Path forward: emerging issues and challenges

J Safety Res. 2010 Jun;41(3):301-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2010.04.005. Epub 2010 May 15.


The NIOSH Construction Program worked with industry stakeholders to develop a National Occupational Safety and Health Construction Agenda to target future research and activities. The Program and its partners are also cognizant that new developments can emerge over time and that research can play an important role in helping to understand and address these emerging issues. Examples of emerging issues relevant to construction safety and health are described. These include: (a) climate change and energy considerations; (b) green construction developments and opportunities; (c) new materials; (d) changes in industry structure and practice; (e) workforce developments and disparities; (f) injury underreporting and cost and risk shifting; and (g) increased interest in addressing root causes. Responding to emerging issues while maintaining a focus on fundamental longstanding issues represents an ongoing challenge for researchers and industry organizations. Additional research to understand the diffusion and adoption of research by the industry is also needed. Research accomplished to date provides a strong foundation for addressing future industry needs and trends.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Research / trends*
  • Humans
  • Industry / standards
  • Industry / statistics & numerical data
  • Industry / trends*
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S.*
  • Occupational Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Safety Management / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Safety Management / standards
  • Safety Management / statistics & numerical data
  • United States