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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 5.0: Reduce silica exposures and future silica-related health risks among construction workers by increasing the availability and use of silica dust controls and practices for tasks associated with important exposures.

Intermediate Goal 5.3: Increase the availability of engineering and work practice options for preventing and reducing silica exposures

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
5.3.1 Develop a researcher/tool manufacturer partnership to develop and improve ventilation and wet method engineering control power tool designs for dust control and usability --- leading to an increase in the number of new and improved commercially available tools/ equipment/work practices available for reducing silica exposures
Engineering Controls for Silica Exposure in Pavement Milling
Engineering control partnership for dowel-pin drills
5.3.2 Explore fundamental approaches that examine the root causes of silica hazards and exposures. For example, this might include design and procurement questions related to use of high silica-content materials or to reducing the need for on-site block cutting.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
5.3.3 Explore innovative demonstration projects to partner with tool manufacturers, tool rental and suppliers, and other groups to increase the availability of silica control tools and supplies.
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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