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National Public Safety Agenda

The NORA Public Safety Sub-Sector includes corrections, emergency medical services, fire fighting and law enforcement.

The NORA Public Safety Council produced the National Public Safety Agenda to address occupational safety and health issues for public safety workers after evaluation of surveillance data, expert and practitioner input and public comments. The NORA Public Safety Sector included over 3.5 million employees and volunteers in 2011.

On any given day, public safety workers may respond to emergency calls including criminal acts, structural fires, and traumatic injuries. In some cases, they enter uncontrolled environments to rescue potential victims. These duties increase their risks for traumatic injuries and fatalities and place them in contact with biological, chemical, physical and psychosocial hazards that are associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic disorders.

Over 30 stakeholders from throughout the United States developed a series of goals relating to wildland fire fighting. The Council added these goals in this revision. Comments on the Agenda are always welcome; they will be considered in future updates. Information on wildland fire fighting is of particular interest to the Council. You may submit correspondence by email to noracoordinator@cdc.gov.



NIOSH Public Safety Program Strategic Goals for Intramural Research

After considering a number of inputs, including the National Public Safety Agenda, the NIOSH Public Safety Sector Program chose the following strategic goals to guide NIOSH research:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce the incidence of chronic and acute diseases by 15% in firefighters that may be related to occupational exposures such as heat, combustion products and other stressors.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce injuries and fatalities associated with structural firefighting operations by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the incidence of vehicle-related traumatic injuries and fatalities by 20% in firefighters.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce the incidence and severity of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and injuries in the fire service.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Evaluate information sources collected by partners or stakeholders that may be enhanced or expanded to conduct effective occupational health and safety surveillance among law enforcement workers.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Reduce traumatic injuries and fatalities resulting from vehicle collisions involving law enforcement personnel by 10%. (Data collected for research under goals 6 and 7 shall be used only to identify and evaluate practices that help ensure public safety, and not for discipline against any individual officer or officers.)
  • Strategic Goal 7: Reduce injuries and fatalities in law enforcement personnel from criminal assaults by 5%.
  • Strategic Goal 8: Reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease disabilities and fatalities in law enforcement personnel by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 9: Reduce occupational injuries and fatalities in corrections personnel by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 10: Reduce illnesses and injuries in corrections personnel from infectious disease exposures by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 11: Reduce occupational stressors in corrections personnel by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 12: Reduce traumatic injury and fatalities among EMS personnel associated with vehicle crashes by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 13: Reduce traumatic injuries among EMS personnel that occur during movement of patients and equipment by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 14: Reduce infectious disease and other hazardous exposures to EMS personnel during patient treatment and transport with engineering controls, effective design and use of PPE, and proper work practices.
  • Strategic Goal 15: Identify and implement effective policies among EMS agencies regarding work organization factors to reduce related illnesses and injuries.
  • Strategic Goal 16: Create an integrated occupational health and safety surveillance data system for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel and evaluate risks for their exposures, illnesses, injuries and fatalities.
  • Strategic Goal 17: Reduce injuries associated with wildland fire fighting.


Public Safety Program Priority Goals for Extramural Research

The Public Safety Program selected the following priority goals as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce the incidence of chronic and acute diseases by 15% in firefighters that may be related to occupational exposures such as heat, combustion products and other stressors.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Evaluate information sources collected by partners or stakeholders that may be enhanced or expanded to conduct effective occupational health and safety surveillance among law enforcement workers.
  • Strategic Goal 9: Reduce occupational injuries and fatalities in corrections personnel by 10%.
  • Strategic Goal 15: Identify and implement effective policies among EMS agencies regarding work organization factors to reduce related illnesses and injuries.
  • Strategic Goal 17: Reduce injuries associated with wildland fire fighting.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in public safety industries can view the  Funding Opportunities .

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the public safety sector. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.

 
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  • Page last reviewed: September 17, 2013
  • Page last updated: November 1, 2013
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