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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 4.0: Reduce hearing loss among construction workers by increased use of noise reduction solutions, practices, and hearing conservation programs by the construction community

Intermediate Goal 4.4: Develop and promote the use of model programs and practices by construction owners, governmental groups, professional groups, and best practice employers.

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
4.4.1 Audiometric testing program component - Develop, evaluate, and promote “portable” (that is, transferable from one employer to another) audiometric testing options that can be maintained for workers as part of a hearing conservation program across multiple employers.
4.4.2 Pre-job planning component - Develop, evaluate, and promote a straightforward 3-5 step pre-job hazard review/plan that can be used by competent persons to estimate and plan for project -specific noise hazards.
4.4.3 Hearing Protection component – Develop, evaluate and promote approaches to increase the use of hearing protection on construction sites and to address perceived obstacles to use.
Hearing Loss Intervention for Carpenters
4.4.4 Policy driver component - Improve understanding of the economic and policy factors that support or discourage the use of model programs and practices for noise and hearing loss prevention in construction.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
4.4.5 Develop guidance on model practices and programs based on research findings to target needs of key construction stakeholders.
Partnering to Prevent Exposure to Silica, Dust and Noise in Construction and Demolition
4.4.6 Use information resulting from Research Goal 4.4.4. to develop “business case” and “quality of life” materials to portray the value of model practices to policy makers, contractors and workers.
4.4.7 Partner with construction stakeholders and policy driving groups to promote the use of model programs by construction owners and best practice employers of all sizes throughout the industry.
Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director


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