, an...

The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Fall 2013 – Summer 2014

This report captures noteworthy events in occupational health and safety during the year from August 2013 through July 2014 in the U.S. The authors in...

Training Package on Workplace Risk Assessment and Management for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

This ILO document is a training package aimed at owners and managers of small to medium-sized enterprises to help them improve risk assessment and man...

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....

Evaluation of Dust Emission Properties for Hand-Operated Power Tools and Devices Used for Work on Mineral Materials

BG BAU report on a joint practice-oriented research project focused on hand-held tools and the effectiveness of their dust controls....

UC Ergonomics/Safe Pavement Breakers

Report on research conducted on the use of jackhammers in construction and the hazards as part of the 2010 Occupational Health Internship Program....

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 Effects of Debris Accumulation Upon Air Flow and Filter Resistance to Air Flow for Four Commercially Available Vacuum Cleaners

The results of a laboratory study conducted to evaluate how mortar debris affects air flow and pressure losses through a vacuum cleaner’s filters....

Workplace Solutions: Control of Hazardous Dust During Tuckpointing

A NIOSH Workplace Solutions that summarizes a NIOSH study on exposure hazards when tuckpointing and methods to control the dust....

Water Spray Control of Hazardous Dust When Breaking Concrete with a Jackhammer

A NIOSH Workplace Solutions that summarizes a NIOSH study on exposure hazards when breaking up concrete with a jackhammer and methods to control the d...

Field Tests of a Water Induction Nozzle as a Dust Control for Abrasive Blasting

The results of a field tests of a wet abrasive blasting device and its impact on the level of respirable crystalline silica dust....

In-Depth Survey Report of a Demonstration and Evaluation of Roofing Tile Saws and Cutters Controlling Respirable and Crystalline Silica Dust

The results of a NIOSH study, which included a demonstration and evaluation of roofing tile saws and the Hytile tile cutter and their impact on silica...

In-Depth Survey Report of a Local Exhaust Ventilation Device for Suppressing Respirable and Crystalline Silica Dust from Powered Saws

The results of a NIOSH study, to quantify the respirable dust and respirable silica exposures of roofing workers using an electric powered saw with an...

Results of a Pilot Study of Dust Control Technology for Asphalt Milling (Payne & Dolan)

The results of a NIOSH performed to evaluate the effectiveness of water spray controls for a cold milling machine. The objective of this study was to...

In-Depth Survey of Dust Control Technology for Asphalt Milling

The results of a NIOSH evaluation of the effectiveness of water spray controls for a cold-milling machine, including the dust exposure reduction achie...

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...

Protecting Tuckpointing Workers from Silica Dust: Draft Recommendations for a Ventilated Grinder

Describes draft recommendations for use of ventilated grinder to reduce dust during tuckpointing and describes field trials using these devices....

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...

Excessive Exposure to Silica in the US Construction Industry

Exposures to respirable dust and silica were investigated among 36 construction sites in the USA. This study indicated that silica exposures are gross...

Asthma in Heavy and Highway Construction Workers Exposed to Silica

Reports results of a study of workers involved in tunnel construction, focusing on prevalence of asthma-related symptoms....

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...

Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Drivers: Work-Related Hazards and Recommendations for Controls

An in-depth report on the hazards faced by ready-mix concrete drivers, statistics and suggestions for improving their health and safety....

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...

Construction Health Hazard Evaluation Johnson Brothers Company Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania HETA 93-1037-2541 March 1996

A health hazard evaluation (HHE) of steel-plate (watertank) sandblasting and painting operations in PA that revealed an overexposure to silica and no...

Airborne Exposures and Ambulatory Peak Expiratory Flow in Drywall Finishers

Personal air sampling of 10 drywall finishers measures exposure to respirable dust, including but not restricted to crystalline silica....

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....

