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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 5.4: Develop model practices and programs and promote their use by construction owners, governmental groups, professional groups, and best practice employers.

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
5.4.1 Portable health testing program component - Develop, evaluate, and promote “portable” (that is, transferable from one employer to another) options for respirator fit testing to include key information such as fit-certified respirator models, respirator training records, respirator medical evaluations, and silica related medical testing that can be maintained for workers as part of a health surveillance program across multiple employers.
5.4.2 Field screening method component - Explore the feasibility of developing a silica exposure screening approach to provide a dust monitoring instrument and strategy that could be used by contractors and workers on dusty jobs.
5.4.3 Silica exposure database component - Develop and promote the use of a silica exposure task database that can be used by safety and health professionals, contractors, and competent persons for pre-job exposure estimation and for planning the use of controls.
5.4.4 Pre-job planning component – Develop, evaluate, and promote a straightforward 3-5 step pre-job silica hazard review/plan that can be used by competent persons to estimate and plan for project –specific silica exposure hazards.
5.4.5 Policy driver component - Improve understanding of the economic and policy factors that support or discourage the use of model programs and practices for silica control in construction.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
5.4.6 Develop demonstration projects to evaluate the effectiveness of program components and practices to address needs of key construction stakeholders. Incorporate results into guidance on model practices and programs.
5.4.7 Use information resulting from Research Goals 5.4.5 and 5.4.6 to develop “business case” and “quality of worklife” materials to portray the value of model practices to policy makers, contractors and workers.
5.4.8 Partner with construction stakeholders and 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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