NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals
927007M - Assessing the Utility of Control Banding in the U.S.Start Date: 10/1/2003
End Date: 9/30/2012
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Thomas Lentz
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal AddressedNone
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Construction50%
Through national and global partnerships, this project will provide guidance for control banding, a simplified strategy for applying risk assessment and control technology concepts to occupational exposures in small businesses. This project will evaluate the effectiveness this approach and determine obstacles to implementation. Adapting existing models, the project will consider applications for NIOSH priority areas of ergonomics, dermal exposures, and traumatic injuries.
This project will investigate multiple issues relating to the utilization of control banding, a system of occupational hazard classification and control developed and initiated in the pharmaceutical industry and advanced in the United Kingdom (U.K.). This approach to controlling risk from chemical exposures was designed specifically to meet the needs of small businesses. Since its implementation by the U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the control banding concept has been studied and endorsed by other international bodies, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization/ International Programme on Chemical Safety (WHO/IPCS), the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), and within the United States by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Primary objectives of this project will be to determine the utility and barriers to implementing control banding for addressing hazards in U.S. workplaces. This project translates research into practice for safety and health professionals, employers, and workers. Key components of the project include evaluation of the utility of the control banding approach (especially for small businesses) and development of guidance and information materials for practice.
Project objectives and corresponding performance measures include the following: