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Presentations / Powerpoints
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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...

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....

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'...

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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Toxic Paint Removers: Safer Alternatives Methylene Chloride Hazards

Methylene chloride (dichloromethane) is a widely used solvent that can cause serious illness or death when used in enclosed spaces. It is a cancer-cau...

Spray Painting Hazards and Air Line Respirator

A conflict between industrialization and worker health developed in the painting industry during the early 1900s with the introduction of the spray ma...

Painting Health Hazards and Their Control

This is from the 1984 NIOSH video, Dual Protection (14 minutes), an excellent training tool that is still relevant today, 25 years later. It explores...

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...

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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...

Personal Protective Equipment Training Guide

Training on PPE such as hardhats, eyewear, gloves and shoes, includes discussion questions and a sign-off form. Part of a collection. Click on the 'co...

Chemical Spills Training Guide

Training on handling of hazardous chemical spills, including emergency action plans and hazardous materials business plans – includes questions for...

Paints and Solvents Training Guide

Training on potential harmful effects of paints and solvents such as inhalation hazards and fires or explosions - includes discussion questions and a...

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...

Adhesives & Resins Training Guide

Training on the potential dangers of adhesives and resins, what products contain them, and how to use MSDS’s– includes questions for discussion an...

Personal Protective Equipment Checklist

A checklist of information on hazards and PPE that should be worn for each. Includes PPE such as hardhats, eyewear, gloves and shoes. Part of a colle...

Paints & Solvents Checklist

A checklist for potential harmful effects of paints and solvents. Includes information such as hazard identification, training, work practices and PPE...

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...

Adhesives and Resins Checklist

A checklist on the potential dangers of adhesives and resins, including items such as hazard identification, training, PPE, and storage and transport....

Chemical Spills Checklist

Checklist on handling of hazardous chemical spills, including emergency action plans and hazardous materials business plans. Part of a collection. Cli...

Training Materials
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OSHA Resource for Development and Delivery of Training to Workers

More than 100 of OSHA’s current standards contain requirements for training. Furthermore, a comprehensive workplace safety program needs to include...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Direct Reading Devices

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

Chemical Glove Selection

This fact sheet reviews the hazards associated with skin exposure to chemicals and selecting the appropriate gloves....

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...

Skin Problems: Protect Your Skin

This CPWR hazard alert is one of an ongoing series. This one deals with protecting workers' hands through proper hygiene and glove selection. It also...

Chemicals and Health: Free Online Course from Johns Hopkins

This free course of six sessions from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health runs from Sept. 15 until Oct. 27, 2014. It covers chemicals...

Emergency Response Apps from the National Response Team

Contractors, workers and safety professionals have access to an increasing number of free or relatively inexpensive applications for smart phones that...

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...

Burn Injuries among Roofers

Case examples of roofers who have suffered burn injuries and steps to prevent such injuries....

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....

California Hazard Alert - n-Hexane use in Vehicle Repair

Brochure explaining the health hazards associated with exposure to the solvent n-Hexane, how to identify if you are at risk, and how to reduce exposur...

California Hazard Alert -- 1-Bromopropane (n-Propyl Bromide)

Brochure explaining the health hazards associated with exposure to 1-Bromopropane, how to identify if you are at risk, and how to reduce exposures....

California Hazard Alert - Diesel Engine Exhaust

Brochure explaining the health hazards associated with exposure to diesel engine exhaust, how to identify if you are at risk, and how to reduce exposu...

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: Emergencies

A handout describing the most common emergencies in roadway work and how to respond to them most effectively. Part of a collection. Click on the 'coll...

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...

Asbestos Containing Materials

A list of materials that may contain asbestos...

Hazard Alert: Solvents in Construction

Solvents in many adhesives, paints, and cleaning fluids can be hazardous if inhaled or in contact with skin. This hazard alert card describes steps yo...

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: Skin Problems in Construction

Hazard alert card listing problems caused by exposure of skin to wet concrete, solvents, and adhesives, and advice for protecting oneself from such ex...

Research Reports
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Safety Training: Tell Me a Story

This article discusses the social and cultural power of stories, and how they have been used to develop training for skilled blue-collar workers. It i...

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...

Full Disclosure Required: A Strategy to Prevent Asthma

A number of chemicals are known to cause the onset of asthma and are labeled asthmagens. These chemicals are common ingredients of many interior finis...

