Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) PPOP

What are our priorities?

CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training serves as the National Construction Center under a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cooperative agreement. Since 1990, the Center has focused on reducing occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, and promoting worker well-being in the construction industry. Current priorities include:

  • Protecting construction workers from job site exposure to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Preventing injuries and fatalities, like those caused by falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds
  • Reducing existing and emerging respiratory hazards
  • Reducing painful injuries, like work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • Increasing understanding and response to mental health issues, particularly suicide and opioid use
  • Fulfilling the goals above by putting research into practice
What do we do?
  • Collaborate with NIOSH, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Occupational Research Agenda Construction Sector Council to develop, implement, and promote resources in support of the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and associated ‘Falls Safety Stand-Downexternal icon,’ the National Struck-by Stand-Downexternal icon, and other priorities.
  • Analyze and share data on construction safety, health, and well-being trends, particularly among Hispanic workers and other at-risk populations; and identify emerging hazards and research needs.
  • Engage all stakeholders and partners in planning, conducting, and disseminating safety and health research.
What have we accomplished?
  • Developed resources for construction workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including two websites, a webinar series, guidance documents, a Toolbox Talk, and infographics.
  • Educated contractors and workers on preventing MSDs through dissemination of a comprehensive ergonomic training program.
  • Led efforts to improve workers’ mental health by
  • developing resources to prevent suicide and opioid use, such as webinars and infographics, communications research on preventing opioid use, and an opioid awareness training program.
  • Responded to the high rates of falls among workers at small contractors with a special section on stopconstructionfalls.comexternal icon and accompanying dissemination effort.
What’s next?
  • Develop and disseminate COVID-19 materials, including updating existing guidance on ventilation and vaccination.
  • Publish results and resources from 13 current research projectsexternal icon, on topics like ergonomics, falls, safety climate, isocyanates, nanomaterials,

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CPWR is dedicated to reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the construction industry through training, research, and service programs. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work.

¡OPERADORES! 4 pasos para la seguridad en la zona de trabajo

Translation: OPERATORS! 4 Steps for Work Zone Safety Infographic also available in Englishexternal icon.

To learn more, visit
www.cpwr.comexternal icon
July 2021

Page last reviewed: October 28, 2020