In 2000, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)launched the electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH) as a free online source of research and training information on the topic of construction safety and health. By 2010, it had grown to contain nearly 2,000 items, with more than 30,000 unique visitors each month, including safety and health professionals, researchers, workers, contractors and trainers. The site's content had also diversified.
For example, a search on noise brings up presentations, videos, images of noisy situations, toolbox talks, handouts for use by trainers or employers, as well as recent research findings and studies on noise and hearing conservation.
The online source was created with a strong focus on both worker and re-searcher accessibility and use, and the site has proven quite valuable to a range of practitioners. Trainers are major beneficiaries and avail themselves of the nearly 1,000 images described and clearly labeled as either good or bad practices. Trainers are encouraged to use these images freely in their own presentations or to use one available on eLCOSH. Site safety practitioners regularly download toolbox talks to educate workers on construction sites. A new series of 52 toolbox talks developed in conjunction with NIOSH represents the first set of tools incorporating elements shown to be effective through re-search. Researchers appreciate access to 130 research reports on eLCOSH, particularly since finding specific research with-out eLCOSH is often time-consuming.