Safety Safety & Health Partnerships in Construction: Moving Research into Practice


Many individuals and groups are interested in improving the safety and health of construction workers. While each one has a role to play, there is a greater chance of achieving widespread change when they collaborate with one another. CPWR has successfully used a number of different partnership structures to advance the development and use of safer equipment and work practices. These partnerships, which include researchers, government representatives, industry associations, manufacturers, unions, contractors, and other industry stakeholders, have increased CPWR’s capacity to disseminate research-based solutions and respond to end user needs. As a result of these efforts, several tools and resources have been developed that others can use to develop partnerships, strengthen existing ones, and identify opportunities for collaboration.  Attendees of this workshop will learn about CPWR’s partnerships and networks, (such as the online Construction Safety & Health Network), the Construction r2p Partnership Toolkit, and how to apply various lessons learned from our experience and research to establish, strengthen, or sustain their own collaborative efforts.



Presented by:

Jessica Bunting, Program Associate, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research & Training

Jessica Bunting, MPH, is a Program Associate in the Research to Practice (r2p) Program at CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training. Jessica has a Master’s in Public Health in Behavioral & Community Health from the University of Maryland, and has worked in the field of public health for thirteen years.  She specializes in research to practice, behavior change, and program evaluation. Since joining CPWR eight years ago, she has focused on construction safety and health.  As a member of the r2p team, Jessica works to encourage widespread adoption of evidence-based solutions by construction contractors and workers through improving partnerships between researchers and stakeholders, increasing r2p capacity of intermediary organizations, helping stakeholders identify research needs, and developing tools, strategies and resources to translate and disseminate research findings.