Among the construction industry are many harmful substances that affect the health of workers exposed to harmful agents. A systematic review was constructed from several case studies that examined and evaluated the respiratory health of construction workers, as well as the factors that affect the respiratory health of workers. It was concluded that construction workers presented with symptoms such as, productive cough, asthma, and lung infections that had worsened within 3 years of being in the construction industry. Additionally, construction divisions that were exposed to harmful substances or safety hazards had a higher percentage of cigarette smokers; concluding that the safety hazards indirectly affect the workers as well due to smoking habits. The risk of lung cancer also greatly increased for individuals exposed to specific chemical agents.

Accompanying the systematic review, research was conducted to identify the common company practices in comparison to the OSHA regulations. In conclusion, companies were found to not have adequate supply of respiratory protection on site and did not conduct respirator usage training for new hire employees. As a whole, this research has shown that lack of access and lack of enforcement, in addition to the general exposures have led to respiratory health issues in workers. Companies should be more diligent in incorporating respiratory protection training and usage into their protection plan to help decrease the negative effects of exposures on respiratory health.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-3-2020


Dr. Bryan Dyer

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Construction Management

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Applied Engineering and Technology

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