NIOSH Testimony on Priority Setting and Quantitative Risk Assessment by R. A. Lemen, October 13, 1981.
This testimony discussed a new priority system emerging at NIOSH for the recommendation and documentation of the setting of priorities for NIOSH research, document development, and for making recommendations for standards. Two interrelated and yet distinct objectives were served by the priority system. First was the objective to provide NIOSH management with recommended subjects for documents intended to convey formal NIOSH recommendations including, but not exclusively limited to, recommendations for occupational standards. A documented list will be established which will contain priority subjects for the orderly adoption, scheduling, and initiation of document projects. This list will provide NIOSH planners with criteria for the overall evaluation of program plans submitted by various researchers. The second objective was to provide the NIOSH management with documented recommendations for NIOSH intramural and extramural research, assisting research divisions in identifying subject areas where new research efforts would provide useful information to ease occupational health hazards. This new priority setting will incorporate all NIOSH surveillance activities including general industrial health and safety risks, as well as mining risks. The development of criteria standards based on this type of priority setting was outlined. Extrapolations which will be necessary to estimate quantitative human risk were described.