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Am J Ind Med. 2002 Feb;41(2):119-30.

Results of an intervention to improve lead safety among painting contractors and their employees.

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  • 1Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP), Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Health Services, Oakland, CA 94612, USA. bmaterna@dhs.ca.gov

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Residential and commercial painters disturb lead paint on older buildings, exposing workers and potentially building occupants. An intervention strategy was evaluated for improving lead safety in these small businesses.

METHODS:

Twenty-one painting contractors received 32 hr 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 1 year later, and conducting contractor focus groups post-intervention.

RESULTS:

Employers met 15 of 27 target objectives and workers met 3 of 12; however, even in areas where objectives were not met, both groups made improvements.

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

PMID:
11813217
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