CDPHASConnecticut Department of Public Health and Addiction Services (Department of Labor)
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Because of these risks, in 1990, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Addiction Services (CDPHAS), the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CONNDOT), and CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) initiated the Connecticut Road Industry Surveillance Project (CRISP)(*) to reduce lead toxicity in bridge workers through the incorporation of protective measures into contracts in addition to the use of regulatory measures.
The two principal elements of CRISP are 1) detailed medical and environmental specifications (e.g., medical examinations and industrial hygiene) for monitoring and reducing occupational lead exposures at bridge sites--these specifications are included in the construction contracts and are paid for by CONNDOT under the terms of the contract; and 2) a centralized, statewide surveillance system to monitor blood lead levels (BLLs) in workers--this system is based in CDPHAS.