ASSE & CPWR Release Safety Resources for Construction Workers

ASSElogo_featureASSE and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) released a collection of construction safety materials in Spanish.

The new Spanish-language Safety Toolbox Talks, which have been available in English for more than 2 years, are a vehicle for easily disseminating OSH information in the workplace. The tools incorporate elements that have been identified through NIOSH research to be effective, such as case studies, discussion questions and site-specific actions for promoting a safety culture. They provide content for on-site discussions and cover topics relevant to the construction industry including: biohazard safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, confined spaces, fall protection, eye protection, silica, trench safety and workplace stress.

The release of the 52 Spanish versions of the Safety Toolbox Talks is part of a collaborative effort between ASSE and CPWR that, in addition to providing resources, aims to evaluate the effectiveness of current workplace safety tools. This comes after a May 2015 report by ASSE and NIOSH found that Latino immigrant workers are at a higher risk of on-the-job injuries and illnesses in the construction industry. ASSE and CPWR will continue to collaborate on a pilot project designed to conduct formative research on the series when used by small construction firms to distribute OSH information.