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Construction Research at NIOSH: Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Research Goals and Sub-goals of the NIOSH Construction Research Program
Goal 1 : Reduce the major risks associated with traumatic injuries and fatalities in construction.
1.1 Falls from elevations
1.2 Contact with electricity
1.3 Struck-by incidents involving vehicles/equipment
1.4 Confined space, excavation, and trenching
1.5 Construction vehicle rollovers
Goal 2 : Reduce exposures to health hazards associated with major risks of occupational illness in construction.
2.1 Reduce noise exposures and hearing loss
2.2 Reduce lead exposure and related health effects
2.3 Reduce silica exposure and silicosis
2.4 Reduce asphalt fume exposures and related health effects
2.5 Reduce dermal exposures and related skin disorders
2.6 Reduce welding fume exposures and related health effects
Goal 3 : Reduce the major risks associated with musculoskeletal disorders in construction.
Goal 4 : Increase understanding of construction sector attributes that affect occupational safety and health outcomes.
4.1 Use and improve surveillance resources to identify and track construction safety and health risks
4.2 Address special populations of employers and employees within construction (e.g., immigrant workers, youth workers)
4.3 Optimize the role of safety and health in construction training efforts
4.4 Explore promising approaches for addressing construction hazards
4.5 Improve diffusion of safety and health research to construction practice
SOURCE: NIOSH (2007).