Health Trak: a participatory approach for ergonomic imporvement in construction.
Buchholz-B; Moir-S; Garrett-J
Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites, Singh A, Hinze A, Coble RJ. eds. Rotterdam, Netherlands: A. A. Balkema, 1999; :711-716
Health Trak is a participatory approach that involves construction workers and management, as well as occupational health researchers, in identification, evaluation and control of health hazards. Each eight-week Health Trak cycle has three key components: 1) participatory committee meetings with worker and contactor representatives, 1) toolbox meetings with workers on-site, and 3) participant observation. Ergonomic hazards, such as Health Trak cycles have been completed to date. In the first cycle, the participants identified the lack of sanitary facilities as the health hazard for study. Though an intervention was not implemented, the efforts of this committee have had a profound impact on the local industry. In the second cycle, the committee focused on ergonomics and was successful in implementing interventions to control manual material handling hazards.
Construction; Construction-workers; Workers; Health-hazards; Sanitation; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Manual-materials-handling; Ergonomics
Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts