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National Construction Center 

CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training was awarded NIOSH’s National Construction Center cooperative agreement for 2009-2014 through an extramural competition. CPWR, based in Silver Spring, MD, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. NIOSH intends for the Center to directly link to the diverse construction community, to serve as a leader in applied construction research, and to diffuse and disseminate effective interventions in the construction industry. As the National Construction Center, CPWR’s internal researchers and consortium of nine academic partners conduct research to identify causes and solutions to safety and health risks workers face on the job, targeting several NORA Construction goals as well as emerging issues.

NIOSH first funded the National Construction Center in 1993. Established in 1990, CPWR has a history of conducting projects that explore ongoing as well as emerging worksite problems that can cause fatalities, injuries and illnesses to construction workers. In addition, CPWR offers programs to train instructors in general and specialized safety and health topics.