The goal of TRU-Net is to improve the quality and relevance of health and safety research and advance the use of effective research-based solutions in the field by involving a broader cross-section of trainers in research projects, including, for example, participating in and conducting surveys, assisting with the interpretation of research findings, and evaluating interventions, including equipment, work practices, and materials.
The TRU-Net pilot (conducted between 2014 and 2019) involved 1) testing the value of using an online forum to engage trainers; and 2) directly involving trainers in a project to learn about awareness of noise hazards and hearing loss prevention practices, the types of related training provided, and barriers to use of controls and safer work practices. The trainer survey, conducted in 2015, was followed by a worker survey conducted October 2016 to February 2017. Both the trainer survey results and worker survey results identified a need for additional training materials and new strategies to improve retention of the information and training provided. Based on these findings, CPWR developed the comprehensive Construction Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Training Program, which includes models and exercises that can be used on their own or part of OSHA training programs.
To learn more read TRU-Net: Connecting Training and Research to Advance Research to Practice (r2p).