NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
927Z4PU - Chemical Risk Assessment & Control in Small BusinessStart Date: 11/9/2005
End Date: 9/30/2012
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Thomas Lentz
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed8.0
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Manufacturing100%
This project seeks to evaluate control banding as a semi-quantitative risk assessment and management strategy to address occupational hazards, particularly for U.S. small businesses. A series of workshops will introduce the concept of control banding to twenty joint labor/management health and safety committees from Connecticut's small and medium sized enterprises. In total, up to fifty participants (committee representatives and workshop planning task force) will attend the workshop series.
A series of workshops will introduce the concept of control banding to twenty joint labor/management health and safety committees from Connecticut's small and medium sized enterprises. Control banding, an innovative risk assessment and risk management model, is attractive because it offers employers and workers simple, accessible, risk assessment strategies that can be used to target the tasks that require chemical exposure controls or professional risk assessment advice. In total, up to fifty participants (committee representatives and workshop planning task force) will attend the workshop series. This project will build upon NIOSH efforts to identify and address barriers to implementing occupational safety and health safeguards in small businesses. Utilizing a semi-quantitative risk assessment and management approach to chemical hazards in the workplace (control banding), this project will focus on the utility of guidance designed to facilitate effective use of chemical control solutions for small businesses. NIOSH control banding initiatives have identified validation concerns as the major challenge to its acceptance and promotion: i.e., how do we know it works and will small businesses be able to apply and use the guidance to implement effective controls?
After completion of the workshop series participants will be able to:
Within NIOSH there is broad, cross-divisional interest in occupational safety and health issues for small businesses. Statistics recognizing the injury and illness consequences of hazards, as well as resource limitations, for small business industries have been characterized in previous NIOSH research. Many NIOSH researchers have also been introduced to the concept of control banding and its possibilities for addressing the risk assessment/management needs of the U.S. small business community. On a global level, key NIOSH personnel associated with this project have been involved in examining and assessing control banding models. Despite the growing recognition internationally that control banding models can provide useful workplace occupational safety and health guidance, questions remain as to how readily this strategy can be adapted and utilized by the small business audience in the United States. This project will utilize engineering control solutions to provide hazard guidance in a form that is easily accessible and understandable by the small business audience, and is consistent with the goals of global harmonization for increased utility in developing countries and worldwide. Following research to practice (r2p) guidelines, a control banding model will be adopted and tested for its utility and effectiveness in U.S. small businesses.