RT 232

Implementing Engineering Controls in Construction – Needs, Challenges, and Effectiveness

Wednesday | 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Arranger: M. Cooper, CPWR, San Rafael, CA
Moderator: B. Scott, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Monitors: J. McInnis, Boilermakers International, Fall River, NS, Canada; C. Wesley, Colden Corporation, Blue Bell, PA

Construction is a major segment of the U.S. economy. The 5.8 million workers employed in this industry are exposed to a broad range of health and safety hazards. Excess exposure to silica and welding fumes have been documented, while exposures to engineered nanoparticles are not yet well-known. Engineering controls for hazards including silica, welding fumes and engineered nanoparticles are available for use during many construction tasks but are far from commonly used. Speakers will provide the results of effectiveness evaluations for specific controls designed for construction tasks. Factors that impact performance, acceptance and use will also be explored. Using real-world examples, the reasons some controls are more readily accepted and effective than others will be examined.

Selling Use of LEV on Construction Job Sites – Factors to Consider
P. Susi, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD

Effectiveness of Commercially Available Portable Local Exhaust Ventilation for Controlling Worker Exposures to Welding Fumes
J. Meeker, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Pilot Test Training Program to Promote Awareness of Welding Fume Hazards and General Principles in the Correct Use of LEV Among Apprentice Welders
S. Caporali Filho, University of Puerto Rico – Graduate School of Public Health, San Juan, PR

Effectiveness of Dust Control Systems Tested for use During Masonry Restoration – The Sequel
M. Cooper, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, Berkeley, CA

Silica Dust Controls for Asphalt Pavement Milling Machines
D. Hammond, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH

Exposure to Nanoparticles in Construction and Use of Existing Engineering Control Approaches
B. Lippy, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD