Path forward: emerging issues and challenges.
J Saf Res 2010 Jun; 41(3):301-306
The NIOSH Construction Program worked with industry stakeholders to develop a National Occupational Safety and Health Construction Agenda to target future research and activities. The Program and its partners are also cognizant that new developments can emerge over time and that research can play an important role in helping to understand and address these emerging issues. Examples of emerging issues relevant to construction safety and health are described. These include: (a) climate change and energy considerations; (b) green construction developments and opportunities; (c) new materials; (d) changes in industry structure and practice; (e) workforce developments and disparities; (f) injury underreporting and cost and risk shifting; and (g) increased interest in addressing root causes. Responding to emerging issues while maintaining a focus on fundamental longstanding issues represents an ongoing challenge for researchers and industry organizations. Additional research to understand the diffusion and adoption of research by the industry is also needed. Research accomplished to date provides a strong foundation for addressing future industry needs and trends.
Safety-programs; Safety-research; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Protective-measures; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workplace-studies; Climatic-conditions; Climatic-effects;
Author Keywords: Emerging Issues; Construction Industry changes; Research challenges; NORA National Construction Agenda; Green construction
Matt Gillen, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Construction Safety and Health, 395 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20201
Journal of Safety Research