In the residential construction industry, a safe work environment and well-written, up-to-date program isn't optional, it's legally essential. Not only does it keep employees healthy and safe, but it can stave off huge losses including everything from workers' compensation to equipment issues, administrative costs and even periods of low productivity.

BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently released the fourth edition of its Jobsite Safety Handbook, to help builders navigate and comply with the latest OSHA requirements.

The comprehensive guide, that features both English and Spanish translations, describes how those in the residential construction industry can comply with OSHA regulations while focusing on the most common hazards found on jobsites. It also covers the key issues residential builders and trade contractors need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries.

The pocket-sized handbook includes a series of general safety tips that are explained in simple terms and are accompanied by illustrated, colorful examples of common best practices that can be incorporated into a company's safety and health programs.

With clear illustration and color photographs, the Jobsite Safety Handbook includes new information on topics such as:

  • Fall protection for roofing work and around openings
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Heat and cold stress
  • Hazardous materials and silica
  • First aid and medical services
  • Employer duties, including training and protective equipment

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Jobsite Safety Handbook, Fourth Edition is available for purchase at Soft-cover/130 pages, $13.95 retail, $12.50 NAHB member, ISBN 978-0-86718-777-9.

[Editor's Note: Editors who are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the Jobsite Safety Handbook, Fourth Edition to review for their publications should contact Patricia Potts at]