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Health Trak: a participatory approach to reducing health risks in construction: report on cycle 1: February-March 1997.

Garrett J; Moir S
Lowell, MA: University of Massachusetts, Lowell, R01-CCR-113060, 1997 Feb; :1-20
Health Trak will be conducted 12 times over the next three years. This report covers the first Health Trak cycle. This cycle involved a union contractor replacing a mile-long section of highway that employed approximately 100 workers, including carpenters, laborers, operating engineers, ironworkers, and electricians performing different work tasks from demolition to finish work. Health Trak's objectives at this site were to: 1. Develop and implement a participatory method; 2. Identify potential hazards and implement an intervention. During this cycle, four workers, two contractor representatives and two researchers made up a Health Trak Committee. Worker and contractor representatives worked together to identify, evaluate, and control a work-related health hazard. The researchers served as facilitators and technical assistants. As this report will show, the Health Trak Committee's process was successful in conducting participatory research. The committee identified and prioritized a hazard for intervention, although they were unable to implement the chosen intervention. Self administered pre- and post-Health Trak surveys indicated a statistically significant increase in workers' perceptions of dust, noise, and manual materials handling and lifting hazards. This suggests that Health Trak's training and education about construction health hazards, and the researchers' presence may have increased worker awareness. Workers who identify hazards 'perform the first step to solving work-related health problems.
Construction-workers; Construction; Risk-factors; Exposure-levels; Injuries; Hazards; Health-hazards; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Iron-workers; Electrical-workers; Statistical-analysis; Training; Education; Workers; Worker-health
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Health Trak: a participatory approach to reducing heal risks in construction: report on cycle 1: February-March 1997
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University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts
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