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Document ID (ISN)78769
CIS number 02-841
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Materna B.L., Harrington D., Scholz P., Payne S.F., Stubbs H.A., Hipkins K., Merideth E., Kirsch L., Lomax G., Coyle P., Uratsu C.
Title Results of an intervention to improve lead safety among painting contractors and their employees
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.41, No.2, p.119-130. 32 ref.
Abstract Painters are at risk of lead poisoning when preparing surface for painting in older buildings. An intervention strategy was evaluated for improving lead safety in small businesses. 21 painting contractors received 32 hours of training, technical assistance, and a safety manual; their employees attended an 8-hr training session. Impact evaluation involved interviewing participants at baseline, immediately post-intervention and one year later, and conducting contractor focus groups post-intervention. Employers met 15 of the 27 target objectives and workers met 3 of 12; however, even in areas where objectives were not met, both groups made improvements. Motivated contractors and their employees can make moderate improvements in lead-safe practices if provided with extensive training and technical assistance. Changes that are costly, unfamiliar, or perceived as a threat to work quality are more difficult to implement.
Descriptors (primary) paint removal; small enterprises; lead; safety training in industry; painting; building industry; lead poisoning
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; information dissemination; safe working methods; programme evaluation; personal protective equipment; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) OSH training
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Construction industry and civil engineering
Lead and compounds
Surface treatment
Inorganic substances