Construction Program Description

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Program Description

The mission of the NIOSH Construction Program is to eliminate occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities among individuals working in this industry through a focused program of research and prevention. The program strives to fulfill its mission through:

  • High Quality Research: NIOSH will continually strive for high quality research and prevention activities that will lead to reductions in occupational injuries and illnesses among workers in the Construction industry.
  • Practical Solutions: The NIOSH program for the Construction sector is committed to the development of practical solutions to the complex problems that cause occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities among workers in construction. We want to tailor these solutions to fit unique Construction sector attributes.
  • Partnerships: We recognize that collaborative efforts in partnership with labor, industry, government, and other stakeholders are usually the best means of achieving successful outcomes. Partners are important for identifying the most relevant problems, for developing and participating in research projects, and as intermediate customers transforming research outputs into products for use by construction employers and workers. Fostering these partnerships is a cornerstone of the NIOSH program for the Construction sector.
  • Research to Practice ( r2p ): We believe that our research only realizes its true value when put into practice. Every research project within the NIOSH program for the Construction sector formulates a strategy to promote the transfer and translation of research findings into prevention practices and products that will be adopted in the workplace.

Over the years, NIOSH and its partners have completed numerous research projects to address construction safety and health issues. Support is provided for extramural construction research projects conducted by academic and other researchers through grants and cooperative agreements.

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Projects cut across a number of important construction issues. For example, past projects have addressed important causes of injuries and fatalities such as falls and musculoskeletal disorders. Projects have also addressed health hazards such as noise, silica, and welding fumes. Research has also been conducted to address unique aspects associated with the construction setting – such as small business outreach, vulnerable workers, the lack of permanent work stations and continuously changing environments, opioid and other substance use disorders and suicides. NIOSH-funded researchers have developed tools and approaches to address these issues. Projects have transitioned from identifying problems to developing effective interventions, and finally to providing solutions to the construction community.

Page last reviewed: October 23, 2018