NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals
927Z8UB - Control Technology DatabaseStart Date: 4/1/2007
End Date: 9/30/2009
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Dawn Ramsey
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal AddressedNone
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Construction50%
This project will develop a database of engineering controls solutions for workplace hazards based upon research in the Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch (EPHB), Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART).
The call for successful solutions to workplace problems and the use of actual proven examples for occupational safety and health problems is not new. EPHB has studied health and safety hazard control techniques for many years. Some of the studies have evaluated a specific industry, while others have focused on a process or agent. As we have conducted our studies, we have found that many of the processes, types of equipment, and emission/exposure points are common across plants, companies, and industries. Technical reports have been prepared on each of these studies and they are currently stored in branch files. Many of the finalized control technology reports have had a relatively limited distribution. We have also found that many plants have developed innovative, effective, and transferable hazard controls; however, other facilities are often not aware of control solutions being used by other businesses. There is potential for enormous benefits from an open exchange of information on hazard control techniques. There are obviously many other considerations involved in controlling occupational hazards (i.e. awareness of hazard, technical and economic viability, motivation to control, etc.); however, the awareness of available control options is a basic requisite to good decision making.
The objectives of this study are to: 1) identify and organize engineering control solutions; 2) create searchable database of solutions; and 3) place database on web for accessibility.