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New Website Helps Workers and Contractors Work Safely with Silica

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hen the Masonry r2p Partnership learned that CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training was developing a website to help workers, contractors, and other stakeholders identify and control silica exposures, the immediate reaction was ‘how can we help’. From the initial focus groups with labor and management, to reviewing and testing early versions of the site, BAC, ICE and IMI responded to help ensure that the final site would include

information and end-products that would be useful for BAC members, contractors, and the masonry industry. The result, a new website – www.silicasafe.org – launched on November 15th. Three key features of the site are Know the Hazard, Create-A-Plan, and What’s Working. The Know the Hazard section is geared for anyone interested in learning more about why silica is hazardous, the risk, who’s at risk, the health effects, and steps workers and contractors can take

to work safely with silica. What’s Working is a section highlighting examples of what stakeholders are already doing to the control silica dust. This section also offers a place where workers and contractors can share their successes as well as a challenge. Create-A-Plan is a unique online planning tool that allows the user to create a job-specific plan for controlling silica dust in just three steps, as illustrated in the examples on page 24 and 25:

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Issue 1 - 2013  

bricklayers union and allied craftworkers

Issue 1 - 2013  

bricklayers union and allied craftworkers