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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 6.0: Reduce welding fume exposures and future related health risks among construction workers by increasing the availability and use of welding fume controls and practices for welding tasks

Intermediate Goal 6.2: Increase awareness about welding fume hazards and known solutions among construction workers, contractors, owners, and suppliers

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
6.2.1 Use communication science and best practices to develop welding fume hazard awareness materials. Develop materials in multiple languages and media (including new media such as “You-Tube”) to communicate exposure risks and availability of controls associated with welding fume.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
6.2.2 Evaluate innovative training or other methods that could raise awareness and influence contractor and worker use of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and related welding fume precautions.
6.2.3 Partner with construction training entities to develop and promote the use of trade-specific awareness and training materials about welding fumes, resulting illnesses, and exposure control solutions and model practices in multiple languages and media. Such materials could range from 10 hour training elective modules to course materials and training objectives for apprentice training, vocational education training providers, site safety personnel and competent person training, and 10 hour training elective modules.
6.2.4 Partner with state organizations, professional associations, welding associations and construction stakeholders to disseminate awareness and control information into construction practice.
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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