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

American Journal of Industrial Medicine

Author: 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.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2002


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.

Further Details

Pages: 119-130
Volume: 41
Issue: 2
Accession Number: December, 2010
Keywords: safety, assessment
Reads: 167