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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 7.0: Reduce the incidence and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers in the U.S.

Intermediate Goal 7.1: Develop an industry-wide campaign to increase awareness of the human and economic costs associated with construction-industry work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and to expand the capability of stakeholders to identify and control recognized risk factors associated with WMSDs.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
7.1.1 Identify and catalogue state of the art knowledge related to WMSDs in the construction sector by job task and/or trade. This product should emphasize general and industry-specific workers’ exposures to WMSD risk factors and information on the development of WMSDs and recognized symptomatology.
7.1.2 Identify and catalogue current knowledge regarding the various costs, direct and indirect, of WMSDs in the construction industry.
Evaluation of a Contractor-Based Participatory Ergonomics Intervention
7.1.3 Identify and catalogue current knowledge regarding the recognized workplace solutions, including substitute work practices, tools, equipment, and materials, that have been shown to reduce construction workers’ exposures to risk factors for WMSDs.
Translate MSD Intervention Research for Residential Construction
7.1.4 Develop a social marketing campaign to disseminate to stakeholders educational information and materials described in research-to-practice goals 7.1.1 – 7.1.3. This campaign should utilize existing industry communication and mass communication networks, (i.e., public service announcements, internet, etc.).
7.1.5 Develop and publicize a web-based resource to make the information described in 7.1.1 – 7.1.4 available to all construction stakeholders.
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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