Classic CPWR Training Tools: Ahora en Español!

The U.S. construction industry employs upwards of two million Latinos, most of them foreign-born. They suffer death and injury on the job at rates well above the industry average, and many would benefit from quality Spanish-language safety and health materials.

CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training is committed to filling this need. Over the past few years, tens of thousands of workers have learned about common construction hazards from our powerful, image-driven Hazard Alerts on topics like silica, trenches, and aerial lifts. Now CPWR has translated the popular cards into Spanish. The eye-catching Alerts are available for free download.

Another CPWR blockbuster, "Lessons to Go Home Safe," has been also made available for a Spanish-language audience. The three short animated videos -- telling true stories of a fatal trench collapse, ladder fall, and electrocution, along with methods to prevent similar accidents -- have been viewed more than 18,000 times since their English-language debut on New Year's Day 2014. Now Spanish as well as English versions are available on CPWR's Youtube Channel.

CPWR consortium member Michele Oschner and colleagues in New Labor have developed and tested a Spanish-language Day Laborers' Health and Safety Workbook and an accompanying Trainer's Companion Guide. The worker-centered curriculum is available in English as well.

OSHA has updated its Hazard Communication Standard to match global norms. Are your Spanish-speaking workers familiar with the new symbols and requirements? If not, check out the Spanish-language Hazard Communication Training Manual created by the CPWR Training Department. 

Finally, not long ago in this space you read how NIOSH had launched the Buy Quiet web resource as part of the ongoing fight against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in our industry. NIOSH has now made Buy Quiet available en español! You can visit the Spanish-language site at Compre las máquinas silenciosas.