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Health Trak: a participatory approach for ergonomic imporvement in construction.

Authors
Buchholz-B; Moir-S; Garrett-J
Source
Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites, Singh A, Hinze A, Coble RJ. eds. Rotterdam, Netherlands: A. A. Balkema, 1999; :711-716
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20042867
Abstract
Health Trak is a participatory approach that involves construction workers and management, as well as occupational health researchers, in identification, evaluation and control of health hazards. Each eight-week Health Trak cycle has three key components: 1) participatory committee meetings with worker and contactor representatives, 1) toolbox meetings with workers on-site, and 3) participant observation. Ergonomic hazards, such as Health Trak cycles have been completed to date. In the first cycle, the participants identified the lack of sanitary facilities as the health hazard for study. Though an intervention was not implemented, the efforts of this committee have had a profound impact on the local industry. In the second cycle, the committee focused on ergonomics and was successful in implementing interventions to control manual material handling hazards.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-workers; Workers; Health-hazards; Sanitation; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Manual-materials-handling; Ergonomics
Publication Date
19990101
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9058090361
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-113060
Source Name
Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts
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