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Construction safety and health research, five years of progress and proposals for the future.

The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
NIOSH 1996; :1-46
The first 5 years of the program for research and development on construction safety and health established by Congress in 1990 was reviewed, and proposals were made for the future of the program. New knowledge has been gained on safety and health risks to workers and how to prevent them. In addition the program has defined an agenda for building a new safety culture throughout the industry. This idea has been supported by unions, employer groups, scientific societies, and voluntary organizations. The fact that the industry has consisted mainly of very small contracting firms that operate in an environment characterized by constant change has been important. At this conference, 140 researchers from the construction industry, government, and academia agreed on a need to accelerate progress and select priorities. Workshops were conducted concerning construction surveillance techniques to determine whether current sources of surveillance data actually provide an adequate assessment of the health of construction workers and to identify new sources of data and follow up techniques; economics of the industry and how they are affected by various interventions, demographics, barriers to implementing safety and health practices, and prioritization of efforts; exposure assessment, specifically using the task based approach; interventions; and musculoskeletal disorders.
NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Accident-prevention; Construction-workers; Safety-research; Occupational-safety-programs; Construction-industry; Safety-practices; Risk-factors; Epidemiology
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Cooperative Agreement; Construction
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Report of the CPWR-NIOSH Program Planning Conference Joint Strategies to Advance Research in the Construction Industry, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1-2 April, 1996, the Center to Protect Workers Rights, Washington, D.C.
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Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division