The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is planning to study occupational exposures of sealant applicators. Several years ago NIOSH conducted a similar study of asphalt paving workers. NIOSH works in partnership with industry and labor in conducting occupational exposure studies, and PCTC has offered to assist NIOSH in its sealcoat applicator study. Last month (July 2015), NIOSH asked PCTC to review and comment on the draft study protocol. PCTC submitted comments on July 24, and included the following commitment:
PCTC believes that NIOSH’s proposed study of occupational exposures related to sealant application will be important for the sealant industry, and requests that NIOSH consider PCTC a willing resource to draw on for information and assistance, including assistance in identifying and selecting companies and recruiting participants.
The NIOSH study was the topic of PCTC’s column in the August/September issue of Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine.
NIOSH is a part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is often in the news whenever there is an outbreak of diseases such as Salmonella (food poisoning) or measles. NIOSH is not involved in making workplace rules. Instead, it collects data about how work gets done to evaluate ways to improve health and safety in the workplace. For the study of asphalt pavers that started about ten years ago, NIOSH partnered with the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) as well as with representatives of pavement workers to look at the working environment of paving crews. PCTC has asked NIOSH for a similar partnering arrangement.
Read the entire column here.