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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 6.4: 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
6.4.1 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 welding fume related medical testing that can be maintained for workers as part of a health surveillance program across multiple employers. Develop and disseminate guidance on suitable welding medical surveillance approaches.
6.4.2 Emission factor and field screening component - Evaluate the feasibility and use of 1) welding “emission factor” data and 2) available direct reading field instruments, for use in a construction-user friendly system to provide pre-job exposure estimates for safe job planning.
6.4.3 Welding fume exposure database component - Develop and promote the use of a welding fume 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.
6.4.4 Pre-job planning component – Develop, evaluate, and promote a straightforward 3-5 step pre-job welding fume hazard review/plan that can be used by competent persons to estimate and plan for project-specific welding exposure hazards.
6.4.5 Policy driver component - Improve understanding of the economic and policy factors that support or discourage the use of model programs and practices for welding fume control in construction.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
6.4.6 Develop demonstration projects to evaluate the effectiveness of program components and practices in addressing needs of key construction stakeholders. Incorporate results into guidance on model practices and programs.
6.4.7 Use information resulting from Research Goals 6.4.5 and 6.4.6 to develop “business case” and “quality of worklife” materials to portray the value of model practices to policy makers, contractors and workers.
6.4.8 Partner with construction stakeholders and groups to promote the use of model programs and practices 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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