NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals
927002X - Data Acquisition and ManagementStart Date: 10/1/2002
End Date: 9/30/2012
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Dennis Zaebst
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal AddressedNone
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Construction50%
The primary goal of this project is to develop a central repository of exposure-related data for the Institute using a customized version of IH Manager ™ developed by Spiramid, LLC. The aggregated exposure data will be used to support surveillance, research, and intervention priority setting and project activities. This application will meet the needs of all NORA programs where management of exposure data is identified as one of the goals. Data variables will be defined by data collectors/users across the Institute, including a minimum set of variables to be collected during NIOSH field studies where industrial hygiene sampling is conducted, to ensure uniform data collection. This system is also expected to eventually incorporate exposure-related data provided to NIOSH by partners such as OSHA, AIHA, state workers’ compensation bureaus, insurance carriers, and unions.
The primary goal of this project is to develop a data management system which will serve as the Institute’s surveillance tool for exposure-related data. This surveillance system will be available to NIOSH researchers on the intranet to serve as a central repository for occupational exposure data.
A survey will be made of internal NIOSH users of the database system in the 4th quarter of FY 2009. Acceptance and use of the system will be assessed. Measures will include the quantity and quality of entered data, and the breadth and consistency of critical information such as determinants of exposure. The results will be used to assess whether additional modifications to the database will improve data entry and use of the system. Requirements for Phase II will be based on this assessment.