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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 11.0: Develop and build recognition and awareness of construction hazards and the means for controlling them by strengthening and extending the reach of quality training and education in the construction industry, including for non-English speaking workers.

Intermediate Goal 11.4: Disseminate and promote the use of construction training best practices, materials, and methods.

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
11.4.2 Research and develop or refine approaches to institutionalize change. Examples might include: funding research and assisting with dissemination and use of results; publicizing practitioner success stories; using awards and other social marketing approaches. Explore strategies including:
  • Requiring OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour training, or other applicable training either through industry-led or compliance-driven means.
  • Determining current capacity of the training infrastructure to address training needs of the construction needs and potential gaps in that infrastructure.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
11.4.1 Plan a national state-of-the-science conference on construction training issues, resources, and needs. (Options could include convening a dedicated national conference, participation in sister safety and health conferences, and piggy-backing onto existing safety and health conferences to focus on discussion of construction safety and health training issues.)
11.4.3 Improve training delivery and transfer of knowledge to small and self-employed construction contractors. Utilize or develop better surveillance tools to improve delivery systems for reaching smaller construction contractors (the majority of the industry). Consider utilizing multiple channels including distributors and commercial retailers of construction equipment and materials, insurers, and lending institutions.
11.4.4 Increase communication with other construction safety and health researchers to integrate research findings into training programs. Encourage diffusion of research findings through multiple venues including web-based information sources, peer-reviewed literature, professional organizations, construction user groups, contractor associations, and construction worker unions.
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Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
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