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Workshop series: control banding: a risk assessment tool for joint labor/management health and safety committees.

Bracker A; Morse T
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R13-OH-008949, 2008 Jul; :1-12
Control banding (CB) is a control-focused risk management model that has received international attention. Control banding is designed to control workplace chemical exposures after the completion of a semi-quantitative risk assessment. Connecticut was one of the first states to provide training on how to use this control focused tool. Joint labor/management teams and individuals attended a series of three control banding workshops and learned how to use the United Kingdom ( UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Essentials Toolkit, a control banding model. After the initial training program the investigators used follow-up workshops, questionnaires, site visit data and case studies to evaluate the training curriculum and assess the utility and effectiveness of the CB strategy. Sixty-eight (68) participants, including managers (40%), workers (29%), consultants (22%), and planning committee members (9%) attended Workshop I. The participants came from 34 worksites. Fourteen of these worksites sent teams and 20 sent individuals. Thirty-six workers, managers and planning committee members attended Workshop II and seventy-nine health and safety professionals, managers, workers and planning committee members attended Workshop III. Thirty-one (45%) of the participants who had attended Workshop I returned for the second workshop. Twenty four (35%) of the participants who had attended Workshop I returned for the third workshop. We found that the COSHH Essentials CB model can be easily learned, although some areas for improvement were identified. After attending Workshop I participants from ten of the workplaces returned to work and used COSHH Essentials to evaluate at least one task. Based on a follow-up survey with these workplaces the investigators concluded that the training curriculum was effective - the worksites had used the model correctly. The agreement between the CB exposure variables coded by these workplaces and the independent expert, a certified industrial hygienist (CIH), was highly concordant. The model promoted a discussion of risk between workers and managers and resulted in implementation of improvements in the work environment. The model agreed with an independent CIH qualitative risk assessment 75% of the time, and likely over-controlled for 60% (3/5) of the cases of non-agreement. Feedback from workshop participants informs current dialogue on the implications of implementing CB in the United States.
Analytical-processes; Injury-prevention; Management-personnel; Models; Qualitative-analysis; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Supervisory-personnel; Training; Work-practices
Anne Bracker, MPH, CIH, University of Connecticut Health Center, Section of Occupational and Environmental Health, 263 Farmington Avenue, MC 6210, Farmington, CT 06030-6210
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