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Job-Site Safety Institute Awards National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Grant to Finalize Development of Virtual Safety Consultant App

Jodi Vedelli 
(919) 227-0295

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – (June 5, 2018) – The Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to improving safety and protecting lives, is pleased to announce it has awarded a grant to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The focus of this grant is to finalize the development and launch a virtual safety consultant application for residential construction businesses. 

This grant will be used by NIOSH to develop a virtual safety consultant app that will introduce residential construction workers to hazards they may face on job-sites.  The app will provide a low-cost way to ensure worker safety based on NIOSH research and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.  This virtual tool will promote safety information on construction topics ranging from roofing and dry walling to counter top installation and more.  Training recommendations from the app may include tools such as checklists, training videos and links to other educational materials.  NIOSH will also create a model for effective delivery of workplace safety and health apps to small residential construction businesses.

“With over 65% of the contractors in the United States having less than five employees, many small contractors struggle to get access to the latest safety information, guidance and tools,” notes Bill Schaffner, executive director of JSI.  “With the Job-Site Safety Institute’s goal of reducing injuries on each and every job-site, partnering with NIOSH through the creation and release of a safety app will give contractors a convenient, timely way to help create a safe worksite for each employee.”

“Small businesses, especially in construction, experience a disproportionate burden of occupational injury, illness, and fatalities.  These small contractors need safety and health information that is easy to access, fits with the work they are doing, and comes from a source they  trust,” states Dr.Thomas R. Cunningham, Chief, Training Research and Evaluation Branch, Education and Information Division, and coordinator of the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program  “Our work will help to not only develop a useful tool for small contractors to ensure a safe worksite, but also help identify more effective ways to get safety and health resources into the hands of small businesses.”

About JSI                                 

Founded by Builders Mutual, the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. This research and educational organization is dedicated to eliminating all job-site related injuries and deaths in the construction industry. Research by JSI will play a critical role in improving on-the-job safety and saving lives.