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Thursday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Construction Sites are Workplaces Too: Considering the Health of Those Who Occupy Buildings Before Turnover

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Construction work ranks among the most dangerous jobs in America. As such, safety plans and OSHA requirements focus on daily task hazards and high-risk activities. But other subtle dangers lurk on every jobsite. These conditions remain unknown and go undetected – until the effects show up years later. Those who succumb to chronic illness caused by exposure to construction materials are not even counted among the lives lost.

Twenty years ago, those working with asbestos were unaware of the risks and long-term effects from the exposure. It wasn't until we started to see the trends of chronic illness that we changed our procedures to address the dangerous materials. And yet, not much else has changed. What do we know about the other materials on our jobsites?

Inspired by the Well Building standard, which looks at limiting chronic diseases and stopping rising healthcare costs, we started looking into the conditions on our own jobsites. Just because it's a construction site, it shouldn't mean our employees and trade partners should expect a poor working environment. After all, if the job leads to chronic health problems, what good is the job?

Learning Objectives:
  1. Compare jobsite air quality against baseline measurement and turnover levels.
  2. Adopt tools and techniques that can be used to monitor and control air quality on jobsites.
  3. Design and specify healthier materials with consideration for how they're installed.
  4. Collaborate with industry partners early on, during preconstruction, to plan the working environment.
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Susan Heinking

Vice President of Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction
Susan leads Pepper's High Performance and Sustainable Construction Group. A licensed architect and LEED Fellow, she has over a decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives in the building industry. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's... Read More →
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Mike Grant

Vice President, Pepper Environmental Technologies
As the lead manager for Pepper Environmental Technologies, Mike brings to the team his 20 years of experience and expertise with a variety of environmental technologies. Mike provides the team with environmental consultation and conducts OSHA compliance training that includes confined... Read More →
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Dan Ruane

Director of Safety Management, Pepper Construction
Dan has 15 years of experience in construction safety. At Pepper, Dan is responsible for planning, implementation and maintenance of safety training programs. He is involved in pre-planning to ensure all safety and health concerns are addressed and conducts regular safety audits... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702