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ScienceDirectopen accessAuthor links open overlay panelDavid M.

ZalkUnder a Creative Commons licenseObjectives: This paper presents the framework and protocol design for a construction industry risk management toolbox The construction industry is serviced by a collection of trades, many of which have Control Banding (CB) is a simplified approach for reducing work-related risks that uses a Numerous research needs remain and transfer of research from At this level the construction company can assess hazards and get guidance to .

The construction industry needs a comprehensive, systematic approach to assess and control occupational risks. These risks span several professional health and safety disciplines, emphasized by multiple international occupational research agenda projects including: falls, electrocution, noise, silica, welding fumes, and musculoskeletal disorders.

Yet, the International Social Security Association says, "whereas progress has been made in safety and health, the construction industry is still a high risk sector. "Methods: Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employ about 80% of the world's construction workers.

In recent years a strategy for qualitative occupational risk management, known as Control Banding (CB) has gained international attention as a simplified approach for reducing work-related risks. CB groups hazards into stratified risk 'bands', identifying commensurate controls to reduce the level of risk and promote worker health and safety.

We review these qualitative solutions-based approaches and identify strengths and weaknesses toward designing a simplified CB 'toolbox' approach for use by SMEs in construction trades. Results: This toolbox design proposal includes international input on multidisciplinary approaches for performing a qualitative risk assessment determining a risk 'band' for a given project.

Risk bands are used to identify the appropriate level of training to oversee construction work, leading to commensurate and appropriate control methods to perform the work safely. Conclusion: The Construction Toolbox presents a review-generated format to harness multiple solutions-based national programs and publications for controlling construction-related risks with simplified approaches across the occupational safety, health and hygiene professions.