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Release Date

July 26, 2018

NIOSH Announces Availability of Final Occupational Research Agenda for Construction; Identifies "Apprenticeship Training Organizations" as Possible Target Audience

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has published a July 24, 2018 FEDERAL REGISTER notice about the availability of the final Occupational Research Agenda for Construction.

The request for public review of the document was contained in the September 27, 2017 FEDERAL REGISTER. All comments received were reviewed and addressed where appropriate.

Background. The NORA Construction Sector Council was the first council to develop a national occupational safety and health research agenda for construction in October 2008. Efforts are ongoing to answer the question: “What information do we need to be more effective in preventing injuries and illnesses in construction?” A description of research needs and information gaps was one important basis for the agenda. The other basis was “research to practice” (r2p); specifically, a description of how research findings could be used by construction stakeholders to facilitate changes in the industry. The NORA Construction Sector Council seeks to promote the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. The Construction Sector Council consists of partners from Federal and state agencies; employee and employer organizations; Universities, professional organizations, and other entities.

National Occupational Research Agenda for Construction

Final version - June 2018 (

Objective 1: Falls from heights - Eliminate falls in construction

Objective 2: Falls from same level - Significantly reduce or eliminate slips, trips, and falls

Objective 3: Struck by - Reduce fatal and serious injuries associated with struck-by incidents associated with objects, vehicles, and collapsing materials and structures in construction

Objective 4: Electrical - Conduct research to address electrical safety issues on construction sites

Objective 5: Respiratory and dermal - Reduce the frequency of occupational disease caused by respiratory and dermal hazards in construction

Objective 6: Hearing loss - Reduce occupational hearing loss in construction through a multifaceted research and outreach effort

Objective 7: Musculoskeletal disorders - Reduce the risk and burden of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in construction

Objective 8: Workers at disproportionate risk - Conduct research to eliminate disproportionate risks in construction

Objective 9: Small business - Reduce the number of illnesses, injuries, and fatalities occurring in small construction firms (employing 20 or fewer employees)

Objective 10: Emerging issues

Objective 11: Extreme temperatures - Reduce the likelihood of temperature extreme incidents in in construction and develop intervention strategies to protect these workers

Objective 12: Prevention through Design (PtD) - Increase the use of PtD approaches to prevent or reduce safety and health hazards in construction

Objective 13: Research to Practice (r2p) - Build capacity for and a body of research on effective translation

Objective 14: Work organization - Improve conditions in construction by studying safety culture and safety climate and how work is organized

Objective 15: Surveillance - Reduce occupational safety and health hazards in construction through proactive surveillance activities and research

Objective 16: Training - Research to increase the reach, scope, and effectiveness of training in construction

Updated: August 31, 2018