Abstracts & Summaries
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Cancer Incidence Among Union Carpenters in New Jersey

An abstract of a study of cancer in carpenters discussing an increased incidence of cancer of the peritoneum, digestive system, and respiratory system...

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...

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...

New Law in New Jersey Bans Dry Cutting of Masonry

Describes New Jersey’s new law banning dry cutting of masonry, including the history behind the law, reason for it and a link to the law....

CSAO Drywall Sanding: Dust exposure and ergonomics

Reporting results of a study comparing the use of an electric shrouded ventilated rotary sander (SVRS) to that of a pole sander, measuring ergonomic d...

CPWR, NIOSH Begin New 5-Year Program

CPWR is beginning a new 5-year program on construction safety and health with 20 projects on topics such as COPD, silica, electrical hazards and falls...

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...

BAC Local’s Respirator Program Benefits Workers and Contractors

Describes the benefits of a respirator program set up with the tuckpointers in Chicago....

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...

Big Dig

A U. Mass., Lowell professor discusses overhead drilling in the ‘big dig’ and its attendant ergonomic and airborne silica inhalation hazards....

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....

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...

Wood Worries

Newspaper article about the dangers of pressure treated wood and stories about arsenic-based illnesses that resulted from working with it....

Grinding Safeguards

Describes safety hazards using grinders, PPE that should be worn and steps that can be taken to reduce hazards....

Backhoe & Loader Safety

Information on how to handle a backhoe/loader safely, including clothing to wear, checking the machine prior to operation and operating it safely....

Safety Language for the Use of Power Saws and Grinders

Sample language that could be put into a bargaining agreement assuring that dry-cutting and dry-grinding are prohibited, in order to reduce the exposu...

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...

The Scourge of Silicosis - Deadly Dust Can Leave You Gasping at the Consequences

An article about the dangers of silica, attempts being made to change regulations to improve safety, and ongoing research on training and new technolo...

Preventing Silicosis

A NIOSH alert about the dangers of silicosis including case studies, methods of prevention, health effects, exposure limits, and examples of exposures...

Hazards of Pressure - Treated Lumber

A short description of the hazards of working with pressure-treated wood and symptoms of overexposure....

Dusts From Drywall-Joint-Compound Mud May be a Serous Lung Hazard, NIOSH Finds

The summary of a NIOSH study showing that "nuisance dust" from joint-compound mud used in drywall work can contain toxic materials. They recommend en...

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...

Harvard Studying Asphalt - Work Risks

A short description of a study being conducted to assess the risks of working with asphalt...

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 : Schaefer

A newspaper article talking about a worker who developed silicosis after sandblasting for a few years. Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection'...

Road to Regulation Paved with Conflicting Intentions

Discusses the conflict that often arises between protecting workers via strong regulations and dealing with large construction firms who oppose the re...

Alaska : Certifying Painters

A newspaper article describing Alaska’s law, passed in 1989, which requires that professional painters be certified through a training course to lea...

Recalls
(4)

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 and Guidance
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Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 4 - Safety and Health Training

This is part of a series of guidance documents developed under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Temporary Worker Initi...

OSHA Construction Industry Digest

This updated informational booklet is intended to provide an overview of frequently used OSHA standards in the Construction industry. Employers and em...

OSHA Final Regulatory Text for Silica in Construction

This is the final regulatory text for the 2016 OSHA silica standard for construction, which is scheduled for 6/23/2017 implementation....

OSHA Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction

OSHA Fact Sheet provides concise overview of the 2016 OSHA silica standard for construction....

OSHA Fact Sheet: Workers’ Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica: Final Rule Overview

OSHA Fact Sheet provides short overview of both 2016 silica standards, including one for general industry and maritime and one for construction....

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...

Reducing Hazardous Dust Exposure When Cutting Fiber-Cement Siding

This NIOSH guidance recommends practical actions to reduce the risks of silica-related diseases when cutting fiber-cement siding, which can contains a...

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....

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....

Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects

Detailed description of changes to Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects...

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...