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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 7.3: Develop and evaluate practical and valid methods of assessing exposure to risk factors associated with WMSDs for use by construction stakeholders in the field.

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
7.3.1 Conduct a review of currently proposed and established field exposure assessment methods used to characterize WMSD risk factors or high risk activities in the workplace. This review should include those methods not specifically developed for construction activities.
7.3.2 Evaluate the individual risk factor components of the exposure assessment methods (e.g. awkward postures, repetitive motions, forceful exertions) and determine if these metrics are sufficiently sensitive to determine effectiveness of a workplace intervention for reducing relevant risk factors.
7.3.3 Develop for construction stakeholders exemplary practical, rapid, inexpensive, and valid exposure assessment method(s) which can be used to evaluate exposures to WMSD risk factors, including physical and psychosocial stressors. Evaluate the method(s) with a representative sample of commercial, industrial, and residential contractors.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
7.3.4 Disseminate the exemplary exposure assessment method information to stakeholders.

Other Projects for Goal 7.3

Project Title % Attributed to Construction
Multi-Axial Biodynamics of Hand-Arm System and Assessment of Hand-Transmitted Vibration (HTV) Exposure 50%
Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
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