Jeffress points to research needs
October 26, 2000
OSHA chief Charles Jeffress highlighted safety and health questions in need of well-researched answers at the recent National Occupational Injury Research Symposium in Pittsburgh:
- What causes construction fatalities involving falls, electrocutions, “struck-by” incidents and trenching collapses? How can they be prevented?
- How effective are fall protection programs in different types of construction: commercial, residential, industrial, heavy construction?
- What strategies can construction employers use to reduce back injuries? How can contractors address awkward postures and heavy lifting?
- What type of safety training is most likely to produce results?
- Which training strategies, tools or techniques are effective — web-based videos, written materials, on-site classes?
- How important is training interaction? Do students need direct and immediate contact with teachers? Which types of interaction are most effective for distance-based learning?
- Should training vary, depending upon a worker's experience?
- What's the most effective way for employers to train new hires?
- Should employers use the same techniques or different ones to provide refresher training to current employees?
- How can small businesses and ethnic groups receive safety and health training and information?
- Is there are way to structure incentive programs so that they make a real difference — not just on paper but in the work environment?
- Which positive approaches best protect workers and produce real injury and illness reductions?