BOX 3.1

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.

  • 3.1 Reduce musculoskeletal disorders

  • 3.2 Reduce disorders associated with excessive exposure to vibration

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


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