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Silica dust control in small-scale building/structure demolition operations using good work practice guidance.
Muianga-CV; Rice-CH; Succop-P
J Phys: Conf Ser, Inhaled Particles X 2009 Mar; 151(1):012055
Work practices can influence exposure, especially in small-scale operations conducted by mobile work crews. This study evaluated the use of information on good work practice in control guidance sheets adapted from UK Silica Essentials guidance sheets by trained workers and supervisors employed in small-scale concrete and masonry demolition operations. A one-page employee silica task-based control guidance sheet for each of four demolition tasks and multiple-page silica control guidance for supervisors were developed. Interactive, hands-on worker training on these task-based good work practice controls was developed. Training was presented to 26 participants from two demolition crews. Feedback on the training and task-based good work practice control guidance sheets was elicited. Observations of work practices were made before and after training. Participants indicated gains in knowledge and checklists were used to document skill attainment. The quality of the training and usefulness of the material/skills was rated high by trainees. Increased use of water to suppress dust and wet cleaning methods on the job were documented following the training. Additional follow-up after training is required to determine long-term impact on sustained changes in work practices, and to evaluate the need for refresher training.
Biohazards; Biological-effects; Biological-factors; Breathing; Breathing-zone; Chronic-exposure; Health-hazards; Inhalation-studies; Lung-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Occupational-safety-programs; Particle-aerodynamics; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Risk-analysis; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Training; Work-environment; Work-practices; Workplace-studies
CV Muianga, Department of Environmental Health, College of Medicine University of Cincinnati. 3223 Eden Ave., Kettering Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056
Issue of Publication
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Inhaled Particles X, 23-25 September 2008, Sheffield, UK
University of Cincinnati
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division