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....

Work-Related Burns among Roofers, Oklahoma, 1988-2006

A report to Oklahoma Injury Surveillance Participants on work-related burns among roofers, including hot tar and electrical burns....

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...

Polyurethane Table

Excel spreadsheet of information on polyurethane products (isocyanates) materials compiled in support of the paper Risk of Isocyanate Exposure in the...

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....

CPWR Technical Report: Risk of Isocyanate Exposure in the Construction Industry

This study focuses on identifying and collecting data on polyurethane products (isocyanates) that are commonly used and most likely to present skin ex...

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....

An Analysis of Fatal Events in the Construction Industry 2003

Descriptions of the 707 fatal events inspected by OSHA resulting from accidents which occurred in construction during calendar year 2003....

An Analysis of Fatal Events in the Construction Industry 2002

Descriptions of the 719 fatal events inspected by OSHA resulting from accidents which occurred in construction during calendar year 2002....

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...

Does It Really Work? How to Evaluate Safety and Health Changes in the Workplace

NIOSH guide for how to evaluate whether a change in the workplace improves safety or health for workers. This 2004 booklet uses examples from the nurs...

An Analysis of Fatal Events in the Construction Industry 2000

Descriptions of the 637 fatal events inspected by OSHA resulting from accidents which occurred in construction during calendar year 2000....

An Analysis of Fatal Events in the Construction Industry 1997

Descriptions of the 604 fatal events inspected by OSHA resulting from accidents which occurred in construction during calendar year 1997....

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...

Health Assessment Document for Diesel Engine Exhaust

Link to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) evaluation of the hazards of working around diesel exhaust from truck, bus, and other heavy-dut...

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...

NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program

Link to the section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s website that contains their FACE reports (Fatality Assessment and...

A Comparison of Safety and Health Training of Painters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington

The findings of a three-year study comparing the effectiveness of differing safety and health requirements for painters in three states -- Alaska, Ore...

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 Granite Construction Company Sacramento, California HETA 94-0408-2564 March 1996

A comprehensive research study comparing occupational exposures and adverse health effects using conventional asphalt paving to those with CRM paving...

Construction Health Hazard Evaluation Martin Paving Company Yeehaw Junction, Florida HETA 95-0118-2565 March 1996

A comprehensive research study comparing occupational exposures and adverse health effects using conventional asphalt paving to those with CRM paving...

Construction Health Hazard Evaluation Spartan Paving Company Lansing Michigan HETA 94-0365-2563 March 1996

A comprehensive research study comparing occupational exposures and adverse health effects using conventional asphalt paving to those with CRM paving...

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....

An Assessment of Metal Maintenance Workers' Solvent Exposures

A study of chemical exposures affecting metal polishers/refinishers, recommending substitution of water-based solvents for current chemical strippers...

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....

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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U.S. workers remain at risk from potentially deadly paint-removers

This article on the science blog, The Pump Handle, highlights the hazards of paint removers, adhesive removers and prepaint products that contain meth...

Alert C19: Application of Waterproof Coatings in Rooms and Confined Spaces

Workers have been injured or died as a result of preparing or spraying waterproof coatings in rooms or confined spaces. Discusses OSHA regulations and...

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...

Floor Coatings

A Canadian trade magazine article explaining how workers applying chemical floor coatings in basements are at risk of fire and inhalation of hazardous...

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...

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...

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...

Ailments Pose Dilemma for Workers' Comp.

Describes several workers who suffered debilitating diseases but have been unable to get workers’ comp in Texas. Part of a collection. Click on the...

Unreported Deaths : Were They Tied to Refinery Work?

A newspaper article describing the deaths of 3 workers. Although the deaths were not officially attributed to working conditions, there are questions...

Too High a Price : Niemann

A newspaper article talking about a contract electrician and instrumentation specialist, nearly died of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) which he bel...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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 and Guidance
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Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin No. 5: Hazard Communication

Temporary workers are entitled to the same protections other workers. This bulletin addresses how to identify who is responsible for providing hazard...

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...

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/NIOSH Alert: Methylene Chloride Hazards for Bathtub Refinishers

OSHA and NIOSH jointly produced this 2013 Hazard Alert based on at least 14 worker deaths since 2000 related to bathtub refinishing with stripping age...

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....

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: 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...