269191 Building common vision for worker health and safety: Construction partnerships and research to practice in asphalt paving and masonry

Monday, October 29, 2012

Charlotte Chang, DrPH, MPH , Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Laura Nixon, MPH student , School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Jessica Bunting, MPH , CPWR: Center for Construction Research and Training, SIlver Spring, MD
Eileen Betit , CPWR: Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD
Robin Baker, MPH , Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Background and Objectives: Partnerships involving labor, management, and other government and industry stakeholders are hailed as essential for getting evidence-based research to workers “in the trenches and on the steel.” As part of the Center for Construction Research and Training's (CPWR) Research to Practice (r2p) Initiative, we are conducting research and evaluation on such collaborations to identify factors that contribute to or hinder success. We present findings from qualitative studies of two partnerships in asphalt paving and masonry.

Methods: We conducted case study research of the Asphalt Partnership and baseline evaluation interviews with members of a newly formed Masonry r2p Partnership focused on health and safety. In both studies, we conducted in-depth phone interviews – 15 from the Asphalt Partnership and 10 from the Masonry Partnership. All interviews were transcribed and entered into ATLAS.ti software. Two researchers coded each interview using established concepts from the partnership literature as well as from emerging themes.

Results: Many common elements of success were found across the two partnerships which echo themes from the partnership literature. These included shared vision, history and norms of collaboration, trust, transparency, respect, leadership, staff and organizational support, and the role of facilitators. We also report on unique aspects of each partnership including membership composition as well as challenges and contextual factors and circumstances unique to each industry that affected each group's work.

Conclusion: Identifying both the unique and common factors for success of different construction r2p partnerships is essential to fully understanding the nature of effective collaborations.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe 3 elements of success for multi-stakeholder construction partnerships. 2. Identify 2 ways in which construction partnerships may operate differently from other public health collaborations. 3. Explain how multi-stakeholder partnerships help move research to practice in construction worker health and safety.

Keywords: Occupational Health, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 5 years of research and evaluation experience related to public health partnerships and with the close consultation of my post-doctoral mentor, led the research efforts described in this abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.