Current Research

Health Hazard Controls Industry Diffusion: Evidence-based intervention strategy (PTD Diffusion)

Deborah Dickerson

Virginia Tech
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Prevention through Design (PtD) has the potential to address some of the most pressing health risks in construction, including in trades such as concrete and masonry, asphalt roofing, and welding. However, adoption of PtD — which aims to prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths by “designing out” hazards — has been limited, and so this project will develop strategies to improve its diffusion. By leveraging previous NIOSH-sponsored work that developed effective interventions for a single trade, as well as an existing model for predicting readiness to adopt PtD, the project will create industry-wide interventions to increase the use of PtD to prevent occupational respiratory diseases.