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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Construction Program uses strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

Goals identify specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging for the following reasons:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact - a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency so we don't often directly influence outcomes - we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.


NIOSH and NORA Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. Ten Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers and trucks would likely be a shared goal with the Transportation Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Each of the 34 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 10 NIOSH Sector Programs facilitates the work of a NORA Sector Council to engage external stakeholders in the process of developing sector goals for the nation and methods to measure the short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes arising from those goals. The NORA goals for the nation will be considered when choosing NIOSH sector program goals. Cross Sector programs have internal Steering Committees that develop program goals and monitor outcome measures.

These planning efforts will position NIOSH to align with the most current governmental approaches for evaluating program effectiveness, i.e., the Program Assessment Rating Tool (or PART). PART is a mechanism to hold governmental agencies accountable for accomplishing results. As part of our comprehensive approach to performance measurement, NIOSH has engaged the National Academies to independently evaluate our sector and cross-programs for relevance and impact.


NORA Construction Sector Goals

NIOSH developed draft strategic goals for the Construction Program in 2004-2005 prior to initiation of the NORA sectors. The goals were provided as NIOSH input to the NORA Construction Sector Council effort to develop NORA goals. During the 2006 -2008 timeframe, the NORA Construction Sector Council developed fifteen strategic goals which make up a “National Construction Agenda”.

These goals are available in two formats:

  • A full report containing the goals and narrative in PDF format titled National Construction Agenda - 10/20/08 Revision
    PDF only [PDF - 633 KB]
  • An interactive web site that allows you to browse through all NORA Construction Program Goals and associated projects.

These NORA goals are intended for the industry and the nation. NIOSH chose goals to target intramural and extramural construction research efforts.


Construction Program Goals for Intramural Research

Two goals (Strategic Goals 2 and 10) have been retired due to a lack of NIOSH intramural subject matter experts.

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce Construction Worker fatalities and serious injuries caused by falls to a lower level.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce fatal and serious injuries associated with struck-by incidents associated with objects, vehicles, and collapsing materials and structures.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce hearing loss among construction workers by increased use of noise reduction solutions, practices, and hearing conservation programs by the construction community.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce silica exposures and future silica-related health risks among construction workers by increasing the availability and use of silica dust controls and practices for tasks associated with important exposures.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Reduce welding fume exposures and future related health risks among construction workers by increasing the availability and use of welding fume controls and practices for welding tasks.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Reduce the incidence and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers in the U.S.
  • Strategic Goal 8: Increase understanding of factors that comprise both positive and negative construction safety and health cultures; and, expand the availability and use of effective interventions to maintain safe work practices 100% of the time in the construction industry.
  • Strategic Goal 9: Improve the effectiveness of safety and health management programs in construction and increase their use in the industry.
  • Strategic Goal 11: Develop and build recognition and awareness of construction hazards and the means for controlling them by strengthening and extending the reach of quality training and education in the construction industry, including non-English speaking workers.
  • Strategic Goal 12: Reduce injury and illness among groups of construction workers through improved understanding of why groups of workers experience disproportionate risks in construction work and expanding the availability and use of effective interventions.
  • Strategic Goal 13: Increase the use of “prevention through design (PtD)” approaches to prevent or reduce safety and health hazards in construction.
  • Strategic Goal 14: Improve surveillance at the Federal, State, and private level to support the identification of hazards and associated illnesses and injuries; the evaluation of intervention and organizational program effectiveness; and the identification of emerging health and safety priorities in construction.
  • Strategic Goal 15: Engage the media more effectively to raise awareness and improve safety and health in construction.


Construction Program Priority Goals for Extramural Research

  • The Construction Program selected the following priority goals as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:
  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce Construction Worker fatalities and serious injuries caused by falls to a lower level.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce fatal and serious injuries associated with struck-by incidents associated with objects, vehicles, and collapsing materials and structures.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce silica exposures and future silica-related health risks among construction workers by increasing the availability and use of silica dust controls and practices for tasks associated with important exposures.
  • Strategic Goal 8: Increase understanding of factors that comprise both positive and negative construction safety and health cultures; and, expand the availability and use of effective interventions to maintain safe work practices 100% of the time in the construction industry.
  • Strategic Goal 12: Reduce injury and illness among groups of construction workers through improved understanding of why groups of workers experience disproportionate risks in construction work and expanding the availability and use of effective interventions.
  • Strategic Goal 13: Increase the use of “prevention through design (PtD)” approaches to prevent or reduce safety and health hazards in construction.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the construction sector can view the .

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

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